Teacher scheme to be pi­loted in city

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

A new Govern­ment scheme to try and find more sci­ence and lan­guage teach­ers will be pi­loted in Peter­bor­ough. Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary Jus­tine Green­ing an­nounced Peter­bor­ough was one of 25 ar­eas in the coun­try to ben­e­fit from the plans which will see stu­dent loan re­pay­ments for mod­ern for­eign lan­guages and sci­ence teach­ers in the early years of their ca­reers. Cam­bridgeshire has also been se­lected as an­other area where the pi­lot scheme will be rolled out. Around 800 mod­ern for­eign lan­guage and 1,700 sci­ence teach­ers a year across the coun­try will be eli­gi­ble for this pi­lot scheme. For a teacher on £29,000, the new stu­dent loan re­pay­ments pi­lot and the in­creased stu­dent loan re­pay­ment thresh­old of £25k will mean £720 cash in pocket.

Mrs Green­ing MP made the an­nounce­ment as she ad­dressed 4,000 teach­ers at the Teach First con­fer­ence at Wem­b­ley Arena, where she also urged the teach­ers to make sure all chil­dren have the same op­por­tu­ni­ties ‘what­ever their back­ground.’ She said: “I want to make sure that ev­ery­one has the same op­por­tu­nity to achieve their am­bi­tions, re­gard­less of where they are grow­ing up, or their back­ground. It’s great news that there are 1.8 mil­lion more chil­dren in schools rated good or out­stand­ing than there were in 2010 and the at­tain­ment gap be­tween dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren and their peers is nar­row­ing.”

She added: “Great teach­ers help un­lock chil­dren’s tal­ents and Teach First is al­ready play­ing a key role by re­cruit­ing top grad­u­ates with the po­ten­tial to be­come ex­cel­lent teach­ers in some of our most chal­leng­ing schools.”

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