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Teachers: Incentives

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL9103, tabled on 6 July 2023

To ask His Majesty's Government why financial incentives for teachers are not offered for teaching additional subjects to support a broad school curriculum.

Answered on

20 July 2023

Each year the department reviews the financial incentives it offers to support the recruitment and retention of teachers where there is the greatest need. This ensures the department is providing funding where it is needed the most.

The department offers a Levelling Up Premium worth up to £3,000 tax-free annually for mathematics, physics, chemistry and computing teachers in the first five years of their careers who work in disadvantaged schools, including within Education Investment Areas. This supports the supply of teachers in the highest demand subjects and ensures they are placed within the schools and areas that need them the most.

The department also continues to focus initial teacher training (ITT) bursaries and scholarships on English Baccalaureate subjects, particularly those experiencing teacher shortages, to secure as many applicants as possible in subjects where schools are likely to devote the most teaching time.