Physics and maths teacher retention payments

The Department for Education (England) recently announced details of the mathematics and physics teacher retention payments pilot, which will run across the academic years 2019 to 2020 and 2020 to 2021.

Mathematics and physics teachers in the first five years of their career will be eligible for a £2,000 retention payment after tax. To be eligible, teachers must have completed either an undergraduate or postgraduate mathematics or physics related degree or initial teacher training course specialising in mathematics or physics.

Teachers must also be employed in a state-funded secondary in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, or remaining Opportunity Areas, and can be employed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Charles Tracy, Head of Education at the Institute of Physics, said: “The IOP welcomes an initiative that explores ways to retain new teachers of physics because it’s a hugely problematic area. Currently, almost 40 per cent of newly qualified physics teachers will have left within their first five years, which is a shocking statistic and it’s crucial that we work together to find ways to motivate and retain these early career professionals. “We’ll watch with interest to see how this pilot develops but, given that it’s based on rigorous evidence which shows it can work, we’re optimistic about the possibilities.”

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