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Conservatives plan to pay students up to £15,000 to take maths and physics degrees

posted Oct 12, 2015, 6:03 AM by Richard Sparks   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 6:23 AM by Nicholas Basson ]
Article via the Independent

The Prime Minister will call for a drive to transform teaching in the two subjects as the number of employees in science and engineering companies continue to grow in Britain.

Students who opt for mathematics or physics degrees could be given £15,000 towards their university costs if they become teachers under Conservative plans to be set out today by David Cameron.

Under the plans, high-performing A-level students will be eligible for a bursary to help cover their student costs while they study maths or physics.

In return, they will have to commit to teach for three years after graduation.

From next month maths and science teachers who have left the profession will be able to receive specialist training in the subjects and help with job applications to help them return to the classroom.

New physics degrees which allow students to gain a teaching qualification alongside their degree course will also be piloted in 10 universities from 2016/17 and fast-track schemes to retrain people to become maths and physics teachers will be designed.

Plans for three new schools specialising in engineering, mathematics and computing and led by leading industry experts and universities will also be announced today…

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