Rebecca Evans AM, Assembly Member for Gower, has welcomed the announcement that the Welsh Government’s existing financial incentives for teacher training will be extended into the academic year 2019-20.
Rebecca Evans AM said: “This is an extremely positive announcement. The incentives have encouraged some our most gifted graduates to enter the field of teaching. The Welsh Government seeks to provide the highest quality of learning experience for every child in Wales, and to do this we need to encourage our brightest and best into teaching.”
The incentives of up to £20,000 per student aim to attract the best graduates into teaching priority subjects such as maths, chemistry, physics, computer science and modern foreign languages.
The Education Minster, Kirsty Williams AM said: “Giving school pupils the best possible education means attracting the best teachers into the profession, especially in priority subjects where the demand for new teachers is highest.”
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The incentives, of up to £20,000 per student, aim to attract the best graduates into teaching priority subjects such as maths, chemistry, physics, computer science and modern foreign languages.
Iaith Athrawon Yfory, the incentive scheme of up to £5,000 to train to teach secondary education in Welsh, will also continue in 2019-20. Iaith Athrawon Yfory can be applied for alongside the incentives for priority subjects, making the maximum incentive up to £25,000.
The highest value incentives are available to graduates undertaking Initial Teacher Education in the priority areas who hold a first class degree, Masters or PhD, with other incentives for graduates with 2:1 and 2:2 degrees.
The funding is for postgraduates starting Initial Teacher Education (ITE) courses in the following subjects:
• Up to £20,000 for mathematics, physics, chemistry, Welsh or computer sciences
• Up to £15,000 for modern foreign languages
• £3,000 for graduates with a first-class degree, a Masters or a PhD to teach all other main secondary subjects and primary
• A £3,000 supplement for graduates with a first-class degree, a Masters or a PhD undertaking primary PGCE studies with subject specialism in English, Welsh, mathematics or science.
Further information on the incentives can be found at: