Secondary initial teacher training recruitment rallies following restoration of £10K bursary

The graph below shows the number of individuals who have accepted an offer of a place to train as a secondary RE teacher in 2024-25 as of January 2024. This figure is up by just over a third compared to the figure for the same time last year. This boost is potentially good news for schools struggling to fill RE vacancies, but recruitment is still likely to fall short of the target, which last year was 655.

Interesting to note however, that the subjects with the largest bursaries; Physics (28K), Computing (28K) and Modern Foreign Languages (£25K) are also the subjects where the current data shows the largest improvement in recruitment (between 63% and 206%). By contrast, Art and Design, Religious Education and English, each with a 10K bursary are currently recording an increase of between 29% and 34%.

It is unsurprising especially in the current economic circumstances, those interested in training to be teachers are looking closely at the costs involved and the incentives offered before deciding if and how to train.

Secondary initial teacher training recruitment rallies following restoration of £10K bursary.

Please help us to us campaign for trainee teachers of RE to be offered bursaries in line with other shortage subjects. You can use social media and/or consider writing to your MP. If you are working in one of the many schools who have tried and failed to recruit or where the delivery of the subject relies on teachers who mainly teach another subject, please make your MP aware of that too.

Secondary initial teacher training recruitment rallies following restoration of £10K bursary.

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