28/06/2004

'Golden hellos' for maths teachers set to rise

The 'golden hello' for people training to become maths teachers will rise from £4,000 to £5,000 next year in a move to attract more graduates, it has been announced today.

It is one of the measures Education and Skills Secretary Charles Clarke set out today in response to a report on maths teaching - Making Mathematics Count - published earlier this year.

Other measures to reform post-14 maths in England include: raising the teacher training bursary for maths graduates from £6,000 to £7,000 in September 2005; guaranteeing advanced maths teachers a minimum salary of £40,000; appointing a new Chief Adviser for mathematics to oversee the implementation of the mathematics strategy; and establishing a National Centre for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching.

Mr Clarke said that mathematical skills are crucial throughout the curriculum, from geography to ICT, and they are vital for today's economy.

"The key issue is to raise the profile and esteem of mathematics. In the meantime it is important we provide the right incentives to attract graduates to become mathematics teachers. I am therefore proposing to increase the training bursaries, Golden Hellos and increase the salaries of mathematics Advanced Skills Teachers to ensure the best teachers stay in the classroom."

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