Bursaries not the answer to recruitment and retention crisis in Scotland’s schools

9 Oct

By Dougie Atkinson, Senior Professional Officer Scotland

The Scottish Government has announced that bursaries of £20,000 are to be created for “those wishing to change career and become a teacher in priority science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects”.

There is a recruitment and retention crisis in Scotland’s schools, so the Scottish Government has to consider all the options, but unless it can retain more teachers – by addressing the reasons people are leaving the profession, such as workload pressures and stress – bursaries are unlikely to prove to be a cost-effective strategy.

I remain unconvinced that bursaries are the answer. Most teachers don’t go into the profession for the financial reward – so I can’t see this incentive having any real impact in the medium term.

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