MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane, Keith Brown, has welcomed the recent announcement from the Scottish Government that those wishing to change career and become a teacher in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subjects, will be offered a £20,000 bursary.

School subjects which will be eligible for the bursaries are maths, computing science, physics and technical education but these will be reviewed each year according to need. The scheme will be in place for recruitment to relevant teacher education courses starting in August 2018.

This is one aspect of the Scottish Government’s strategy to recruit more teachers.  Earlier this year, the Scottish Government launched the ‘Teaching Makes People’ campaign which has focused on STEM subjects and also English and Home Economics.

Keith Brown MSP said: ‘This is a fantastic announcement from the Scottish Government. There are unfortunately some areas across Scotland that face a teacher shortage and the Scottish Government has already taken steps to address this through our ‘Teaching Makes People’ campaign.

“We are now going even further in our efforts to recruit more teachers of STEM subjects which are not just crucial for our children’s education, but the future of Scotland’s economy.  To do this, the Scottish Government has recognised that it needs to look further than recent graduates and attract people from business and industry who have the relevant subject degrees.

“One of the biggest barriers for professionals hoping to become a teacher is taking a year out from regular work and their salary to attend university. That is why the Scottish Government will now offer a £20,000 bursary for ‘career changers’ to allow them to train as a teacher without this financial barrier.”