Equal Incentives For All Students In Initial Teacher Training sign now

The Government claims that schools are desperate for teachers, yet the incentive scheme created to entice people into Initial Teacher Training is failing more students than it is rewarding. In order to receive one of the attractive bursaries and grants offered by the Government, you need to be a PGCE student or specialise in one of the Governments priority subjects.

A PGCE course involves only one years teacher training in which students are expected to understand and absorb the amount of subject and classroom knowledge usually reserved for a three year teaching degree.

Students on a more intensive three year BA Hons course in Primary Education sit an intensive course of lectures focusing on all aspects of teaching and school life. Students also specialise in a particular subject of their choice and engage in a lengthy teaching practice each year. However, the only reward available for students on this type of teaching degree course is for those who specialise in what the Government deem "Priority Subjects": English, Mathematics, Design and Technology (D&T), Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Science.

Subjects that are NOT DEEMED IMPORTANT by the Government are Art and Design, Geography, History, Music, PE and RE but why should students who have chosen to specialise in these subjects be penalised for not studying English or ICT? At Roehampton University there are less than 50 students in Years 1, 2 and 3 combined who specialise in PE, whilst there are more than double this specialising in ICT in Year 1 alone all of whom will receive at least 2,500 once they graduate, whilst the PE graduates will receive nothing.
This gives the impression that the Government would rather encourage children to become more computer literate than to become more active by engaging in more sports activities developed in their PE lessons. Yet the headlines dont fail to show how child obesity is rocketing in the UK; and the cause of child obesity? Junk food, television and, of course, computers.

Please show your support for equality in teaching and sign our petition to gain EQUAL INCENTIVES FOR ALL STUDENTS IN INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING.

Thank you!

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