Responding to the Secretary of State for Education’s announcement of a loan reimbursement programme, the Chair of the Fair Education Alliance Sir Richard Lambert said:
The Secretary of State’s speech today is a welcome step towards improving teacher retention in the UK. We are in the midst of a crisis and it is essential the government takes action such as this to incentivise top people into low-income schools where they can make the biggest difference.
Just last month the 86 organisations of the Fair Education Alliance highlighted teacher retention as a key barrier to addressing the persistent gap in attainment between disadvantaged pupils and their wealthier peers. In the report we recommended financial incentives such as loan forgiveness as a way of solving this crisis. We therefore back the government’s initial commitment to loan forgiveness for teachers in shortage subjects in the most disadvantaged areas. We look forward to hearing more about this proposal in due course. This need to be rolled out quickly and have its effectiveness evaluated.