The government has announced that it will extend teacher training bursaries to four more subjects for graduates with 2:2 degrees.

The recruitment plans will see graduates receive bursaries for training in history, religious education, music and design technology.

The bursaries scheme will be for those graduates entering training from 2019/20.

Currently, the training bursaries are offered only to trainee teachers in those four subjects if they have a 2:1 degree or a first class degree.

The announcement comes after news that the government has missed recruitment targets for teachers, particularly for DT and RE.

Receiving tax-free bursaries

The move will see history and DT trainee teachers, who have at least a 2:2 degree, receiving tax-free bursaries worth £12,000.

Previously, graduates with a first received the £12,000 offer, while graduates with a 2:1 received £9,000.

All of these subjects have struggled to attract teachers in recent years and RE and DT are among the worst in not meeting recruitment targets in the teacher supply model.

Government figures reveal that for RE, only 63% of trainee teacher places were filled, compared to 33% for DT.

However, history recruited more teachers to exceed its target and is only one of two subjects that did so.

Bursaries for teachers

The bursaries for teachers entering the profession to study chemistry, languages, physics and biology as well as geography, classics and computing will still receive £26,000 if they have a 2:2 or higher.

Also, scholarships will still be available in six subjects; languages, maths, physics, computing, chemistry and geography from next year.

The scholars will receive £28,000 in each subject except maths with scholars in that subject receiving £22,000 tax-free and additional early career payments.

Funding for teaching apprenticeships from 2019 in all subjects will also rise by £2,000.

The Minister for School Standards, Nick Gibb, said: “Along with work we are doing to support teachers in the early years of their career and tackling workload, this will help underline our determination for supporting the teaching sector.”