Scheme should cover sixth forms says MP

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GOSPORT MP Caroline Dinenage has called for action to ensure that sixth forms are equipped to provide good maths education.

Earlier this year, the government introduced the Golden Hello scheme.

It exists for graduate maths teachers to encourage them to work in further education.

But neither of the two post-16 education providers in the Gosport constituency (Bay House School and St Vincent College) are eligible to participate in this scheme as sixth form colleges are excluded.

Ms Dinenage asked: ‘There has been a 15 per cent increase in the number of students enrolling at sixth form colleges without a GCSE in maths and yet these post-16 education providers are excluded from the £20m Golden Hellos that are available to attract maths teachers to further education.’

The minister responsible, Nick Gibb MP, said: ‘Sixth form colleges are not included in the scheme because along with school sixth forms, they are eligible for the recruitment support and incentives offered by the National College for Teaching and Leadership which are not available to FE colleges.’