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Last Updated: Monday, 3 November, 2003, 16:40 GMT
Cash offer for physics teachers
Physics teachers will not need to have studied a degree in physics
Financial incentives are being offered in an effort to recruit more students to teach physics.

From January, a weekly bursary of 150 will be paid to non-physics graduates who re-train as physics teachers.

The pilot scheme, to be run by a consortium including Keele University, is attempting to tackle a shortage of physics teachers.

It will provide a route for would-be physics teachers to study the subject before entering teacher training.

There are not enough physics students graduating from university to provide the teachers needed for the subject in schools.

So the six month "enhancement" course will provide a deeper knowledge of physics for graduates of other subjects, after which students would begin a year-long postgraduate teacher training course.


The scheme will be targeting people who might have studied elements of physics as part of their degree or within their work.

The pilot project is being run on behalf of the Teacher Training Agency and is the latest attempt to introduce more ways into teaching.

Keele University's course will be run in conjunction with Wolverhampton University and nine local education authorities.

The consortium also includes St Martin's College, Lancaster, Manchester Metropolitan University and Edge Hill College of Higher Education, Ormskirk.

The TTA's director of teacher supply and recruitment, Mary Docherty, said "There are not enough university and college students studying physics to develop into the teachers we need."

"These courses will help people with all the qualities required to become effective teachers to go beyond 'text book physics' and apply their understanding to the world around them.

"For example, the courses may contain a module on the physics of brewing, or a visit to a theme park. They will be able to teach accurately with added confidence and enthusiasm."

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