Pay has risen in competing sectors in STEM subjects

This headline statement was submitted on Thursday by Diana Barran who is part of the House of Lords and she is also a Government Minister in the Department for Education. Her boss in the DfE is Gillian Keegan who is the Chichester MP and so one assumes that Gillian will also endorse this call. The document was set out on Thursday following a written question from Jenny Chapman who is the Labour Shadow Spokeperson for Education in the House of Lords. The question from Jenny was

To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Initial teacher training: trainee number census 2022 to 2023; and in particular, the finding that the recruitment target for physics has been missed by more than 80 per cent.

So it did not refer to STEM. The full response from Diana was much longer but this is the focus on STEM

As expected, the unprecedented increase in new entrants to ITT because of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020/21 has declined over the past 2 years. The graduate and general labour markets became more competitive and pay has risen in competing sectors, especially in priority Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects. Some STEM subjects face more recruitment challenges than others and this is reflected in their performance against the PGITT targets.

and then a bit later she said

The department has also announced funding for physics for those training in 2023/24. A £27,000 tax-free bursary or £29,000 tax-free scholarship in chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics reflects the priority the department places on training teachers to teach STEM subjects.

The full text can be obtained from this location which is called Physics Teacher.

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