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The Government has announced that new mathematics and physics teachers working in the most deprived areas will be given a £2,000 retention payment in a bid to improve recruitment and retention.

Ryan Shorthouse, director of Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal Conservatism, recommended in April 2017 to provide a new salary supplement for teachers working in under-performing schools.

Commenting, Ryan Shorthouse, Director of Bright Blue, said:

“The quality of teaching is the most important factor at school for shaping children’s long-term attainment. But there is a real problem with recruiting and retaining teachers, especially in less advantaged areas of the country. Ambitious, talented teachers need to be incentivised to teach in state schools in struggling areas. Evidence shows salary supplements can help.”