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This impact assessment summarises how decision makers balanced the aim of the bursary against the potential adverse impacts of the policy on groups with protected characteristics.
The Deputy First Minister announced on 8 October 2017 that the Scottish
Government would introduce a bursary of £20,000 to attract graduate career changers to teaching from August 2018 and this funding was again made available the following year, 2019-20. Funding has again been made available for up to 150 bursaries in six key STEM subjects – Maths, Physics, Computing Science, Technical Education, Chemistry and Home Economics - to enable career changers to undertake the one year Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) course from August 2020. These are the secondary school subjects currently with the greatest demand for teachers.