Fewer than 1 in 65 teachers will get a £3,000 bonus which Boris Johnson announced seven months ago in a triumphant Tory speech.
The Prime Minister used his Conservative conference address to pledge a ‘Levelling Up Premium’ for new teachers in shortage subjects in England.
Maths, physics, chemistry and computing teachers in 55 areas can get between £1,500 to £3,000 tax-free in up to three of their first five years.
But the small print of the policy, unveiled in full today, shows “up to 7,000” teachers are expected to benefit from the payment.
That is around a 65th of the 461,000 full-time equivalent teachers who were working in the most recent figures for England.
Scroll down for the full list of 55 eligible areas.
Boris Johnson at a school
The actual proportion of teachers benefiting looks set to be less than 1 in 65, because there are more individual teachers than “full-time equivalents”.
Many of those who do benefit will also not receive the full £3,000 – or £9,000 over three years.
The full £3k will only go to people who work both in one of the 55 priority areas, and in a school with the highest 30% nationally of pupil-premium children.
Others will get £1,500, £2,000 or £2,500 per year depending on their circumstances.
When the plan was announced last year Labour branded it a “less generous recycling of an old policy scrapped just a year ago”.
The early career payment for maths, science and language teachers had been worth up to £5,000 per teacher.
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said: “The quality of pupils’ education in crucial subjects like maths and science should not be dependent on where they live, and teachers shouldn’t feel that they must leave their local area for a better paid job.
“Our Levelling Up Premium will help give children and young people the best specialist teaching in maths, physics, chemistry and computing, while supporting jobs in low-income areas, helping to level up education for all and grow the economy.”
Full list of 55 areas where new teachers can benefit
The government says the 55 areas selected as Education Investment Areas include Bedford, Blackpool, Bolton, Bradford, Bury, Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Cornwall, County Durham, Coventry, Darlington, Derby, Derbyshire, Doncaster, Dorset, Dudley, East Sussex, Halton, Hartlepool, Isle of Wight, Kirklees, Knowsley, Leeds, Lincolnshire, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Norfolk, North Northamptonshire, North Somerset, North Yorkshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Oldham, Peterborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Rochdale, Rotherham, Salford, Sandwell, Sefton, Somerset, South Gloucestershire, South Tyneside, St. Helens, Stoke-on-Trent, Suffolk, Sunderland, Swindon, Tameside, Wakefield, Walsall and Wirral.