Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Denying Postgrad Loans to Teachers 'Wastes Cash'

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Denying Postgrad Loans to Teachers 'Wastes Cash'

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Teachers should have access to flexible loans, experts say

The government is "missing a trick" and wasting money by refusing flexible loans for teachers who want to top up their PGCEs to masters degrees, according to university teacher-training providers.

New postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are being introduced this autumn for potential students in any subject who want to study for a masters degree.

But the loans - to pay for tuition fees and living costs - are available only to those enrolling for an entire masters degree.

There is nothing available for those who already have masters-level credits through a postgraduate course, such as a PGCE, and want to convert it to a full masters through extra study.

James Noble-Rogers, executive director of the Universities' Council for the Education of Teachers, said teachers with masters credits should also have access to the loans.

"The importance of CPD, especially for new teachers, has never been greater," he said.

"It is essential that teachers are able to access funding to undertake the professional development that they need. …

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