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Michael Gove announces new Tory policy to support teachers at Cass event

MP gives annual Sir John Cass's Foundation lecture

Friday, 4 December, 2009

Michael Gove, Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, gave the annual Sir John Cass's Foundation lecture last night where he announced a new Conservative Party policy to boost teaching quality in science and maths.
Under this policy, science and maths graduates from top universities would have their student loans repaid if they become teachers.  Their loans would be repaid for as long as they were working as teachers.  This incentive is aimed at challenging the current situation where too many people are considered to have left school without a good, basic knowledge of maths and science and too few go on to study these subjects at university.
Gove said the policy would produce better educated teachers with a commitment to the long term and would diminish the churn where many people leave teaching after a few years, that characterises our system.
The Sir John Cass Foundation Lecture is given annually by a policy maker or commentator and seeks to advance the debate of charity and business working together to promote education.
Cass Business School is named after the 18th Century City of London educational philanthropist and businessman Sir John Cass following a generous donation from his foundation in 2001.  Cass was a renowned entrepreneur and established his foundation for furthering education in the City of London.
Sir John Cass's Foundation has supported education in London since Sir John Cass set up a school in East London in 1710.  He was born in the City of London in 1661 and served as the Member of Parliament for the City.  He was knighted in 1713.

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