This must be a topic that has been mentioned again and again, but I think it's an example of today's ludicrous society. Schools everywhere are having budget cuts, redundancies and 'streamlining' of staff, but on the other hand the government is paying out up to £30,000 per trainee teacher. I know that there is a teacher shortage, but surely they're fighting fire with fire. At one end they are splashing the cash, and at the other snatching it back. Would there be so much of a shortage if there were more support staff to help with tasks to take the pressure off of teachers and allow them to focus on what they are there to do? If teachers had more job security, less stress from the accompaniments of modern day teaching and were allowed to just get on with what they joined the profession to do, would this help to stem the exodus? At the other end the money that they are spending is vast for recruitment, there is no guarantee that these individuals will stay in teaching for longer than the year that their tax free bursary lasts for. £30,000 is a lot of money, about £45,000 equivalent if they were to be earning a taxable wage, will these people really want to take such a pay cut for their NQT year (On average about £10,000) and continue with the profession? I've heard of people doing a PGCE in a subject that has a higher bursary and then ending up teaching another subject afterwards, are these the sort of people that should be attracted to the profession, money hungry? Surely if you are attracted to teaching, you don't need to receive a cash handout, surely if you were set on teaching, you would train regardless of the money. I realise that this will help to cover tuition fee's, living costs, etc., but for the majority of trainees, this isn't essential, drop the tuition fees, £21,000 saving there! The guardian estimated this cost at £700 million a year. I realise that wouldn't solve the problem, as if there are 24,000 schools in England, it is only about £30,000 for each school a year, but it is a start, albeit a small start. I'm not claiming to be in an experienced position, I am indeed one of those who have taken a bursary, but surely the government could spend that money more wisely. Being completely truthful, I would not have turned down my place on the course if there had been no bursary. I would rather there not be the cuts, the lack of job security, and the lack of morale in the career that i intend to spend the next 40 odd years in. Please feel free to correct me if you feel i'm wrong on this, it's just an observation, my opinion.