NEWLY qualified teachers in Barnsley could receive an extra £2,000 a year after the town was chosen to take part in a scheme to boost achievement in certain subjects.

Maths and physics teachers are expected to get the extra money, which will be paid as a salary top-up, if they teach in one of the 42 areas in the UK that are falling behind in GCSE attainment.

Only teachers in their first five years of teaching will be eligible for the money under the two-year pilot scheme to determine if it is successful.

“We want to attract the best graduates, particularly in subjects where expertise is vital to the economy,” explained schools minister, Nick Gibb.