Financial Information

              

 

 

Funding for postgraduate teacher training is available for eligible graduates on

postgraduate routes including the non-salaried School Direct programme.

Eligibility

Your tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student. Find out more information about EU or overseas status. All bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.

Tuition fee loan

If you are not on a salaried route you will have to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees for 2020/21 will be £9,250.

Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England 
 
You can calculate an estimate of your loan repayments on the GOV.UK website

Student loans for maintenance and extra support

Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs.  Students depending on their circumstances may also be able to apply for additional grants if they have a disability, have dependant children and pay childcare costs or have an adult who depends on them.  This is available through Student Finance England.  More information on the student loan for maintenance can be found on the GOV.UK website

Training Bursaries

Bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as unqualified teachers on the School Direct salaried route. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teacher training subject and degree class or highest relevant academic qualification.

 

The table below summarises the standard financial incentives available in 2020/21.

Financial incentives for those who train in 2020/21.  

Eligibility (1) 2020 to 2021

Scholarships

Trainee with 1st/PhD/2:1/2:2/Master's

Early Career Payments

 

Secondary Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Physics and Chemistry

£28,000 £26,000

£6,000 / (£9,000)

£2,000 / (£3,000) each in years 2, 3

and 4 of teaching*.

Computing £28,000 £26,000 n/a
Biology and Classics n/a £26,000 n/a
Geography £17,000 £15,000 n/a
Design and Technology n/a £15,000 n/a

English

n/a

£12,000 n/a

Art & Design, History, Business Studies, Music and Religious Education

n/a

£09,000

n/a

                   

* You must have taught in a state funded school in England

since completing teacher training.

Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to NARIC report and consult their chose provider to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary.  You also need to be eligible for a bursary based on your nationality and residency status.  Contact your training provider or Student Finance England for clarification on your degree's equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.

Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, Physics and Chemistry early career payments

There are financial incentives for teachers who have completed a non-salaried mathematics, chemistry, physics or modern foreign languages initial teacher training (ITT) courses in the academic year 2020/21.  Eligible teachers will receive three early-career payments of £2,000 net (or £3,000 each if teaching in specified areas of England) each in their second, third and fourth year of teaching, if they have taught continuously in a state-funded school in England since completing their ITT course.  Teachers will need to have started their NQT year in the academic year after they have completed their ITT training.  Teachers will need to have received an ITT bursary or scholarship in the academic year 2020/21.

Scholarships

Graduates with a 2:1 and above, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers can apply for a scholarship with the appropriate professional body.  As well as the financial award scholars will receive a package of additional benefits provided by the professional bodies.  Trainees with a 2:2 may be awarded a scholarship in exceptional circumstances, if they have significant relevant experience.  Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot receive a bursary.  Trainees who aren't awarded a scholarship are eligible for a standard bursary.

Bursary and scholarship payments are processed automatically for eligible candidates.  You will receive more information on the arrangements and how this is distributed prior to the start of your course.  Trainees will receive the bursary/scholarship payments in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July.

     

    Mathematics teacher training scholarships            

    If awarded a Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarship, not only does it provide an amazing tax-free bursary during your (ITT) year but also additional support such as membership of professional bodies;  training courses and access to resources.  Maths Scholars receive:

    • £28K tax-free bursary during your initial teacher training year.
    • Two years free membership of professional bodies.
    • Access to superb professional resources and CPD events.                

    The full application criteria can be found here.

               

    There are two stages to the application process to the Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships;  the initial application and assessment centre.  There are lots of blogs on their website containing useful information about the process to help potential applicants:  Teaching Maths Scholarships

     

    They have their first assessment centres coming up and have spaces available and are advising people to apply soon to secure their place.  The next available date is Friday 1st March 2019 in York.

    They will will be running assessment centres until the end of summer but we have a limited number which we are able to run and if candidates are unable to attend on either of the dates listed above, it is in their interest to apply early so they can allocate them a later date.  Assessment centre spaces are allocated on a first come first served basis.         

    Physics teacher training scholarships

    The Institute of Physics (IOP) has teacher training scholarships of £28,000 available to physics trainees starting their teacher training in the 2020/21 academic year.  The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries.

    To be an IOP Scholar you will need to have outstanding knowledge of school-level physics and the potential to become an inspirational physics teacher. Each scholarship also includes a package of benefits including IOP membership and early career mentoring. There are a number of application rounds for the year. To apply and to view the full eligibility criteria, go to the IOP website     

    Chemistry teacher training scholarships

    The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has teacher training scholarships of £28,000 available to chemistry trainees starting their teacher training in the 2020/21 academic year.  The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries.

    The RSC is looking for individuals who are passionate about chemistry, have the potential to be an exceptional chemistry teacher and can therefore inspire the next generation of chemists. In addition to the funding, RSC Scholars will have access to a wide variety of RSC support including membership and networking opportunities. Visit the RSC website to view the full eligibility criteria and to apply.

    Computing teacher training scholarships

    BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has teacher training scholarships of £28,000 available to computing trainees starting their teacher training in the 2020/21 academic year.  The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries.

    BCS is looking for outstanding individuals who are passionate about computing and have the potential to become inspirational teachers. Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of school level computing. Scholars will have access to BCS membership and early career mentoring opportunities with schools, universities and major employers. Visit the BCS website to view the full eligibility criteria and to apply.

    Geography teacher training scholarships

    The Royal Geographical Society with IBG, has teacher training scholarships of £17,000 available to geography trainees starting their teacher training in the 2020/21 academic year.  The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries.

    RGS are looking for individuals that must have a geography or related degree with a proven or predicted grade of at least 2:1 or a recognised equivalent (a 2:2 may also be considered if you can demonstrate significant geography-related professional experience).  Alternatively, you could be awarded a scholarship if you have a relevant PhD or Master's degree. The package will include membership offers, access to teaching resources and academic journals, and early career support. Visit the RGS website for further information.

    Modern foreign language teacher training scholarships

    The British Council, has teacher training scholarships of £28,000 available to modern foreign language trainees (French, German or Spanish) starting their teacher training in the 2020/21 academic year.  The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries.

    The British Council are looking for French, German or Spanish trainees with at least a 2:1.  Individuals with a 2:2 can still apply but you will need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Visit the British Council website for further information.

    Student loan for maintenance and extra support

    Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs.  Students depending on their circumstances may also be able to apply for additional grants if they have a disability, have dependant children and pay childcare costs or have an adult who depends on them. This is available through Student Finance England. More information on the student loan for maintenance can be found on the GOV.UK website

     

    School Direct Salaried

    Tuition fees are covered by the Government grant that SCITT receives.

    You are paid a salary on the unqualified teachers pay scale (usually point 1 £17,682 2019/20 rates).