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 on a postgraduate ITT course which is not salaried, you will have to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees vary depending on the course and the higher education institution (HEI) or SCITT provider. You should contact the HEI or SCITT provider of the course or programme you are interested in directly for details of the fees charged.

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

No trainee will need to pay the cost of tuition charges up front. They will only pay once they are in full-time employment and earning above £21,000.

You can calculate an estimate of your loan repayments on the GOV.UK website 

Training bursaries

The information below applies to those that attend to train in 2014/15. Full details of available financial support for 2015/16 will be announced soon. Please keep checking this page for the latest information.

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.

Teaching is a prime career choice for high-quality graduates, and we are looking for excellent graduates wanting to train to teach secondary subjects. To encourage the best people to enter the profession, larger financial incentives are offered to trainees with 2:1 and first class degrees.

The bursary scheme recognises exceptional achievement outside of degree results and allows flexibility in some cases. In exceptional circumstances trainees may receive a higher bursary than their degree class would otherwise allow. This allows the scheme to take account of, for example, trainees with a 2:2 and a PhD or proven exceptional subject knowledge gained from another career. More information is available in the bursary document about the consideration of exceptional achievements.

Postgraduate bursaries are paid in installments throughout the training year. Trainees can choose to spend the bursary as they wish.

The table below summarises the standard financial incentives available in 2014/15:

Financial incentives for those who train in 2014/15

Training bursary 2014/151 ITT subject/phase
Physics, maths Computing Chemistry Languages4 Other priority secondary5 and primary Primary maths specialists6
Scholarship2 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 - - -
Trainee with first £20,000 £20,000 £20,000 £20,000 £9,000 £11,000
2:1 £20,000 £20,000 £15,000 £15,000 £4,000 £11,000
2:2 £15,000 £15,000 £12,000 £12,000 £0 £6,000
Other3 £9,000 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0

1 A School Direct trainee who spends more than 60 days in a school (or schools) where more than 35% of the pupils are eligible for free school meals will be entitled to a 25% uplift to their original bursary/scholarship.

2 Trainee teachers in maths, physics, chemistry and computing with a 2:1 or first are able to apply for scholarships with the relevant subject association group. Applicants for the scholarships will be subject to a competitive process. Trainees who hold the scholarship will not also be eligible for the standard Department for Education (DfE) bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries in 2014/15.

3 Trainee teachers in maths and physics with a relevant degree and at least a B at A level in maths or physics (or equivalent) will be eligible for a bursary of £9,000. Trainees will not be entitled to this bursary if they are also entitled to a higher bursary based on degree class.

Bursaries are available to train to teach modern foreign languages, community languages and ancient languages including Latin and Ancient Greek.

Other priority secondary subjects are English, history, biology, geography, music, and design and technology.

Available to trainees with a B or better at maths A level on primary maths specialist courses only. Those who do not have a B or higher at maths A level, or those who train on general primary courses, will receive the normal primary bursary for their degree class.

Please note that the TDA commissioned a grade comparison exercise, carried out by UK NARIC, of all international awards that are considered comparable to British Bachelor (honours) degree standard. Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table (PDF, 1MB) to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary, or should consult their chosen training provider.

Bursary payments are processed automatically for eligible candidates by their chosen teacher training provider. You will receive more information on the arrangements and how this is distributed prior to the start of your course.

For bursary awards up to £13,750:

  • Trainees will receive the bursary in equal monthly instalments for the duration of their course.
  • Trainees are advised to confirm the actual monthly amounts that will be paid with their ITT provider.

For bursary awards of £15,000 or over:

  • Trainees will continue to receive equal monthly instalments for the duration of their course, but this will be enhanced by larger payments in February and July, or in the final month of the trainee's course.
  • The trainee would need to be on the course at 1 January to receive the first enhanced payment in February, and would need to have completed the course to receive the second payment at the end of their programme.

The potential range of options now available to trainees for ITT makes it important that you are fully informed of the financial support you may be able to access to complete your training. When considering your training options, you may wish to ask your training provider about what bursaries, grants and support are available to you for the choice you are making. Information and advice can also be sought from the Student Loans Company or by contacting the Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.

School Direct bursary top-up

A School Direct trainee who spends more than 60 days in a school (or schools) where more than 35% of the pupils are eligible for free school meals will be entitled to a 25% uplift to their original bursary/scholarship.

The list of schools that qualify is highlighted in yellow on this spreadsheet (Excel, 2.46MB). The data provided in this list is taken from the Spring Schools census in January 2013. You should ensure that you consider the name and URN of the school as it was at January 2013 when using this document.

The School Direct bursary top-up is only available in combination with a standard bursary, and will be paid on top of the standard bursary amount the trainee is eligible for. Schools are not required to offer free school meals to participate in School Direct.

Maths teacher training scholarships

The Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA), in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), has teacher training scholarships of £25,000 available to maths trainees starting their teacher training in the 2014/15 academic year. A 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

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 a maths scholar you will need to have exceptional subject knowledge, enthusiasm for the study of maths, and outstanding potential to teach. Successful scholars will be offered additional support from the IMA, LMS, RSS and MEI to enable them to make a significant contribution to the development of maths teaching in the schools where they train and work. The package will include membership offers, access to teaching resources and academic journals, and early career support. The final application deadline for IMA scholarships in 2014/15 has now passed. Please visit the IMA website for further information.

Physics teacher training scholarships

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has teacher training scholarships of £25,000 available to physics trainees starting their teacher training in the 2014/15 academic year. A 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

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. The final application deadline for IOP scholarships in 2014/15 has now passed. Please visit the IOP website for further information

Chemistry teacher training scholarships

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has teacher training scholarships of £25,000 available to chemistry trainees starting their teacher training in the 2014/15 academic year. A 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

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. The final application deadline for RSC scholarships in 2014/15 has now passed. Please visit the RSC website for further information.

Computing teacher training scholarships

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, has teacher training scholarships of £25,000 available to computing trainees starting their teacher training in the 2014/15 academic year. A 25 per cent premium will be paid to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

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. The final application deadline for BCS scholarships in 2014/15 has now passed. Please visit the BCS website for further information. 

Student loan for maintenance

Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. This is available through Student Finance England. More information on the student loan for maintenance can be found on the GOV.UK website

Maintenance grant

Home students in England may also be eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant. This grant will be means tested and you can apply through Student Finance England. More details about these grants and the funding arrangements for trainees from the EU can be found on the GOV.UK website

Next steps

Call the Teaching Line for more information about becoming a teacher:

Freephone: 0800 389 2500