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Funding, pay and benefits

The Government has expressed a clear commitment to offering incentives to attract more of the very best graduates into teaching.

Training bursaries

To encourage the best graduates to enter the profession, financial incentives are offered to trainees intending to train to teach the subjects in the table below. You do not need to apply for a bursary – if you are enrolled on a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria below, you will begin receiving payments at the beginning of your course.

Financial incentives for postgraduate non-salaried teacher training courses in 2015/16 by subject:

Eligibility 2015/161

Trainee with 1st/PhD 2:1/Masters 2:2 Other3
Physics £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £15,000 £9,000
Maths £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £15,000 £9,000
Chemistry, computing £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £15,000 £0
Languages4 - £25,000 £20,000 £15,000 £0
Biology - £15,000 £12,000 £10,000 £0
Primary maths5 - £12,000 £12,000 £12,000 £9,000
Geography, D&T - £12,000 £9,000 £4,000 £0
Music - £9,000 £4,000 £4,000 £0
English, history, RE, primary - £9,000 £4,000 £0 £0

1 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.

2 Trainees in maths, physics, chemistry and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body.

3 Trainee teachers in maths and physics, and on primary maths courses, 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 entitles 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.

Bursaries are available to trainees on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses. Trainees on other primary courses will be eligible for the standard primary bursary.

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 £15,000:

  • 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 initial teacher training (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 teacher training 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.

Pay and progression

Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) in England and Wales can expect a starting salary of at least £22,023 a year (or £27,543 for those working in inner London).

Teaching offers great career prospects and development opportunities. Find out more about teaching salary ranges

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