The funding available to you will depend on which School Direct training route you choose.

School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

You will be paid a salary by the school in which you train. This salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay ranges if you are employed by a local authority maintained school, or at the advertised rate at an academy. You will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your qualified teacher status (QTS) award. You will not be eligible for a training bursary.

School Direct Training Programme

You could be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £20,000, depending on the subject you want to teach and the degree class that you hold.

In order to encourage the best people to enter the profession, you will need at least a 2:2 degree to be eligible for a training bursary for initial teacher training (ITT) courses beginning in 2014.

In addition, there is a 25 per cent premium paid on the bursaries of School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

You will need to pay tuition fees to cover the cost of your course. Tuition fees will vary according to the training provider with which your chosen school partners to deliver the programme, but the maximum that can be charged is £9000.

Student finance (School Direct Training Programme only)

All candidates from the EU are eligible for a tuition fee loan. In addition, candidates from the UK can also apply for a means-tested maintenance grant of up to £3,250 and a maintenance loan of up to £5,500 (more if you live away from home and you study in London). offers further information about student finance, including a finance calculator to help estimate the grants and loans that may be available to you.


To find out more about the funding you might be entitled to, please visit our postgraduate funding page