Secondary Teacher Training (11-16)
You have a wide range of options to support you whilst you train to be a teacher. Depending on the subject you want to teach, you could receive a generous bursary or scholarship. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train on the School Direct salaried programme. Once qualified, you’ll earn a competitive starting salary and have excellent opportunities for pay rises.
On the School Direct salaried route, trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher and paid a salary by the school in which they train, in-line with the unqualified teacher pay scale. Trainees do not need to pay fees to cover the cost of the programme and they are not eligible for a training bursary. Salaried trainees are responsible for meeting the costs of the PGCE uplift, if taken, and cannot apply for a tuition fee loan to support this.
SCITT Core courses are funded through tuition fees. The course tuition fees can be paid in the following ways:
- Independently via private finance
- Tuition fee loans: loans may be available (subject to eligibility) to cover the course costs. Applications can also be made for a Maintenance Loan to help towards living costs. Trainees can apply for a loan even if they already have one; taking out a further loan for teacher training will not affect monthly repayments. Loans are determined by the Student Loans Company. Please click here for further information.
- Tax free bursaries or scholarships: High demand secondary subjects attract a bursary or scholarship which trainees can apply for. Availability is dependent on the highest relevant academic award and the ITT subject. To receive a bursary or scholarship, trainees must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria as either a home or EU student. Applicants with a degree from outside the UK will need to check their eligibility for a bursary. Get into Teaching will also provide guidance on equivalent qualifications. Trainees can apply for a Student Tuition Fee Loan as well as a bursary. Bursary payments are made from the end of October for 10 consecutive months over the duration of the course. Note: If your degree is not Honours standard or equivalent, you will not be eligible for a bursary.
The following bursaries have been announced by the government for courses starting in the academic year 2021/22:
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To be eligible for a bursary you must hold a 1st, 2.1, 2.2, MA or PhD. There are no bursaries or scholarships available for any other subjects.
See the DfE website on bursaries and funding for more information on eligibility: LINK
Scholarships: Graduates with a 2:1 and above 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 also receive a bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship may be eligible for a bursary, if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Please click here for further information on scholarships.
Extra financial support may be available if you are a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability. This is available to all eligible trainees, regardless of the subject being taught. Please refer to the following link for further information: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-my-teacher-training/extra-financial-support.