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Funding your teacher training 2020/21

There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three:

1. Tax-free bursary or scholarship
2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
3. Additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability

You'll need a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. An overview of the bursaries and scholarships available is below.

PGCE Chemistry, Languages, Maths or Physics

Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's

Early-career payments 2

Total 2

£26,000 bursary

£6,000

£32,000

£28,000 scholarship3

£6,000

£34,000

The scholarships and bursaries for other subjects

PGCE Subject

Scholarship3

Bursaries

Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master's

Computing

£28,000

£26,000

Biology

n/a

£26,000

Geography

£17,000

£15,000

English

n/a

£12,000

History, RE, Business Studies

n/a

£9,000

Art & Design, Music

n/a

£9,000

1 Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria.

2 You could receive £32k or £34k in total - £26k as a tax-free bursary or £28k scholarship with additional payments of £6k after tax once in teaching. You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year 2020/21, You’ll receive three additional early-career payments of £2k each in your second, third and fourth year of teaching - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course.

3 Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.

Scholarships

In partnership with highly regarded professional subject associations, scholarships are awarded to the most gifted trainees looking to inspire young minds in chemistry, computing, geography, languages, maths, and physics.

New PGDE Bursaries for 2020/2021 academic year.

The Department of Education has announced new ITE bursaries for courses starting in the 2020 to 2021 academic year, these bursaries are only available in the subjects listed below and to new applicants.

Subject

Bursary

Mathematics

£26,000

Science, including Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics

£26,000

Engineering (and/or manufacturing)

£26,000

Computing

£26,000

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

£15,000

English

£12,000


Full Scholarship and bursary details are available on the Department of Education website.