Funding for Postgraduate Training
Funding for postgraduate teacher training
Funding for teacher training is available for eligible graduates who are starting their training in the 2020-21 academic year on postgraduate routes including the non-salaried School Direct programme. Funding amounts will vary depending on the subject you intend to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification. If you do not have a degree in the subject you wish to teach, free courses are available to increase your subject knowledge prior to teacher training.
Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a £26,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. If you teach maths, you could get £30,000 – a £20,000 tax-free bursary while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching. With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train.
You can use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, for instance Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grants or Child Tax Credits. If you’re on a salaried course, you can estimate any in-work benefits by using the calculators on GOV.UK. The calculator is for trainees intending to train in 2019/20 – you can still use this to get an estimate of your entitlement for 2020-21. An updated version will be released soon.
If you are awarded a bursary of up to £12,000 and study full-time: you will receive the bursary in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July you are advised to confirm the actual payment schedule with your initial teacher training (ITT) provider
If you are awarded a bursary of £15,000 or over, or a scholarship of £25,000 or £30,000, and study full-time: you will receive 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July, but with additional payments in February and July, or in the final month of your course you will need to be on the course at 1 January to receive the first additional payment in February, and will need to complete the course to receive the second additional payment at the end of your course you are advised to confirm the actual payment schedule with your initial teacher training (ITT) provider
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 or scholarships available to train in different subjects can be found below. For more detailed information on available funding, follow the links below the table.
Important information for non-UK EU nationals and EEA citizens following EU referendum result:
EU nationals applying for teacher training in 2019/20 and 2018/19 will still be able to access tax-free bursaries or scholarships, and a tuition fee loan. Under current rules, EU nationals can access this support if they have resided in the European Economic Area or Switzerland throughout the three-year period before the start of the course. For EU citizens living in the UK, the agreement with the EU on citizens’ rights means EU citizens living here before the UK’s withdrawal can stay and carry on living their lives broadly as now. For more information, visit GOV.UK.
Financial incentives for postgraduate non-salaried teacher training courses in 2019/20 by subject:
|Early career payment *2||Scholarships *3||Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Masters|
|Languages *4||£28,000 *5||£26,000|
|Primary with Maths *7||£6,000|
Bursaries and scholarships for teacher training | Get Into Teaching
- 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. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.
- You could receive £30k or £32k in total – £20k as a tax-free bursary or £22k scholarship with additional payments of £10k 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 years 2018/19 or 2019/2020. You’ll receive two additional early-career payments of £5k each in your third and fifth 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. View the full terms and conditions.
- 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.
- Bursaries are available for trainees in French, German and Spanish. They are also available for other modern, community or ancient languages. The full list of eligible languages can be found on GOV.UK.
- Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish.
- Bursaries are available to trainees on a classics course where the course is in an ancient language (Latin or Ancient Greek).
- Bursaries are available to trainees on primary with maths courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent.
How Bursaries Are Paid – You don’t need to apply for a bursary. If you’re enrolled on a non-salaried postgraduate course and meet the eligibility criteria, you will begin receiving payments automatically from your chosen teacher training provider when you begin your course. How you’re paid will depend on the amount of financial support you receive. If you’re awarded a bursary or scholarship, you’ll receive this in 10 equal monthly instalments from October to July.
Details of the payments are as follows:
- £4,000: £400 each month
- £6,000: £600 each month
- £9,000: £900 each month
- £12,000: £1,200 each month
- £15,000: £1,500 each month
- £20,000: £2,000 each month
- £22,000: £2,200 each month
- £26,000: £2,600 each month
- £28,000: £2,800 each month
You’re advised to confirm the actual payment schedule with your teacher training provider.
These payments are not taxable, but might be included as part of your capital income if you receive state benefits. Contact your local benefits office to find out how this might affect your situation.
If you’re on a part-time or accelerated course, you may be paid in larger instalments throughout its duration, but no more than 50% of the bursary will be paid in one go.
Postgraduate tuition fee and maintenance loans
If you’re looking to train on a non-salaried teacher training course, you could receive a tuition fee and maintenance loan to help you successfully complete your postgraduate teacher training year and start your new career. This is available to all eligible postgraduate teacher trainees, with or without a bursary or scholarship.
Tuition fees and any other financial support you might receive will depend on your status as a home, EU/EEA or overseas student. Make sure you’re aware of the level of support you’re eligible for before you apply for teacher training.
Tuition fee loans
Tuition fees will vary depending on the course you are on and your chosen training provider. For more details on the fees charged, you should contact the HEI or SCITT provider of the course or programme you are interested in.
Home and EU/EEA students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees. This is available through Student Finance England. You won’t have to pay the cost of tuition charges up front and you will only repay the loan once you’re in employment and earning above £25,000.
Important information for non-UK EU nationals and EEA citizens following EU referendum result:
EU nationals applying for teacher training in 2017/18 and 2018/19 will still be able to access tax-free bursaries or scholarships, and a tuition fee loan. Under current rules, EU nationals can access this support if they have resided in the European Economic Area or Switzerland throughout the three-year period before the start of the course. For EU citizens living in the UK, the agreement with the EU on citizens’ rights means EU citizens living here before the UK’s withdrawal can stay and carry on living their lives broadly as now. For more information, visit GOV.UK and sign up to the Home Office email updates.
You may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs – amounts are dependent on household income and if you’re living with your parents.
If you’re an EU/EEA national, you may be eligible for help with living costs, and you could apply for a maintenance loan as a UK national if you’ve been living in the UK for more than 5 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course.
Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to apply for this support via your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI).
Additional support and advice
Some providers may be able to offer additional funding and support, for example by paying your travel expenses to school placements. Be sure to contact them to find out what’s available for someone in your financial situation.
If you’re on a non-salaried course, you could access further funding to support your journey into teaching. You can use the student finance calculator to estimate student loans and extra funding that may be available, for instance Parents’ Learning Allowance, Childcare Grants or Child Tax Credits.