Funding for PGCE, SCITT and School Direct teacher training

Funding for PGCE, SCITT and School Direct teacher training

Don't be put off training to be a teacher because you think you can't afford it: there is plenty of financial help available.

If you've a flair for chemistry, physics, computing, maths or languages, you may be eligible for a scholarship or a tax-free bursary of up to £30,000. An eye for design and technology, and that could be a £12,000 bursary. An ear for music could be worth up to £9,000.

Once qualified you will start on a decent salary (the average is around £23,000) with good career development prospects.

Students from England (and EU) could be eligible for tuition fee and maintenance loans to help cover costs from Student Finance England.

Training bursaries for PGCE, SCITT and School Direct

While in England the teaching shortage that prompted the era of the 'golden hello' for initial teacher training (ITT) is now over, there are still bursaries available to trainees on eligible courses in some subject areas where recruitment is still relatively difficult.

Entry requirements

For 2017/18 you will need at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in most subjects to be eligible for a bursary. Primary maths specialists are the exception to the 2.2 degree cut-off for bursaries.

Trainees with a B or higher at A level in maths and a 'relevant degree' are eligible for a £6,000 bursary.

2017/18 bursaries

Trainees with a first class degree (or PhD)

  • Physics – £30,000
  • Chemistry, computing, geography, languages, classics or maths – £25,000
  • Biology – £15,000
  • D&T – £12,000
  • English, history, music and RE – £9,000
  • Primary maths specialist – £6,000 (with at least a B at maths A level)
  • Primary – £3,000.

Trainees with a 2.1 (or masters)

  • Physics, maths, languages, computing, geography or classics – £25,000
  • Chemistry – £20,000
  • Biology – £12,000
  • D&T – £9,000
  • English – £9,000
  • History, music and RE – £4,000
  • Primary maths specialist – £6,000 (with at least a B at maths A level)

Trainees with a 2.2

  • Physics, maths, languages, computing, geography or classics – £25,000
  • Chemistry – £20,000
  • Biology – £10,000
  • Primary maths specialist – £6,000 (with at least a B at maths A level)
  • Other subjects at secondary or primary level – £0.

Trainees without a 2.2 classification in their chosen teaching specialism

  • Primary maths specialist – £3,000 (with at least a B at maths A level)
  • Other subjects at secondary or primary level – £0.

2016/17 scholarships for physics, maths, computing and chemistry

The societies offering the scholarship and mentoring awards are the The Institute of Physics, Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships, the British Council, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the Royal Society of Chemistry and the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. The scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis to graduates with at least a 2.1 in the subject. Candidates with a 2.2 may also be eligible if they have a significant amount of relevant experience.

Professional body scholarships

  • Physics – £30,000
  • Maths – £27,500
  • Languages – £27,500 (French, German or Spanish)
  • Computing – £27,500
  • Geography – £27,500
  • Chemistry – £27,500.

School Direct training programme (salaried)

Those with three years' experience they can bring to teaching (not necessarily in education) might also consider the School Direct training programme (salaried) option. In some subjects, such as maths or physics, high calibre candidates with less experience may be considered.

The salaried route covers the cost of the qualified teacher status award and pays a salary comparable with the pay scale for unqualified teachers (or the advertised rate at an academy).

A number of schools are offering enhanced salaries to maths and physics trainee teachers, so specialists in those areas should check the salary on offer before applying.

Find out more about salaries for School Direct.