You’ll need a first, 2:1 or 2:2 (or equivalent) to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. If you don’t have this class of degree or equivalent, you can still access tuition fee and maintenance loans to help fund your training and cover tuition fees. An overview of the bursaries or scholarships available to train in different subjects can be found below.
The financial offer for maths
|Eligibility 2019/2020 1|
|Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s||Early-career payments 2||Total 2|
|£22,000 scholarship 3||£32,000|
The scholarships and bursaries for other subjects
|Eligibility 2019/2020 1|
|Trainee with 1st,
2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s
|Primary with maths 7||-||£6,000|
- 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
- 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.
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.
Teaching in England offers a wealth of opportunities and rewards to enable you to build a stimulating and successful career. Additionally, during your teacher training year you could get a tax-free £26,000 bursary, and a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England. Under current rules, EU nationals can access this support if you’ve resided in the European Economic Area or Switzerland throughout the three-year period before the start of the course.