Teacher Training Bursary – could I get one?

Are you entitled to a Teacher training bursary? Read on to find out…

As you will see from the table above, the bursaries are offered at different levels for different subjects.

£24,000 – Chemistry, Maths, Physics and Computer Science

£15,000 – Geography, Design and Technology, Modern Foreign Languages (French, Italian, German, Spanish)

£10,000 – Biology

So, first, it helps to explain how the eligibility works. In order to know what you can receive you need to consider 3 things:

  1.  what is your visa status? If you are a home student, then you are eligible for the bursary.
  2.  what subject are you applying to teach?
  3.  what was the highest classification of your degree (undergrad 1st, 2:1, 2:2. MA or PhD)

Then you look down the column of the subject you want to teach and across the row to see the bursary you could be entitled to.

You will see that the subjects that are in the highest demand have the highest bursary attached to them. It does not matter if your degree was a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2, it does not change what you will receive.

The teacher training bursary is paid in 10 instalments, across the year. Bursaries are tax-free so you receive every penny of the money.

The other thing worth noting is that there are scholarships available for a number of subjects – Chemistry, Computing Maths and Physics. The scholarships are offered by the professional body of that subject (Institue of Physics etc). You apply directly to these bodies and they will then assess you. Then, they award scholarships to the teachers that they feel will make a biggest impact and that need supporting to really maximise that potential. If you are awarded a scholarship then you receive a range of things, such as:

– extra funding (£26,000 in place of the £24,000 bursary)

– additional training opportunities

– networking events

– access to resources

– support when looking for jobs

To be awarded a scholarship you will have an interview, complete an assessment of subject knowledge and complete some form of teaching task – presentation, lecture etc. Each awarding body has its own criteria and assesses differently so get in touch to find out more. Do not be put off because you assume your degree is not right, as these bodies are looking for the best teachers, not the most celebrated academics.

If you have looked at your teacher training bursary entitlement and it is not enough for you to survive a year, do NOT despair. There are a number of other funding streams that can be utilised.

Tuition Fee Loans 

Maintenance Loans of up to £12,010

Dependence Grants

In addition to a teacher training bursary, there are also a number of tax benefits / cuts that you can receive, for example – reduction to council tax.

There are number of other grants that can help, as well. Turn to Us, a national charity are able to guide you to these. Even if your subject does not attract a bursary, you can still access all of the other funding streams. We have recently been working with a PE trainee who was accessing funding from these grants.

Teaching and teacher training is changing. If you want to know about how it is changing and what that means for you, click here.

If you want to know more about receiving a teacher training bursary or anything around finance, then book to chat to us here www.bookwhen.com/leicesterscitt

These sessions take place in Leicester.

Good luck everyone.

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