The Department for education have now announced the following financial incentives for ITT courses starting in 2023/24 academic year.
The following information has been taken from Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2023 to 2024 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on tuition fee-based teacher training courses in England that lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).
Receiving a bursary or scholarship depends on:
- highest relevant academic award
- ITT subject
In languages and physics, trainees starting courses in the academic year 2023 to 2024 will not need to be eligible for student finance to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. In all other subjects, trainees are only eligible for a bursary or scholarship if they are entitled to support under the student finance criteria.
Non-UK trainees should read Train to teach in England: non-UK applicants. Applicants with a degree from outside the UK can contact Get into Teaching or their chosen training provider for further advice.
For 2023 to 2024, the DfE are offering bursaries of:
- £27,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics and physics
- £25,000 in geography and languages (including ancient languages)
- £20,000 in biology and design and technology
- £15,000 in English
Applicants may be eligible for a bursary if they have a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or master’s.
The DfE are offering scholarships of:
- £29,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics and physics
- £27,000 in French, German and Spanish (no other languages)
Scholarships are usually available to applicants with a 1st, 2:1, master’s or PhD, though in exceptional circumstances they may be awarded to a graduate with a 2:2 and significant relevant experience.
Scholarships also come with a package of additional benefits from the relevant scholarship body.
Scholarships are applied for separately to ITT and only awarded to high calibre students who pass a robust application and interview process in one of the specialist subject areas. Scholarships are awarded instead of a bursary.
Scholarship applicants should apply to the relevant scholarship body. Details are available on Get Into Teaching.
Further guidance on postgraduate bursaries and scholarships is available in the initial teacher training (ITT) bursary: funding manual.