Funding can be provided for your intitial teacher training, where eligible.

Funding Arrangements for Initial Teacher Training

Undergraduates and postgraduates can get help with the costs of their teacher training.
You can get student finance for the following full or part-time teacher training courses if you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate:

  • Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

Funding your course

You can apply for student finance. You’ll get the same level of student loans, grants and bursaries as other students.

Extra help

You may be eligible for a training bursary from the Teaching Regulation Agency if you’re a postgraduate. How much you get depends on your teaching subject and degree class.

School Direct

School Direct Training

  • You could be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £25,000, depending on the subject you want to teach and the degree class that you hold.
  • In order to encourage the best people to enter the profession, if you are applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses you must have at least a 2:2 degree to access a bursary in most shortage subjects, and at least a 2:1 for non-shortage subjects.
  • You will need to pay tuition fees to cover the cost of your course. Tuition fees will vary according to the training provider with which your chosen school partners to deliver the programme, but the maximum that can be charged is £9000.
  • All candidates from the EU are eligible for a tuition fee loan. In addition, candidates from the UK can also apply for a means-tested maintenance grant and a maintenance loan. More information can be found on GOV.UK.

School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

You will be paid a salary by the school in which you train. This salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale. This is the pay scale for all teachers who have not yet received qualified teacher status. You will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your qualified teacher status (QTS) award. You will not be eligible for a training bursary.

Where you fit into these scales will depend on your position, experience and location, as well as on your individual school:

  • London fringe: £18,844 - £29,123
  • Outer London: £21,004 - £31,290
  • Inner London: £22,237 - £32,515
  • Rest of England and Wales: £17,682 - £27,965

The above pay ranges are for 2019/20 and are revised annually. See here for more details.