Finance, Bursaries & Training Scholarships

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School Direct (Tuition Fee) and School Direct (Salaried)

Funding for the School Direct Training Programme (Tuition Fee)

With School Direct (Tuition Fee) you get practical, hands-on training and education based in good academies and schools across the country. School Direct courses are designed by academies – with a university.

Based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). The schools recruit you as a trainee onto their School Direct course with an expectation of employing should a position be available.

The School Direct (Tuition Fee) is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee who will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships where eligible. Once you have accepted a place on the School Direct Training Programme, you can then make an application for a tuition fee loan through Student Finance England, to cover the cost of your training. 

Tuition fees will vary depending on the institution and the maximum fee you can be charged is £9,250.  

Am I entitled to a bursary?

You may be eligible to receive a bursary while you train dependent on teaching subject and a degree class of at least 2:2.  For more details click here.  The table below summarises the standard training bursaries that were available in 2017/18 but will be subject to change for 2018/19.
 Eligibility 2017/2018 1
Scholarships 2Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD2:1/Master’s2:2
Languages 3£27,500 4£25,000£25,000£25,000
Geography £27,500£25,000£25,000£25,000
Biology -£15,000£12,000£10,000
History, Music, RE -£9,000£4,000£0
  1. 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. 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.
  2. 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. 
  3. Bursaries are available for trainee teachers in modern foreign languages. The core modern foreign languages are French, German and Spanish. Bursaries are also available for other modern or community languages for example: Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Urdu and Bengali. 
  4. Languages scholarships are only available if you train to teach French, German or Spanish. 
  5. Bursaries are available to trainees on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent. Trainees on other primary courses may be eligible for the standard primary bursary.

Get paid while you train with School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

If you're a graduate and have been working for around three years, School Direct (salaried) is available exclusively for you. You'll be based at an academy or school and earn a salary during your training – and there is an expectation that the school will offer you a job should one be available at the end of your training.

The cost of your training to achieve QTS is covered by the school – check with the school you are applying to whether this also includes a PGCE. We will receive funding from National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) towards your salary and course costs.  Because it is an employment based route, trainees are not eligible for a student loan.

The funding rates reflect national priorities for subjects. In particular it should be noted that there are different rates depending on the location of the employing school to reflect the different salary scales in place across the country and subject area/phase.

You will be directly employed by the academy and will be paid a salary on Point 1 of the unqualified Teacher Pay Scale.

Teacher Training Scholarships

Trainees in chemistry, computing, geography, languages, maths or physics with a 2:1 degree or above who enrol to a fee-based course can apply for a scholarship from their professional subject body.  This provides trainees with an excellent opportunity to access resources and support from a community of scholars as soon as their initial teacher training course begins.  Click here to find out more.

Find out more on the dedicated scholarship pages:

  • computing: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • chemistry: Royal Society of Chemistry
  • geography: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
  • languages: British Council 
  • maths: Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships 
  • physics: Institute of Physics scholarships