Apply for grants for teachers training

With increasing numbers of graduates and career-changers looking for jobs in schools, the teacher-training courses are becoming increasingly popular. The government estimates that every 9 minutes somebody applies for a postgraduate teaching course. There are still some remaining grants for teachers to help finance a training course, and other bursaries and loans available to help with costs.

The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) website at www.tda.gov.uk has full details on applying for teacher training posts, the courses and the financing available for trainees.

UK and EU students on some Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) courses in England qualify for a government bursary of £6,000-£9,000.

The amount you will receive depends on the subject you intend to teach.  Priority subjects, specifically chemistry, engineering, maths and physics, are funded at the full level of £9,000. The secondary subjects of biology, combined/general sciences and modern foreign languages are funded at £6,000. Other subjects do not qualify for funding.

Trainee teachers, like all students, are charged tuition fees for their courses. The fees do not have to be paid up front, and can be covered, at least partially, by means-tested student maintenance grants and student loans.

In Scotland, a limited number of grants are available to undergraduates and postgraduates on teaching courses (where they do not pay tuition fees). Details of the grants and the application process are outlined on the Students Awards Agency for Scotland website at www.saas.gov.uk, along with details of who is eligible for these grants for teachers.

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