School Direct Funding

The funding available to you will depend upon which School Direct route and which subject you choose.  It is also affected by what degree you hold.

School Direct 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 ranges - UQ1.  You will not need to pay University course fees to cover the cost of your training. You will not be eligible for a training bursary or student loan.

School Direct non salaried:

You could be eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship, depending which subject you want to teach and the degree class that you hold. You will need to pay tuition fees to cover the cost of your course.

Scholarships Programme ITT 2022/23

The DfE are offering tax-free bursaries of £24,000 in chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics. Scholarships worth £26,000 tax-free will be offered in partnership with professional bodies for chemistry, computing, mathematics, and physics.

The DfE are also offering a £15,000 tax-free bursary in geography, and languages, and a £10,000 tax-free bursary for biology trainees.

There is a limited window to apply for these scholarships  details will be updated with closing dates on each of the institures webites.

For more information on postgraduate bursaries and scholarships details, including application processes and eligibility visit:

When is a trainee fundable by NCTL?

Where they are able to access student support i.e. assessed as ‘home or EU status’ for the purpose of assessing tuition fee status or are home or overseas/international School Direct Salaried trainees on an allocated place and employed in a state maintained school in a priority subject. All trainees that are able to access student support will be assessed as fundable by NCTL whether they draw down the support or not.

When are they not fundable by NCTL?

Where they are assessed as ‘overseas or international’ for the purpose of assessing tuition fees status, or are School Direct Salaried Trainees (home or overseas) on a non-allocated place or undertaking a lower priority, (non NCTL funded) subject and/or employed at a Private School.

Institute of Physics (IOP) Teacher Training Scholarship

The IOP is awarding 175 scholarships worth £26,000 of tax-free funding to talented individuals who are passionate about physics and have the potential to become inspirational teachers.

The next deadline is 29th November 2021, there will be further deadlines announced.  The number of scholarships is limited. The IOP will close the application process when they have reached capacity, so they advise you to complete your scholarship application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Key benefits of the scholarship are:

  • support to develop your physics teaching skills including online continuing professional development (CPD) workshops;
  • funding of £26,000 (tax free);
  • the benefits of IOP membership for your training year; and
  • access to a community of fellow scholars.


Applicants who do not hold a UK or EU passport might not be eligible for funding. International students not holding an EU or UK passport are only eligible for Salaried School Direct places. Applicants must hold the relevant work visa.


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