School Direct Funding

FUNDING 2018/19 Entry

Generous, tax-free funding is available to the best graduates training in a range of subjects. You could get a £26,000 bursary or be awarded a prestigious scholarship – which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year.  With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year. 

Alternatively, you could earn a salary while you train with School Direct (salaried)

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prestigious physics scholarships - applications open


Physics scholarships applications are now open.   The IOP is awarding £28,000 Scholarships to talented individuals starting teacher training in England in September 2019.

The scheme is aimed at high-quality physicists who have (or are predicted to achieve) at least a 2:1 in a physics or physics-related degree. Candidates must have secured a DfE-allocated ITT training place that will result in QTS by September 2019. Candidates with (or predicted to achieve) a 2:2 degree may be considered if they can demonstrate significant subject knowledge.

Applications are now open and candidates can apply via the Institute of Physicswebsite. For further details, including eligibility, please visit the Get Into Teaching website.

Prestigious scholarships to attract chemistry and languages teachers

If you are applying to become a trainee chemistry or languages teacher, you could be eligible for a £28,000, tax-free teacher training scholarship. Both schemes are aimed at high-quality candidates who are passionate about chemistry and science or languages.  

Applicants must have a 2:1 (or predicted) degree. Candidates with a 2:2 (or predicted) degree may be considered if they can demonstrate significant relevant subject knowledge. Successful applicants must secure a Department for Education-allocated ITT training place that leads to achieved qualified teacher status (QTS) status by September 2019.

Successful applicants to both schemes receive additional support to enhance their subject knowledge, gain access to high-quality professional development resources, and additional support to enhance their subject knowledge.

Chemistry applicants will receive membership to the Royal Society of Chemistry for 2 years. Candidates can apply via the Royal Society of Chemistry website; applications are open until Tuesday 31 July 2018 at 5pm.

Languages applicants must be training to teach French, German or Spanish; they will also have access to a dedicated mentor. Candidates can apply now via the British Council.

For further details, including eligibility, please visit Get Into Teaching

For further details, including eligibility and other subject scholarship schemes, please visit Get Into Teaching.

Financial Incentives ITT 2019/20 published

The DfE have published the financial incentives for recruitment to ITT courses for 2019/20.

They are continuing to offer a £26,000 tax-free bursary for all trainees with a 2:2 or higher in the highest priority subjects: chemistry, biology, classics, computing, geography, languages and physics.

For maths trainees they are continuing to offer a £20,000 tax-free bursary, followed by two early-career payments of £5,000 each after tax (or £7,500 after tax if teaching in local authority areas of greatest need) in their third and fifth year of teaching.

Prestigious scholarship schemes will continue to be offered in six subjects: chemistry, computing, geography, languages, maths and physics.

Successful scholars will receive £28,000 tax-free in all subjects except maths, where scholars will receive £22,000 tax-free and the same additional early-career payments as those trainees who received a bursary.

They are offering an increased £12,000 tax-free bursary for history trainees with a 2:2 or higher.

For D&T, RE and music they have increased the bursary on offer for most trainees. For D&T trainees with a 2:2 or higher the bursary will be £12,000 tax-free. For RE and music trainees with a 2:2 or higher the bursary will be £9,000 tax-free. 

The DfE are continuing to pilot Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement in biology, chemistry, computer science, languages and physics for those starting ITT in 2019/20.

For full information on all financial incentives including scholarships, please visit Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2019/20 and Get Into Teaching.
Non-Supported Trainees – Self Funded

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.


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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