School Direct Funding

FUNDING 2020/21 Entry  (INFORMATION WILL BE UPDATED FOR 2021 entry once details have been  released by NCTL)

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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Scholarships programme - recruitment to Modern Foreign Languages

The scheme is aimed at high-quality linguists, passionate about teaching French, Spanish or German at secondary level in England. Successful candidates must secure a fee paying training place by September 2020, which leads to achieving QTS status, at an ITT provider or lead school with permission to recruit by DfE. They should have a subject-relevant 2:1 (or predicted) degree. Candidates who have a 2:2, or predicted 2:2 degree in the language, a relevant PhD or master’s degree, or recognised equivalent and substantial relevant experience, you may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

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

Applications open on 13th January 2020. Candidates can apply via the British Council.

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

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 2020.

The scheme is aimed at high-quality physicists who have (or are predicted to achieve) at least a 2:1 in a physics or related degree (such as maths or engineering) or hold a relevant PhD or master’s degree or recognised equivalent. Candidates must have secured a DfE-allocated fee paying ITT training place that will result in QTS by September 2020. Candidates with (or predicted to achieve) a 2:2 degree may be considered if they can demonstrate significant physics-related experience or knowledge.

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

Prestigious scholarships to attract chemistry teachers

If you are applying to become a trainee chemistry teacher, you could be eligible for a £28,000, tax-free teacher training scholarship from the RSC. The scheme is aimed at high-quality candidates who are passionate about chemistry and inspiring the next generation.  

Applicants must have a 2:2 - or predicted to achieve a degree in chemistry or related degree. If your degree has less than 50% chemistry content, you'll need to have completed a chemistry subject knowledge enhancement course or hold a relevant PhD or Master’s degree. Successful applicants must secure a Department for Education-allocated fee paying ITT training place that leads to achieved qualified teacher status (QTS) status by September 2020.

Successful applicants will gain access to high-quality professional development resources.

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.

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 2020/21 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: maths, chemistry, biology, physics, computing, classics and languages.

For Chemistry, Physics, Languages and Maths a £26k tax-free bursary or £28k scholarshipis is available, with additional payments of £6k after tax once in teaching. You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year 2020/21, You’ll receive three additional early-career payments of £2k each in your second, third and fourth year of teaching - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course.

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

For full information on financial incenstive available including burasies and scholarships for all subjects, please visit Get Into Teaching Bursaries and Scholarships

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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