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With all the different routes in to teaching, it's important to know what sort of funding is available for you when training. You might also be interested to know how much you could earn when qualified too. So read on to find out just what is on offer.

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Funding for Teacher Training

Postgraduate routes such as the postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) allow graduates to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS).

Your tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student. Find out more information about EU or overseas status. All grants and bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.


Tuition fee loan

If you are on a postgraduate ITT course, you will have to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees vary depending on the course and the higher education institution (HEI) or SCITT provider. You should contact the HEI or SCITT provider of the course or programme you are interested in directly.


Training bursaries

Bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teaching subject and degree class or highest relevant academic qualification.


Financial incentives for those who train in 2013/14

ITT subject/phase
Training bursay 2013/14 Physics, chemistry
1
, maths
Modern Languages Primary maths specialist '
2
Other priority secondary '
3
and primary
Trainee with first £20,000 £20,000 £11,000 £9,000
2:1 £15,000 £15,000 £6,000 £4,000
2:2 £12,000 £12,000 £0 £0

Free school meals (FSM) premium 25% premium paid on the above bursaries/scholarships to School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35% of pupils are eligible for free school meals

1
Trainee teachers in physics and chemistry with a 2:1 or first are able to apply for scholarships with the relevant subject association group. The scholarships are worth £20,000 and trainees will be subject to a competitive process. Trainees who hold the scholarship will not also be eligible for the standard Department for Education (DfE) bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries in 2013/14.
2
The Secretary of State announced on 14 June that trainees with a B or better at maths A-level on the new maths primary specialist courses would receive an extra £2,000 bursary, up to a maximum of £11,000.
3
English, geography, history, computer science, Latin, Greek, music, biology and physical education.


Financial incentives for those who train in 2014/15

ITT subject/phase
Training bursay 2014/15
1
Physics, maths Computing Chemistry Languages Other priority secondary
4
and primary
Primary maths specialists
5
Scholarship
2
£25,000 £25,000 £25,000 - - -
Trainee with first £20,000 £20,000 £20,000 £20,000 £9,000 £11,000
2:1 £20,000 £20,000 £15,000 £15,000 £4,000 £11,000
2:2 £15,000 £15,000 £12,000 £12,000 £0 £6,000
Other
3
£9,000 £0 £0 £0 £0 £0


1
School Direct trainees whose training is based in a school where more than 35% of pupils are eligible for free school meals will receive a 25% increase on the above bursaries/scholarships.
2
Trainee teachers in maths, physics, chemistry and computing with a 2:1 or first are able to apply for scholarships with the relevant subject association group. Applicants for the scholarships will be subject to a competitive process. Trainees who hold the scholarship will not also be eligible for the standard Department for Education (DfE) bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries in 2014/15.
3
Trainee teachers in maths and physics with a relevant degree and at least a B at A level in maths or physics (or equivalent) will be eligible for a bursary of £9,000. Trainees will not be entitled to this bursary if they are also entitled to a higher bursary based on degree class.
4
Other priority secondary subjects are English, history, biology, geography, music, and design and technology.
5
Available to trainees with a B or better at maths A level on primary maths specialist courses only. Those who do not have a B or higher at maths A level, or those who train on general primary courses, will receive the normal primary bursary for their degree class.

Scholarships

There are special scholarships of £20,000 and other benefits available from the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and The Chartered Institute for IT (BCS)


Student loan for maintenance

Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. This is available through Student Finance England. More information on the student loan for maintenance can be found on Directgov


Maintenance grant

Home students in England may also be eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant. This grant will be means tested and you can apply through Student Finance England. More details about these grants and the funding arrangements for trainees from the EU can be found at Directgov


School Direct Training Programme

Trainees on School Direct places may be eligible for an additional payment worth 25 per cent of their standard bursary. To qualify for this payment, trainees will need to be based in a school where more than 35 per cent of pupils are eligible for free school meals.

The School Direct bursary top-up is only available in combination with a standard bursary, and will be paid on top of the standard bursary amount the trainee is eligible for. Schools are not required to offer free school meals to participate in School Direct.


Teach First

Those on the Teach First route will be paid as an unqualified teacher during their first year and then will be paid at the newly qualified teacher rate during the second year.


Undergraduate Teaching Courses

Those studying for an undergraduate course which leads to QTS status will follow the same funding options as for any other undergraduate degree.


Teachers' Salary

When you finish your teacher training, the amount you get paid varies depending upon your experience, your extra responsibilities and also the location of your school. At £23,010, the average starting salary in teaching is high compared to the average graduate starting salary


Teachers' Main Pay Scale

Every one will start on the minimum salary, depending upon the region they start work in. Each year you could progress up the scale to reach the maximum pay (usually after about 6 years of teaching). Each year these amounts may additionally increase due to general pay increases for teachers.


England and Wales (excluding London and fringes) Inner London Outer London London fringes
Max pay £31,552 £36,387 £35,116 £32,588
Min pay £21,588 £27,000 £25,117 £22,626


Unqualified Teacher Pay Scale

People who are not fully qualified as teachers in the UK (usually because they are working towards a teaching qualification) will be paid on the following scale:

England and Wales (excluding London and fringes) Inner London Outer London London fringes
Max pay £25,016 £29,088 £27,992 £26,052
Min pay £15,817 £19,893 £18,789 £216,856


Further Pay Scales and Payments

If you take on additional teaching and learning responsibilities (TLR) then you may be entitled to additional payments

Once you reach the top of the main pay scale you could go up to the 'Post-threshold pay scale'.

If you apply for and get the status of an 'advanced skills teacher' you could also end up earning more, though you will have to keep up regular assessments to keep this status and would fall back down to a lower level should you fail to keep it.

On top of this, leadership group teachers (such as headteachers and deputy heads) could earn even more.

See chart below

England and Wales(excluding London and fringes) Inner London Outer London London fringes
Leadership group
Max (head teachers) £105,097 £112,181 £108,070 £106,137
Min (head teachers) £42,379 £49,379 £45,357 £43,416
Min £37,461 £44,540 £40,433 £38,493
Advanced skill teachers
Max £56,950 £64,036 £59,925 £57,985
Min £37,461 £44,540 £40,433 £38,493
Post-threshold pay scale
Max £36,756 £45,000 £40,433 £387,795
Min £34,181 £41,497 £37,599 £35,2018


Note: all figures are correct for the year starting 2012/13. Each year the pay scales are all usually adjusted, depending up on pay increases.


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