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    Hi all, sorry if I am asking a question you have dealt with many times before. I have tried looking at university and school partnership websites, as well as UCAS, Get Into Teaching, and the boards here, but it all seems so vague, I'm hoping someone could shed some light for me.

    Basically, in reality, just how likely is it one would be able to obtain a salaried training position? Everywhere I look, and most of the programmes I see, they are non-salaried. I'm sure a lot of us are in the same boat, but I cannot realistically take a year out unpaid. I'm studying a master's right now, which is at an American institution, and is costing about £15,000. I work part time, and can hardly afford the interest payments on my debts and bills, let alone save some money. I'm sure many reading this can relate to my situation. So how can I take another year to obtain QTS and PGCE, paying for the privilege, and being so busy that I cannot earn anything, even part time? I get that I could have a bursary of £3,000, but that still leaves me with £6,000 to pay, plus those other things, like food, and petrol, that are somewhat important to existing and getting to the school that I will be paying to work at.

    So I have three options, as far as I can tell:
    1. Get a salaried training position (just how likely is that?)
    2. Take out a massive loan.
    3. Forget teaching, and go down a different path.

    Thanks for your help.
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    What subject and age range do you want to train to teach? This massively impacts bursary amounts.
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    (Original post by TraineeLynsey)
    What subject and age range do you want to train to teach? This massively impacts bursary amounts.

    I'm looking at primary, 7-9 age range. I would take a P.E. specialist position if there were one, but they pretty much filled up straight away, so I will go into general primary.
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    (Original post by TheRealDarthVader)
    I'm looking at primary, 7-9 age range. I would take a P.E. specialist position if there were one, but they pretty much filled up straight away, so I will go into general primary.
    So you should get the standard primary bursary (3k if you have a 2:1 I think it is this year), plus you'll be entitled to a student loan to pay for your fees, and a student loan for maintenance. If your household income is below about 25k I think you get a maintenance grant as well, which is not repayable.

    All of this could add up to about 10k to live on through the year, only about 4k of which would be repayable. That's if you're entitled to the maximum grant from student finance.
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    It tends to depend on how much experience you have with children. Loads of TAs get salaried positions. I was told i didn't have enough experience for a salaried position (i had about six weeks worth of full-time experience). But saying that, I've known two men who have got salaried positions with hardly any (or no) experience. So who knows!

    Apparently the funding has been cut massively for this year (see other threads on forum) so not sure what this will mean for future salaried positions.
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    (Original post by TraineeLynsey)
    So you should get the standard primary bursary (3k if you have a 2:1 I think it is this year), plus you'll be entitled to a student loan to pay for your fees, and a student loan for maintenance. If your household income is below about 25k I think you get a maintenance grant as well, which is not repayable.

    All of this could add up to about 10k to live on through the year, only about 4k of which would be repayable. That's if you're entitled to the maximum grant from student finance.
    Unfortunately there are no grants any more... they're maintenance loans these days
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    (Original post by alymau)
    Unfortunately there are no grants any more... they're maintenance loans these days
    Well, now I feel old, lol.

    Can you still get that extra amount though, albeit repayable after getting a job? I.e. Can you borrow around 7k?
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    Depends on what you age/subject you want to go into and if there are any spaces left - places opened in November 2015 and fill quickly.

    Some subjects will provide a bursary which increases the higher your degree classification.

    If you don't qualify for either of those, join the rest of us who are having to apply for student finance loans. They will pay your tuition fee and a maintenance loan which again changes in amount depending on age, where you're living, who you're living with etc.
 
 
 
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