Bursaries Watch

Alfie1406
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Hello

Does anyone know if teaching bursaries will be available for 2020/2021 teacher training? I’ve read a couple of articles online which suggests they are being scrapped, which has sent me into a bit of a panic!

I have a first in history and was hoping to apply for SCITT starting in 2020.

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The idea seems to be to spread out the bursary payments to motivate teachers to stay in the profession for a few years. I believe the bursaries for shortage subjects (Maths, Physics, MFL, Computing) are being reviewed as those are the highest. For example, MFL trainee teachers on my PGCE have already gone back to Germany, France and Spain after deciding teaching is not for them.I think the government is hoping to protect against these types of situations, not remove the bursaries entirely.
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I don't believe anything is set in stone yet- but the plan is to moved to more phased payments like maths- so currently maths trainees get £20000 or £22000 (tax free, so more than your take home pay will be as an NQT anyway) in their training year, and then £10000 in early career payments spread over the first 5 years of their teaching. Some of the changes being made are to help support people through the new "early career framework" for teachers as well, I believe.

I think this is being rolled out to more subjects in the future but nothing is set in stone yet. The bursary amounts for each year are always subject to change- when they last increased in 2018, this was announced around January of 2018.

It's extremely unlikely that the bursaries would be removed all together, but the amounts and the way they are paid has always been subject to changes!
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