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Become A Teacher

Costs, Awards, Bursaries, Skills test

Thomas Estley Learning Alliance School Direct programme is a non salaried postgraduate route. Cost is £9000, and bursaries are available for certain subjects areas

A range of incentives and financial support are available both during and after your training.

The following information is from the Get Into Teaching Website.

Please check this website for the most up to date information 

All financial support is subject to conditions, but although you are not guaranteed funding, you may be eligible to receive financial support

Funding for teacher training is available for eligible graduates who are starting their training in the 2016/17 academic year on postgraduate routes including the non-salaried School Direct programme.

Funding amounts will vary depending on the subject you intend to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification. If you do not have a degree in the subject you wish to teach, free courses are available to increase your subject knowledge prior to teacher training.


The following information is from the Get Into Teaching Website.

Information for the academic year 2017/18 has not yet been confirmed, please check the get into teaching website for the most up to date information.

Bursaries and funding

Generous teacher training bursaries or scholarships are available in a range of subjects to encourage the best graduates to join the profession. Depending on the subject you want to teach, you could receive up to £30,000 tax-free while you train – or you could earn a salary while you train with School Direct (salaried) or Teach First.

Important information for non-UK EU nationals and EEA citizens following EU referendum result:

If you have secured a place on an initial teacher training (ITT) course starting in September 2016, or are thinking of applying for an ITT course starting this year, please be reassured there is no change to the financial support available to you – further information has been published by Student Finance England.

Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject you choose to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification.

The table below provides an overview of the bursaries or scholarships available to train in different subjects.

For more detailed information on available funding follow the links below the table.

Eligibility 2016/20171
Scholarships 2 Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD 2:1/Master’s 2:2 Other
Physics £30,000 £30,000 £25,000 £25,000 £9,000 3
Maths £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £9,000 3
Languages 4 £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £0
Chemistry, computing £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £20,000 £0
Biology £20,000 £15,000 £15,000 £0
Geography £15,000 £15,000 £15,000 £0
D&T £12,000 £9,000 £0 £0
English, history, music, RE £9,000 £4,000 £0 £0
Primary maths 5 £6,000 £6,000 £6,000 £3,000
Primary £3,000 £3,000 £0 £0
Subject Physics
Scholarships 2 £30,000
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD £30,000
2:1 / Master’s £25,000
2:2 £25,000
Other £9,000 3
Subject Maths
Scholarships 2 £25,000
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD £25,000
2:1 / Master’s £25,000
2:2 £25,000
Other £9,000 3
Subject Languages 4
Scholarships 2
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD £25,000
2:1 / Master’s £25,000
2:2 £20,000
Other £0
Subject Chemistry, computing
Scholarships 2 £25,000
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD £25,000
2:1 / Master’s £20,000
2:2 £20,000
Other £0
Subject Biology
Scholarships 2
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD £20,000
2:1 / Master’s £15,000
2:2 £15,000
Other £0
Subject Geography
Scholarships 2
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD £15,000
2:1 / Master’s £15,000
2:2 £15,000
Other £0
Subject D&T
Scholarships 2
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD £12,000
2:1 / Master’s £9,000
2:2 £0
Other £0
Subject English, history, music, RE
Scholarships 2
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD £9,000
2:1 / Master’s £4,000
2:2 £0
Other £0
Subject Primary maths 5
Scholarships 2
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD £6,000
2:1 / Master’s £6,000
2:2 £6,000
Other £3,000
Subject Primary
Scholarships 2
Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD £3,000
2:1 / Master’s £3,000
2:2 £0
Other £0
  1. Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.
  2. Trainees in maths, physics, chemistry and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body.
  3. Trainee teachers in maths and physics may be eligible for a bursary of £9,000 without a 2:2 classification. To qualify for this bursary, the trainee must have a degree in a relevant subject, with at least a B at A level in maths, further maths or physics (or equivalent). Trainees will not be entitled to this bursary if they are also entitled to a higher bursary based on degree class.
  4. Bursaries are available to train to teach modern foreign languages, community languages and ancient languages including Latin and Ancient Greek. Classics courses where the majority of the course is in an ancient language are also eligible, other classics courses are eligible for the history bursary.
  5. Bursaries are available to trainees on either primary maths specialist courses or primary general (with mathematics) courses with at least grade B maths A level or equivalent. Trainees on other primary courses will be eligible for the standard primary bursary.

The following information is from the Get Into Teaching Website.

Please check this website for the most up to date information 

Scholarships

Scholarships of £25,000 are available in maths, physics, chemistry and computing for trainees who are starting their training in the 2015/16 academic year. These prestigious awards are aimed at high-quality graduates with a 2:1 or first-class degree, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers.

Scholarships are awarded by professional bodies for these subjects, and scholars will be selected through an additional application and assessment process. Each scholarship also comes with a package of non-financial benefits, such as early career support and membership of the appropriate professional body. To apply for a scholarship and for further information, you should visit the appropriate subject association website:

  • Physics – delivered by the Institute of Physics (IOP)
  • Maths – delivered by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the Mathematical Association (MA), Maths in Education and Industry (MEI) and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS)
  • Chemistry – delivered by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
  • Computing – delivered by the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT

The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will still be eligible for the standard bursaries.


The following information is from the Get Into Teaching Website.

Please check this website for the most up to date information 

Eligibility

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 bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support.

Student Loan for Maintenance Grant

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 the GOV.UK website

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 on the GOV.UK website

Childcare grant

If you’re a parent, you may be eligible for substantial financial support with your childcare while you train. Find out more details by visiting the GOV.UK website

 

Skills Test

All applicants will need to complete (and pass) skills test in Maths and English as a condition of their School Direct Initial Teacher Training offer.

It’s important that applicants are equipped with the right information before booking their skills test, and bring with them the right documents when attending the skills test centres. Any candidates that do not follow the below process will be turned away, and may lose their first free attempt at taking the skills tests.

Booking the skills tests:

Candidates can book their skills tests once they have submitted their application through UCAS Teacher Training. They can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before they attend the test centre.

What you need to bring:

Two forms of identification – a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID this can be for example a debit card. More information can be found on the STA website.  (links to http://sta.education.gov.uk

They’ll also need to bring proof of their teacher training application. The evidence that will be accepted are:

  • a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training
  • correspondence from your school or university
  • a copy of a completed UCAS Teacher Training application form
  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university

For more information please visit: http://sta.education.gov.uk

 

Come to our Information Evening?

Interested in finding out more about School Direct Initial Teacher Training ?

Register to attend one of our Information Evening?

Dates for information evenings in the next academic year will be confirmed shortly.

Please register your interest by emailing tela@thomasestley.org.uk confirming if you are interested in primary or secondary or call Thomas Estley 01455 283 263 ext 222 and ask for Jo Robotham

Please note that applications for School Direct primary will be closed on Monday 19 June 2017 

Working in partnership with the University of Leicester, Warwick University and Loughborough University (for PE) to offer Primary and Secondary PGCE accreditation including Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Master level credits

Subjects available for secondary ITT: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Modern Foreign Languages, English, History, Geography, Drama, D&T & Physical Education  

Join us to find out more information about the programme, guidance on applications and our selection process.

Meet and talk to teachers and University colleagues from the Alliance as well as our previous and current TELA School Direct students.