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Changes to Initial Teacher Training Bursary Rates and Scholarships for 2014-15

Bursaries and scholarships are available for trainees on eligible fee-based postgraduate courses in England in the 2014-15 academic year and are designed to incentivise high quality applicants into teacher training and subjects with skills shortages.

Posted: 18 October 2013

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Bursaries and scholarships are available for trainees on eligible fee-based postgraduate courses in England in the 2014-15 academic year and are designed to incentivise high quality applicants into teacher training.
The Government is continuing to focus on efforts to recruit the best graduates into five subjects with skills shortages and increased demand: maths, physics, chemistry, computing and languages.

The key changes for the 2014 to 2015 academic year are:

  • Scholarships are now worth £25,000, and continue to be available in maths, physics, chemistry, and computing
  • Trainees in maths, physics, and computing with a 2:1 now receive the same level bursary as those with a first (£20,000).
  • Trainees in maths, physics, and computing with a 2:2 receive an increased bursary of £15,000.
  • New £9,000 bursaries for trainees in maths and physics with a relevant degree and a good A-level (minimum B grade) in the subject.
  • Primary maths specialists, receive an increased bursary for trainees with a 2:1 (£11,000, equal to the bursary for trainees with a first) and a new bursary for those with a 2:2 (£6,000).
  • A bursary for Design and Technology of £9,000 for a first and £4,000 for a 2:1.
  • PE no longer receives bursary support.
Scholarships

Trainee teachers for 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 scholarships will be subject to a competitive process through application, interview and assessment.

Further to the increase in funding from £20,000 to £25,000 the number of scholarships available has also been increased. Trainees who hold the scholarship will not 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.

School Direct Bursary and Scholarship top up

Trainees on School Direct places may be eligible for an additional payment worth 25 per cent of their standard bursary or scholarship. To qualify for this payment, trainees will need to undertake the majority of their training (more than 50 per cent) 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 or scholarship, and will be paid on top of the standard bursary or scholarship amount the trainee is eligible for.

For further information regarding the funding policy for the 2014 to 2015 academic year please visit the Department for Education's website.

Visit the University of Roehampton's PG Teacher Training webpage.

If you have any queries regarding our secondary subjects, primary courses or require funding advice contact enquiries@roehampton.ac.uk or phone 0208 392 3232.

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