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Please find below information on bursaries – it is worth noting that these are tax free so may be much more appropriate than the salaried route for certain applicants.

Financial incentives for postgraduate non-salaried teacher training courses in 2017/18 by subject:

  Eligiblity 2017/18 (1)
Trainee with 1st/PhD 2:1/Master's 2:2 Other
Physics   £30,000 £25,000 £25,000 £0
Secondary maths, computing, classics   £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £0
Modern foreign languages, geography    £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £0
Chemistry   £25,000 £20,000 £20,000 £0
Biology   £15,000 £12,000 £10,000 £0
Design &Technology   £12,000 £9,000 £0 £0
English   £9,000 £9,000 £0 £0
History, music, religious education   £9,000 £4,000 £0 £0
Primary mathematics (2)   £6,000 £6,000 £6,000 £0
Primary   £3,000 £0 £0 £0


1. Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary, or should consult their training provider.

2. Trainee teachers on primary mathematics courses, with a t least a B at A level in mathematics (or equivalent), will be eligible for a bursary of £6,000.

For bursary awards up to £15,000:

·  Trainees will receive the bursary in equal monthly instalments for the duration of their course.

·  Trainees are advised to confirm the actual monthly amounts that will be paid with their initial teacher training (ITT) provider.

For bursary awards of £15,000 or over:

·  Trainees will continue to receive equal monthly instalments for the duration of their course, but this will be enhanced by larger payments in February and July, or in the final month of the trainee's course.

·  The trainee will need to be on the course at 1st January to receive the first enhanced payment in February, and would need to have completed the course to receive the second payment at the end of their programme.