Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2021 to 2022

1. Overview

The Ministry of Education (DfE) is responsible for:

  • manage grants associated with initial teacher training (ITT)
  • monitor the public cost of student loans that interns have access to

This guidance refers to ITT funding for the 2021 to 2022 academic year. For the 2020 to 2021 academic year, read Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2020 to 2021.

2. Scholarships and Graduate Scholarships

Scholarships and bursaries are available for trainees on fee-based teacher education courses in England which lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

Obtaining a scholarship or bursary depends on:

  • the highest relevant academic honor
  • ITT matter

Trainees are only eligible for a scholarship if they are eligible for support under the student funding criteria. Trainees from EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland should read Study in the UK: tips for EU students.

Applicants with a degree outside the UK can contact Get into teaching or their chosen training provider for further guidance.

For 2021 to 2022, we are offering scholarships from:

  • £24,000 in Chemistry, Computing, Maths and Physics
  • £10,000 in languages ​​and classics
  • £7,000 in biology

Applicants may be eligible for a scholarship if they have a 1st, 2.1, or 2.2, or if they hold a master’s or doctoral degree.

We are also offering £26,000 scholarships in Chemistry, Computing, Mathematics and Physics. The scholarships also come with an additional benefits package from the relevant professional body.

Each of the professional bodies that offer scholarships sets the award criteria. Applicants for the scholarship should apply to the relevant professional body. For more details, visit Get into teaching.

Trainees cannot receive both scholarship and grant.

There is more guidance on postgraduate scholarships and scholarships in the Initial teacher training (ITT) scholarship: funding manual.

3. Undergraduate Scholarship

Final year students may be eligible for a £9,000 training grant if:

  • they are studying a qualified teacher status (QTS) high school math or physics course
  • they are studying an opt-in QTS lower secondary courses in computer science, languages, mathematics or physics
  • their course began in the academic year 2021 to 2022

They will receive the scholarship in the final year of their course.

If an eligible intern is taking a 4-year undergraduate course that leads to QTS and a Masters, they will receive a £9,000 scholarship in the third and fourth years of their course.

There is more undergraduate scholarship advice in the Initial teacher training (ITT) scholarship: funding manual.

4. Troops to Teachers Undergraduate Scholarship

Undergraduate veterans may be eligible for a £40,000 training grant if:

  • they have left full-time employment with the British Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy
  • they left no more than 5 years before the start of their studies
  • they register on a QTS secondary biology, chemistry, computer science, languages, mathematics or physics courses
  • their course begins in the academic year 2021 to 2022

Trainees will receive £20,000 in each of the last 2 years of their course, in equal monthly installments.

There is more Troops to Teachers undergraduate scholarship advice in the Initial teacher training (ITT) scholarship: funding manual.

5. Direct school route (employee)

For trainees on a School Direct (employee) training path, we provide School Direct Pilot School Grants to contribute to the trainee’s salary and training costs.

The same grant amount is available regardless of the location of the primary school. The scholarships are paid per intern. For 2021 to 2022, we are offering scholarships from:

  • £24,000 for Chemistry, Computing, Maths and Physics
  • £10,000 for languages ​​and classics
  • £7,000 for biology

School Direct interns (employees) are not eligible for scholarships.

There is more guidance on direct school (employee) funding in the Direct School Funding Manual (Employee).

6. Post-graduate teaching apprenticeships

For the Postgraduate Education Apprenticeship Training Pathway, we provide grants to School Direct Pilot Schools to help with trainee training and salary costs. This grant contributes to the apprentice’s salary and is in addition to funding offered by the Education and Skills Funding Agency, which covers training and assessment costs only.

The same grant amount is available regardless of the location of the primary school. The scholarships are paid per intern. For 2021 to 2022, we are offering scholarships from:

  • £15,000 for trainees in Chemistry, Computer Science, Maths and Physics
  • £1,000 for classical and language trainees

There is more guidance on funding postgraduate teaching learning in the Funding Handbook for Postgraduate Education Learning.

seven. Deepening of knowledge (SKE)

We are committed to supporting ITT recruit and help candidates gain the in-depth knowledge they need before starting ITT training, particularly in the subjects in short supply. SKE courses are fully funded and delivered by universities, schools and private organizations across England.

We will publish the SKE support package covering the academic year 2020 to 2021, including subjects and courses, towards the end of the calendar year. For more information, read Improving knowledge on the subject: an introduction.

8. First years ITT

We allocate and finance early childhood ITT places each academic year. First years ITT leads to the attribution of the status of early childhood teacher (EYTS).

We offer training scholarships, training grants, or employer incentives to attract high-quality graduates to become early childhood teachers. This funding can only be used to provide training programs to help trainees meet the early childhood teacher standards.

the first years ITT funding advice for the 2021 to 2022 academic year is available.

9. Grant Funding Agreements

The grant funding agreement is between the ITT provider or primary school, and DfE. It explains how to deal with grant funding, as well as relevant funding manuals and DfE grant funding agreement: terms and conditions.

ITT Providers and Lead Schools will need to complete and return the relevant Grant Funding Agreement if:

  • they are a new ITT provider or primary school for School Direct in the 2021 to 2022 school year
  • they have not received a grant in the 2020 to 2021 academic year, such as a training grant, School Direct (salaried), an apprenticeship in postgraduate or early years teaching ITT

We will contact the correspondent ITT providers and primary schools before the start of the 2021-2022 school year. We will need to receive and accept the grant funding agreement before releasing any grant funding.

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