It’s not surprising that top graduates are choosing a career in teaching.
Teachers have the opportunity to inspire the next generation on a daily basis. Not only this, there is funding available to support trainee teachers during their initial teacher training.
Dependent on the subject you want to teach, you may be eligible to receive a tax-free bursary of up to £26k to train to teach in 2018.
There are two routes into teaching:
Both routes incorporate the opportunity to gain hands on experience within a classroom and will ultimately lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Training will usually take a year.
Postgraduate certificates in education (PGCE) are awarded in all of the university-led courses, and the majority of school-led.
The Get into Teaching website has a detailed breakdown of the differences between each route.
To encourage graduates to teach certain subjects, non-repayable bursaries of up to £26,000 are available in England. If you teach maths, you could get £30,000 – a £20,000 tax-free bursary while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching. Alternatively, you could be awarded a prestigious scholarship of £28,000, which provides additional support and benefits throughout your training year. Similar to the bursary, for a scholarship in maths you could receive £22,000 tax-free while you train and the same £10,000 after tax once in teaching.
Eligibility depends on the subject and age range you plan to teach and your degree class. It's only available if you’re on a course leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and are not currently employed as a teacher.
With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could receive a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan to help fund your teacher training year.