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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 2020.
Postgraduate teacher training courses are available across England, led by universities or schools. The course you choose will depend on your subject, degree class and location. Whichever course you choose, your training will largely be the same.
All teacher training courses will offer
Most courses will also offer a postgraduate qualification, usually a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) - speak to your chosen course provider(s) to find out what qualification their course offers.
The Teaching website has more information on training courses.
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.