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You will have already read in our advertisements that teaching is a great career choice for your future, and one that enables you to have an impact on the students, playing an important part in their future, but there are now even more reasons to teach than ever before.

Financial incentives for those who train in 2017/18

You could get tax-free financial support to train: 

  • You could receive a substantial tax-free bursary of up to £30,000 as a physics trainee. Trainee teachers in maths, chemistry, computing, geography or languages could get a tax-free bursary of up to £25,000. 
  • Bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as unqualified teachers on the School Direct (salaried) route.
  • Bursary amounts will vary depending on your teacher training subject and degree class or highest relevant academic qualification.
  • Trainee teachers in physics can apply for a tax-free £30,000 scholarship with the relevant subject association. Trainee teachers in maths, chemistry, computing, geography or languages can apply for a £27,500 tax-free scholarship with the relevant association groups. 
  • Applicants for the scholarships will be subject to a competitive process.
  • The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary, but trainees who are not awarded the scholarship will continue to be eligible for the standard bursaries.
  • Additional payments may be available.

Visit our funding pages for more information on bursaries, scholarships and additional payments.

If you withdraw or defer from a course, you are entitled to be paid the training bursary for each month up to, and including, the month in which you withdrew. Any overpayments of a bursary due to withdrawal of the course will be recovered by your teacher training provider. Full details can be found on GOV.UK

For bursary information for initial teacher training (ITT) courses in Wales, visit the Teacher Training & Education in Wales website.

European Union (EU) citizens may also be eligible to train and receive this support. To be eligible for home fee status, fee support and bursaries, you must:

  • Be an EU national
  • Be resident in England on the first day of your course
  • Have been ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the three years immediately preceding the first day of your academic course.

Teacher salaries

Teachers start on a salary of between £22k and £28k:

  • Once you have completed your initial teacher training (ITT) and achieved qualified teacher status (QTS), you can expect to start as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) in England and Wales on a minimum of £22,467 a year (or £28,098 if you work in inner London).

Teachers can earn up to £66k, and many earn more in leadership roles:


Return to teaching

To be eligible for up to £600 tax-free bursary (£150 per week for up to 4 weeks), the returning teacher must:

  • be returning to teach in the South East or North West
  • teach maths, physics or languages
  • be willing to return to teach within two academic terms
  • not be barred from teaching

Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.

Advice for First and Second Year Undergraduates

12 June 2017 18:30

This online event is for first and second year university students interested in teaching. Find out what you can do now that will help you make a great application for teacher training.

Support with your application

19 June 2017 18:30

This online event will provide hints and tips on how to draft a great personal statement.