Department for Education advertising – conditions and sources

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 2020/21

Message: You could get a £26k* tax-free bursary to train as a teacher.

Message: You could get £26k* tax free to train. 

Trainee teachers in chemistry, languages, maths, physics, computing, biology and classics could get a tax-free bursary of  £26,000. 

Bursary amounts will vary depending on your teacher training subject and degree class or highest relevant academic qualification.

Trainee teachers in physics, chemistry, computing or languages can apply for a tax-free £28,000 scholarship with the relevant subject association. Trainee teachers in geography can apply for a £17,000 tax-free scholarship with the relevant association group. 

Bursaries and scholarships are available for trainees on eligible non-salaried postgraduate courses in England.

Message: You could get £32k – a £26k tax-free bursary while you train and a further £6k after tax once in teaching:

Chemistry, languages, maths or physics teachers will need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year of 2020/21. You’ll receive three additional early-career payments of £2,000 once in teaching, split over three teaching years (second, third and fourth year. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England after completing your teacher training course - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. View the full terms and conditions.

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. 

For bursary information for initial teacher training (ITT) courses in Wales, visit the Discover Teaching 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

Message: New teachers start on a minimum salary of £24k-£30k, depending on location 

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 £24,373 (or £30,480 if you work in inner London).   

Message: Teachers in leadership roles earn on average £58k, with many earning significantly more

The average salary for all full and part-time leadership group teachers was £58,881 in 2018. Leadership group teachers include heads, deputy heads, assistant heads and advisory teachers.

[Source: School teachers' pay and conditions document 2019 and guidance on school teachers’ pay and conditions, published June 2019].

Trainee Teacher employment rates

Message: 94% of newly qualified teachers are employed in a teaching role six months after qualifying

Based on employment status within 6 months of completing a postgraduate teacher training course for the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

[Source: Initial teacher training performance profiles for the academic year 2016 to 2017, England, published July 2018]