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Funding for training to teach maths
If you’re successful in your application to train to teach maths, you could benefit from a tax-free bursary of up to £25,000 – the equivalent of a pre-tax and national insurance salary of more than £32,000. There are also academically and professionally prestigious scholarships available for trainee teachers with top degrees.
About the scholarships
As an alternative to a bursary, if you have at least a 2:1, you could be eligible for a scholarship from the Institute of Mathematics and its Application (IMA), in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) and Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI).
Prestigious maths scholarships reward the most gifted individuals with membership offers, networking opportunities and professional development support. Successful maths scholars will also be offered additional support to enable them to make a significant contribution to the development of maths teaching in the schools where they train and work.
The scholarship will be instead of the standard bursary. If you’re awarded a scholarship, you are guaranteed £25,000 to support you throughout your teacher training year. If your application for a scholarship is unsuccessful, you will still be eligible for a bursary. Please visit the IMA website for more information.
About the bursaries
The bursaries that are available are determined by the class of your degree:
- you could be eligible for a training bursary of £25,000 with a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD
- you could receive a training bursary of £9,000 if you have grade B or above in physics at A level (or equivalent), and have a degree in a relevant subject that is lower than a 2:2
If your degree isn’t in the subject you wish to teach, you may be eligible for a funded course to increase your subject knowledge before starting your training. This means you could train in a subject that attracts a top-end bursary.
How you will be paid
If you qualify for a bursary, the payments will be processed automatically by the school(s) or university leading your training. Bursary awards up to £15,000 will be made in equal monthly instalments for the duration of your course; the organisation leading your training will confirm exact details.
Bursaries of more than £15,000 will also be paid in equal monthly instalments for the duration of the course, but these will be enhanced by larger payments in February and July, or in the final month of your course. The payment schedule for scholarships is generally similar to that of bursaries. Again, you should speak to the school(s) or university leading your training to confirm the exact details.
If you are not eligible for a bursary, you can still access standard student loans and/or grants to help fund your training and cover tuition fees.
If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. Make sure you contact your preferred training provider as they make the final judgement on equivalency. You also need to be eligible for a bursary based on your nationality and residency status. Contact your training provider or Student Finance England to find out if you will be eligible for a bursary and student finance.
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