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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 or a prestigious scholarship – with additional early-career payments once in teaching. There are three types of funding available if you’re on a non-salaried teacher training course. Depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three. Alternatively, you could choose to earn a salary while you train.
1. Tax-free bursaries or scholarships
With a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD, you could get a £20,000 tax-free bursary while you train as a teacher. If you're eligible for a bursary, you could also receive early-career payments totalling £10,000 once in teaching - that's a total of £30,000 to teach maths.
As an alternative to a bursary, if you have at least a 2:1, you could be awarded a scholarship from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience.
If your application for a scholarship is successful, you'll be guaranteed £22,000 to support you throughout your teacher training year. If you're eligible for a scholarship, you could also receive early-career payments totaling £10,000 once in teaching - that's a total of £32,000 to teach maths.
If your scholarship application is unsuccessful, you will still be eligible for a bursary. Once you know if you’ll be receiving a bursary or scholarship, you can find out how and when you will receive your tax-free funding.
2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
With or without a bursary or scholarship, you can still access a Tuition fee Loan and Maintenance Loan to help fund your training and cover tuition fees, which is up to:
- £9,250 Tuition Fee Loan to pay for your course
- £11,354 Maintenance Loan to pay living costs
3. Additional financial support
If you have children or a disability, extra funding is available. For instance, you could get:
- up to £164.70 a week (1 child) or up to £282.36 a week (2 or more children) Childcare Grant
- up to £1,669 per year Parents’ Learning Allowance
- Child Tax Credits
- Disabled Students’ Allowance
- up to £2,925 per year Adult Dependants' Grant
Find out more information on the extra financial support available.
Early career payments
You'll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year 2018/19. You’ll receive an additional early-career payment of £5,000 in both your third and fifth year of teaching, totalling £10,000 - enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.
Earn a salary while you train
Alternatively, you could earn a salary with School Direct (salaried), Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships or Teach First.
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