Further education initial teacher education

Mathematics and English programmes
April 2018

DfE have announced the bursary allocations for 2018/19 for English and maths programmes.

Bursaries are only for those trainees taking a specialist teaching qualification for either mathematics or English. Designed to equip trainees with the knowledge, pedagogy and confidence to teach English, mathematics and numeracy from basic level through to GCSE and level 3.

Trainees on generic programmes may also be entitled to bursaries if they follow a specialist pathway through the optional units.

Eligibility criteria:

Maths

To teach mathematics, trainees should ideally have a mathematics degree; or a joint degree with mathematics; or a degree like physics or engineering, where the mathematics element is significant. Other degrees can be considered, subject to the training provider’s judgement that the applicant has the necessary underpinning knowledge, skills and capacity to teach mathematics to trainees from basic to GCSE and up to level 3.

English

To teach English, trainees should have an English degree, or another degree with a significant English or linguistics component. Other degrees can be considered subject to the training provider’s judgement that the applicant has the necessary underpinning knowledge, skills and capacity to teach English to trainees from basic to GCSE level and up to level 3.

Bursary Awards

Mathematics ITE will attract a bursary of £25,000 if the trainee has a lower 2nd class degree or above (or equivalent).

English ITE will attract a bursary of £15,000 if the trainee has an upper 2nd class degree or above (or equivalent).
Doctorates and master’s degrees will attract the same bursary award as those with a qualifying undergraduate degree.

Full details regarding the bursaries is available at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-education-initial-teacher-training-bursary-2018-to-2019

or view the full PDF here.

Trainees will apply for their bursaries after they have enrolled and started the ITE course.