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New bursary for top local graduates to train as FE teachers

The training bursary is a financial incentive to attract and retain new high quality graduates to become teachers in the Further Education (FE) sector.  Bursary levels will vary according to the degree classification held by the trainee and the specialism in which they wish to train to teach, either English language or mathematics (from basic to GCSE and level 3).  Application for the bursary is made via the teacher training provider and any queries about the progress of your application should be addressed to them. The overall scheme is administered by NCTL on behalf of DfE.

Eligible applicants must be volunteer teachers and not be employed by the Educational Institution as a ‘teacher’ prior to the start of course.

Further Education Initial Teacher Training Bursaries Programme AY 2018/19

1. The qualifying criteria and application process will be the same as outlined in previous years.

2. As we announced earlier in the year bursary applications will only be approved for the subjects of maths and English. The Department for Education continues to work with a variety of organisations, including contracting with the Education and Training Foundation, to provide support for the F.E sector to improve the training for new and existing teachers to support learners with additional needs.

3. ITT providers should seek assurance from trainees in receipt of a bursary to the effect that they understand that they are expected to seek a teaching post in England, teaching their training subject, upon successful completion of their course.

4. Course funding by eligibility criteria for AY 2018/19 will be:

ITT Specialism

Degree Class

Degree Class

Degree Class

Degree Class

First (or Phd)

2.1 (or Masters)

2.2

3rd

Mathematics

£25,000

£25,000

£25,000

No bursary

English

£15,000

£15,000

No bursary

No bursary

The full-time PGCE (with subject specific pathways) course at both Bedford and Tresham College is 1 year in duration and it is validated through the University of Bedfordshire (UoB). The fee for the course is £6,250 and the government bursary can help towards the payment of course fees. The course offers placements within the College working alongside experienced subject specific mentors.

The bursary is also available for the 2 year part-time course although conditions (as above) apply to this route.

Applicants who want to teach maths must have a maths or related degree, while those who want to teach English need an English or related degree. The government will consider applicants with other degrees on a case by case basis, assessing each applicant's knowledge of the subject they want to teach. The College will also assess a candidate's commitment to teaching in F.E, as this is a requirement of the scheme.

All trainee teachers who attract the bursary will also be required to undertake the appropriate UoB Level 5 Subject Specialist Certificate alongside the PGCE to meet the bursary conditions of subject enhancement (Please contact the Teacher Education and Training team for details).

At the end of their ITT course, it is expected that trainees will look for a teaching post in the F.E sector in England. Maths and English trainees will have been trained to teach their subject specialisms from basic level to GCSE and Level 3, and it is intended that they will go on to do this. There is a demonstrable need for new teachers with these specialisms. Qualified trainees can look forward to a rewarding career in an exciting and diverse sector.

All enquiries about Bursary funding should be sent to: mbrookes@bedford.ac.uk (01234 291536/ 01536 413092).

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