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FE Teacher Training Bursaries 2023 / 2024

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FE Teacher Training Bursaries

Find out about FE teacher training bursaries available to support you if you’re looking to train to teach in the Further Education and training sector.

Full details, including eligibility criteria and qualifying subjects for FE teacher training bursaries, are available in the Department for Education bursaries and grants funding manuals, which together with the application forms are now available here.

  • Applications for FE teacher training bursaries are welcome from everyone irrespective of background but, as ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in the FE teaching workforce, applications from members of these groups are encouraged.
  • Applications are considered in the order in which they are received and the DfE aims to confirm whether or not they have awarded a bursary as soon as possible.
  • Eligible applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the available funding has been exhausted.
  • Bursary awards are fixed for the duration of the trainee’s ITE programme, and are for programmes starting in or after September 2023, and finishing no later than August 2024 (for full-time courses) or August 2025 (for part-time courses).

FE teacher training subject/ bursary awards

  • Mathematics: £29,000
  • Science, including Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics: £29,000
  • Engineering (and/or manufacturing): £29,000
  • Computing: £29,000
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND): £15,000
  • English (capped at 100 places): £15,000

Eligibility criteria for FE teacher training bursaries

To be eligible, a trainee must:

  • be eligible to receive student support (although it is not a requirement for them to be in receipt of student support)
  • have achieved a standard equivalent to GCSE grade 4 (C) or above in English and mathematics, and at least a level 3 qualification in their subject of teacher training, or have relevant professional experience
  • be taking a qualifying pre-service ITE course in England
  • meet other related expectations, including intending to seek an FE teaching post in England after qualification

A trainee is not eligible if they:

  • already have a Diploma in Education and Training (DET), DET-compliant qualification or equivalent
  • have already received a full FE ITE bursary or grant award for a previous FE ITE programme or qualification
  • receive a salary or other payment for any teaching work associated with the FE ITE programme for which they are receiving the bursary
  • are also on another ITE course, training scheme or programme, which leads to a DET or DET-compliant qualification
  • are on an apprenticeship programme

Trainees are not eligible for a bursary if they already hold, or are eligible to receive:

  • early years teacher status (EYTS)
  • qualified teacher status (QTS)
  • qualified teacher learning and skills status (QTLS)
  • advanced teacher status (ATS)

See the full eligibility criteria for FE teacher training bursaries here

View teacher training courses available at Newcastle College.

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