Training Bursaries


Bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as unqualified teachers on the School Direct salaried route. Bursary amounts will vary depending on teacher training subject and degree class or highest relevant academic qualification.

The bursary scheme recognises exceptional achievement outside of degree results and allows flexibility in some cases.  In exceptional circumstances trainees may receive a higher bursary than their degree class would otherwise allow. This allows the scheme to take account of, for example, trainees with a 2:2 and a PhD or proven exceptional subject knowledge gained from another career. More information is available here

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

The TES Institute offer online subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses which are suited to applicants who are applying for teacher training in maths, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, computing, or a language (French, German or Spanish), and either your degree is not subject-specific or you lack confidence in your subject.

Their SKE courses prepare you for initial teacher training by helping you gain the depth of subject knowledge and skills you need to be able to teach your chosen subject. They recommend that all postgraduates applying for teacher training in a shortage subject complete an SKE course prior to or during their initial teacher training. Click here for updates on courses and funding available.