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Salaried or Fee Funded?

School Direct (fee funded)

 

Our School Direct (tuition fee) programme allow you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You’ll be based in a school and all your lessons will be taught under the supervision of a qualified teacher. Unlike School Direct (salaried) programmes, you’ll pay fees, but you should be eligible for funding through student loan or bursaries. Fees are 8000 for QTS.

You will start the course observing lessons and gradually take over lessons until you are teaching around four lessons per week in term one. By the end of the course you will be teaching around ten to twelve lessons per week.

 

School Direct (salaried)

Due to funding changes we are currently not offering any salaried routes. Please contact a.wicken@tsatrust.org.uk if you are only interested by this route and we will make decisions on a case by case basis. The Salaried route offers the opportunity to earn a salary and train to become a qualified teacher – learning from experienced teachers.

You’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher. The salary awarded will differ between schools and by subject. Salary can be discussed at interview with the school or by contacting a.wicken@tsatrust.org.uk before you apply. The cost of your QTS qualification is covered by the school.

Both routes will have the opportunity to complete a PGCE uplift qualification Salaried trainees pay £2000, Fee funded will pay £1250 on top of their 8000 QTS fees (total £9250).

Funding My Training

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Tax-free bursaries and scholarships

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a tuition fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria.

The financial offer for 2021/22

Subject Bursary
Chemistry £24,000
Computing £24,000
Maths £24,000
Physics £24,000
Classics £10,000
Languages £10,000
Biology £7,000

 

Bursaries are available to trainees with a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.

 

Tuition fee loan and maintenance loan

Tuition fee loan

When you start your non-salaried teacher training, you won’t have to pay the cost of tuition fees up front. You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the full cost of your course, which is paid directly to your training provider from Student Finance England. Tuition Fee Loans aren’t means tested, so regardless of your household income you should be able to claim the full amount for your course fees.

Maintenance loan

All eligible trainees will qualify for at least the minimum loan amount for their living costs, regardless of household income. If you’re on a full-time teacher training course and live in London this will be £5,981. Outside of London it will be £4,289 or £3,410 if you’re living at home.

You can use the student finance calculator to estimate Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans and extra funding that may be available, for instance Parents’ Learning Allowance or Childcare Grants. Please note the calculator is for trainees intending to train in 2020/21.

How to apply for the tuition fee and maintenance loan

Once you’ve accepted your place on a non-salaried teacher training course, you can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a Maintenance Loan via Student Finance England (SFE).

Loan repayments

Your loan repayments depend on how much you earn – not on how much you have borrowed.

If you do not already have a student loan, or you took one out on or after 1 September 2012, you are only required to make repayments when you are earning over £26,575. Your repayments will not increase if you take out a loan for teacher training.

If you took out a student loan before 1 September 2012, you are only required to make repayments when you are earning over £19,390. Your repayments will not increase if you take out a loan for teacher training.

The table below shows your monthly repayments if you’ve no previous student loan or if you have a loan taken out from 2012 or later. If you have a student loan from before 2012, your monthly repayments will be different from the below.

Annual income before tax Monthly repayment 
Up to £26,575 £0
£27,000 £4
£30,000 £26
£35,000 £64
£40,000 £101
Eligibility

Tuition fees and any other financial support you might receive will depend on your status as a home, EU/EEA or overseas student. Find out more information on GOV.UK.

Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to apply for this support via your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI).

Additional financial support

If you have children, a disability or an adult dependant, you could get:

You can use the student finance calculator to estimate the extra funding that may be available to you.

How to apply for extra support
  • Once you’ve accepted your place on a non-salaried teacher training course, you can apply for Parents’ Learning Allowance, Disabled Students’ Allowance, Childcare Grants and Adult Dependants’ Grant online via Student Finance England(SFE). SFE is also where you’ll need to apply online for Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans.
  • Universal Credit is claimed via UK.
  • Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to apply for this support via your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI).

 

 

 

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