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9th November 2020

A Guide to Funding for ITT

There are various funds, grants and bursaries available to schools who play their role in developing the next generation of teachers. The amount that your school can claim is changing for the next academic year. The aim of this article is to help you to understand both the current funding initiatives and next year’s changes.

Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship

If you’re unsure on what the Apprenticeship Levy is and how to access it, please click here to find out more.

The postgraduate teaching apprenticeship allows schools to use the money in their apprenticeship levy service account to cover the £9,000 PGCE/QTS training & assessment costs. The Engage Teacher Training Programme incorporates the postgraduate teaching apprenticeship into our two-phased approach to initial teacher training, with graduates moving onto the apprenticeship for Phase Two: Ready to Teach.

If your teaching apprentice is under 25, your school is also eligible for a rebate on employer’s national insurance.

DfE Salary Grants

Schools on the Apprenticeship route are eligible for DfE salary grants covering up to 90% of the trainee’s salary. These grants can be accessed from a lead school in a teaching alliance or a School Direct partnership.

READ MORE: How To Use Your Apprenticeship Levy

Current Funding (valid for the remainder of the academic year)
High Priority – Physics, Maths, Chemistry, MFL, Computing
Inner London £19,400 Outer London £18,100
Fringe £15,700 Rest Of England £14,500

 

Low Priority – Biology, English, RE, Music, Geography, History
Inner London £13,100 Outer London £12,100
Fringe £10,400 Rest Of England £9,500

 

Primary
Inner London £6,900 Outer London £6,300
Fringe £5,100 Rest Of England £4,500
September 2021 Funding
Chemistry, Computing, Maths, Physics £15,000
Classics, Languages £1,000

 

School Direct (Salaried)

School Direct (Salaried) is a similar training route to the postgraduate teaching apprenticeship in many aspects, including the funding structures.

A key difference between the courses is that schools cannot utilise their apprenticeship levy accounts to cover any of the costs associated with School Direct. 

However, the DfE funding available to schools for School Direct does account for this to some degree, as it can be used to cover the PGCE training/assessment as well as salary and employment on-costs.

Current Funding
High Priority – Physics, Maths, Chemistry, MFL, Computingg
Inner London £23,900 Outer London £22,600
Fringe £20,200 Rest Of England £19,000

 

Low Priority – Biology, English, RE, Music, Geography, History
Inner London £17,600 Outer London £16,600
Fringe £14,900 Rest Of England £14,000

 

Primary
Inner London £11,400 Outer London £10,800
Fringe £9,600 Rest Of England £9,000
September 2021 Funding
Chemistry, Computing, Maths, Physics £24,000
Classics, Languages £10,000
Biology £7,000

 

As with the salary grants for the apprenticeship programme, this funding can only be accessed via a ‘lead school’ in a School Direct partnership. If you are in a partnership, then you’ll simply need to get in touch with your lead school to request the funding, giving the name of your trainee, subject, start date and details of the training provider.

We are extremely proud of our unique Teacher Training Programme – it offers fantastic flexibility for schools looking to fill future staffing gaps with highly trained, passionate graduate teachers. You can take the first step to becoming a partner school with Engage by booking a meeting with one of our experienced consultants. Visit the calendar below to select a convenient time, and one of our team will be in touch to discuss all the ways the Engage Teacher Training Programme can benefit your school.

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