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Funding for employment-based teacher training

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The School Direct (salaried) programme is an on-the-job programme that allows you to qualify as a teacher and pays a salary while you work.

You will be employed by a school, earn a salary, and work towards qualified teacher status (QTS) all at the same time. The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is a great employment-based route, open to graduates with at least three years' work experience. However, schools can decide to accept applications from candidates with less work experience to attract high-quality candidates in hard-to-fill subjects, such as maths and physics.


As a trainee on this route, you must be employed in a school while you train. You will receive a salary from your school. The amount will depend on where you train and your subject. This year trainees in maths, physics and computing can earn up to £25,000. The list of schools offering places with this enhanced salary can be found on this spreadsheet (Excel, 57KB)

The school will cover the cost of your training to become a qualified teacher, but you may need to pay for a qualification such as a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), if awarded. Please check with the school you are interested in applying to about their particular arrangements.

Remember that generous tax-free bursaries and scholarships of up to £25,000 are available to train to teach some subjects. These may make better financial sense than a School Direct (salaried) course, where you'll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher and there are far fewer places available. Find out more about all teacher training courses

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