Funding & Golden Hellos

Funding can be provided for your intitial teacher training, where eligible

Golden Hellos and Additional Specialism Incentive Scheme

The Department for Education has announced the closure of the Golden Hello Scheme for all trainees starting their initial teacher training (ITT) in the academic year 2011/12 and beyond.  Additional Specialism Incentive Scheme was introduced in July 2008 as an incentive to increase the supply of Maths, Chemistry and Physics Teachers.

Trainees who started their postgraduate ITT course before 1 August 2011 will continue to be able to make their application for the Golden Hello Scheme under the current terms and conditions.

If you wish to claim a Golden Hello, you need to fill in the application form from your ITT provider. Additional Incentive Specialism claim forms are available from course providers and should be sent to the address below.

You can find out more details and eligibility on the Department of Education website

Completed forms need to be sent to:

Kent-Teach Team
Worrall House,
30 Kings Hill Avenue,
Kings Hill Business Park,
West Malling
ME19 4AE

Funding Arrangements for Initial Teacher Training

Undergraduates and postgraduates can get help with the costs of their teacher training.
You can get student finance for the following full or part-time teacher training courses if you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate:

  • Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)
  • School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

Funding your course

You can apply for student finance. You’ll get the same level of student loans, grants and bursaries as other students.

Extra help

You may be eligible for a training bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership if you’re a postgraduate. How much you get depends on your teaching subject and degree class.

School Direct

School Direct Training

  • You could be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £25,000, depending on the subject you want to teach and the degree class that you hold.
  • In order to encourage the best people to enter the profession, if you are applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses beginning in 2013 you must have at least a 2:2 degree to access a bursary in most shortage subjects, and at least a 2:1 for non-shortage subjects.
  • You will need to pay tuition fees to cover the cost of your course. Tuition fees will vary according to the training provider with which your chosen school partners to deliver the programme, but the maximum that can be charged is £9000.
  • All candidates from the EU are eligible for a tuition fee loan. In addition, candidates from the UK can also apply for a means-tested maintenance grant and a maintenance loan, more information can be found on GOV.UK.

For more information on funding for Initial Teacher Training visit GOV.UK.

School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

You will be paid a salary by the school in which you train. This salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale. This is the pay scale for all teachers who have not yet received qualified teacher status. You will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your qualified teacher status (QTS) award. You will not be eligible for a training bursary.

Where you fit into these scales will depend on your position, experience and location, as well as on your individual school:

  • London fringe: £17,368–£26,843
  • Outer London: £19,359–£28,841
  • Inner London: £20,496–£29,970
  • Rest of England and Wales: £16,298–£25,776