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Plenty of financial support on offer for trainee teachers.

Byline: David Whinyates Special Correspondent

As prospective teachers contemplate a highly-rewarding and valuable career, there are many questions that they may ask, the answers to which could have a strong bearing on their ultimate decision.

Much of what they might want to know concerns finance. For example, will they receive any financial support while training? The answer here is yes!

Those on a postgraduate or undergraduate route into initial teacher training (ITT), and classed as home or European Union (EU) will be able to access the standard financial package of student support available to all students in England.

This includes tuition fee and maintenance loans, and a means-tested maintenance grant. In addition to this, they may be eligible for a tax-free training bursary or a scholarship, of up to PS25,000.

Substantial tax-free bursaries of up to PS20,000 are available for people with top degrees in certain subjects. The amount of bursary you will be eligible for depends on the subject you want to teach and your degree class.

Scholarships of PS25,000 are also available in a number of bursaries are offered to trainees with 2:1 and first class degrees.

The national and international evidence is that teachers' level of prior education is directly linked to standards of attainment of their pupils.

The more knowledgeable the teacher, the better able the pupil is to learn. Degree class is also a good predictor of whether a trainee will complete their course and achieve QTS.

Also it's important that trainees understand, as they are considering a career in teaching, the bursary that they are likely to attract if they are accepted on to a teacher training course. Using degree class means that trainees know where they stand before they apply.

The golden hello scheme has now ceased for all new entrants, but you may still be eligible for a bursary or scholarship to support you during your teacher training, depending on the subject you want to teach.

Starting salaries in teaching are high compared to other graduate professions, and can rise quickly afterwards. Teachers begin on a minimum of PS21,804 and the most successful teachers progress faster on the basis of annual appraisals.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 8, 2014
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