A further 650 teacher scholarships awarded for core subjects and SEN


A further round of more than 650 scholarships worth up to £3,500 each have been awarded by the government.

It is the second year of the £2 million National Scholarship Fund and the grants have been extended to SEN support staff for the first time.

The funding is aimed at supporting professionals with CPD across the core subjects and SEN.

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that around half of the teacher and SEN support staff applicants were successful.

In total, 387 teachers and 274 support staff have won funding. Of the teachers, 35 of the successful applications were for English, 101 for maths and 15 for science.

Applications included a teacher wanting to take master’s qualifications in maths education and another in Victorian literature. A third applicant wanted to study towards a PGCE in astronomy and astrophysics while another was taking a Level 7 Diploma in specific learning difficulties and dyslexia.

Scholarships for teachers are worth a maximum of £3,500 while those for SEN support staff are capped at £2,000.

Schools minister Nick Gibb said: “We have awarded these scholarships to teaching staff who have demonstrated their potential to develop deep subject knowledge and their desire to pass it on to their pupils.”

Elsewhere, a £2 million-a-year teacher training partnership between the DfE and the Institute of Physics (IoP) is to continue. 

The IoP’s Teacher Training Scholarships are aimed at tackling what the DfE calls a “chronic shortage” of physics teachers. This year, 115 trainee teachers have been recruited via the programme. 

The £20,000 scholarships are available to graduates with a 2:1 or first class degree intending to do a mainstream physics, or physics with maths, initial teacher training course.

Professor Peter Main, director of education and science at the IoP, said: “Last year we saw 889 new trainees start their initial teacher training and this year all evidence suggests that we’ll see more than 900 entering teacher training. This is up from below 600 two years ago.”

For more on the National Scholarship Fund, visit www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching
and for more information on the physics scholarships, see www.iop.org/scholarships


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