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Provide bursaries to attract top graduates into teaching

Last updated: 12:16pm 8 October 2019

We will continue to provide bursaries to attract top graduates into teaching.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.51

Our verdict

A bursary is a grant – money given for a specific purpose – in this case used to help someone study at university or college. The government attracts graduates into the teaching profession through three types of funding, depending on the circumstances:

  • Tax-free bursary or scholarship, for which applicants must achieve a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s degree
  • Tuition fee and maintenance loans
  • Additional financial support (for parents or those with a disability)

The Department for Education provided bursaries and scholarships for graduates undertaking initial teacher training of up to £30,000 in 2017-18. This provision continued through the 2018-19 academic year with slightly altered rates for most courses, while an increased financial package is set to be introduced for 2019-20. Up to £35,000 will be made available to new Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Modern Foreign Language teachers in addition to their salaries.

We have to take the manifesto wording at face value, so we’re simply looking for evidence that bursaries still exist. On that basis we’re marking this policy as ‘done’.  Some of the bursary amounts have dropped but they do still exist, which is what the government promised. We’ll continue to monitor in the next academic year. Follow this policy for updates.

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