Troops to Teachers (TtT) Undergraduate Initial Teacher Training Bursary 

The Troops to Teachers Undergraduate Initial Teacher Training Bursary is being introduced from September 2018 to support Armed Forces veterans into teaching.

The £40000 Bursary will be paid in the final two years of a three-year undergraduate Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme. The Bursary will be available to veterans who study for an undergraduate degree with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in England in a priority subject (i.e. secondary biology, chemistry, physics, computing, maths or modern foreign languages).

This Bursary demonstrates the Department for Education’s ongoing commitment to supporting veterans to enter teaching, as part of the Armed Forces Covenant.

The incentive, will help ex-servicemen and women – who have spent their career honing the discipline, motivation and unique skills needed to become great teachers - make the transition to the classroom where they can share their expertise with the next generation. This Bursary compliments the full range of programmes and support available for graduate veterans including Get into Teaching advisers and financial incentives packages.

The Troops to Teachers (TtT) programme will continue to be delivered to existing participants through the University of Brighton. The final cohort is due to complete the programme in September 2019.

Further details can be found on the get into teacher website as can many answers to frequently asked questions on the Troops to Teachers Q&A Fact Sheet

Bursary Eligibility, Assessment & Payment

To be eligible for the bursary, veterans must:

  • Not already have an undergraduate degree.
  • Be entitled to support under the Student Finance England eligibility criteria.
  • Have left full time employment from the British Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy no more than 5 years before the start of the course

Higher Education Institutions (HEI) ITT providers will assess eligibility and pay the bursary to veterans as is the case with other ITT bursaries. A drop-down ‘Service Leaver’ option has been added to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) ITT return system to enable this information to be captured and trigger the payments to providers. 

The bursary will be paid in 10 equal monthly instalments of £2,000, from October to July during the final two years of the course. 

As with other bursaries the payments are not taxable.

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