Changing career to retrain as a teacher will mean a change in salary for many people, so it is important to understand how you can use the financial options available to support your training. We will give you advice to try to ensure you receive a monthly payment while you train. 

As a trainee teacher, you will usually have access to a range of bursaries, scholarships or student loans and there is additional financial support for parents or those with a disability.

We are here to help you and the fellow 500+ Now Teachers who have joined the programme make an informed choice and offer advice on applying for the funds that will support you through your teacher training.

Tax-free bursaries and scholarships

Tax-free bursaries and scholarships are provided by the Department for Education for those training in key subjects and who meet their academic criteria.

To be for a bursary or scholarship the government states, you will need a first, 2:1 or 2:2 in an undergraduate degree or a PhD or Master’s degree and be on a course that has tuition fees to pay.

The bursaries are paid to you in monthly instalments and do not need to be repaid.

Shortage subjects such as Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics and Maths receive more substantial bursaries, so it’s worth considering this when choosing which subject to train in. The DfE also offers further funding if you are working up in a levelling up school in England. We will offer you advice and guidance on what is right for you.

Click below for the tax-free bursaries and scholarships for your chosen subject.

Scholarship – £26,000
Bursary – £24,000

Local authority uplift of £1000 available in certain areas. Levelling up payments of up to £9000 available in certain schools.

Scholarship – £26,000
Bursary – £24,000

Local authority uplift of £1000 available in certain areas.

Levelling up payments of up to £9000 available in certain schools.

Scholarship – £26,000
Bursary – £24,000

Local authority uplift of £1000 available in certain areas.

Levelling up payments of up to £9000 available in certain schools.

Scholarship – £26,000
Bursary – £24,000

Local authority uplift of £1000 available in certain areas.

Levelling up payments of up to £9000 available in certain schools.

Bursary – £15,000

Bursary – £15,000

Bursary – £15,000

Bursary – £15,000

Bursary – £10,000


Tuition fees and maintenance loans


It’s important for you to know that trainee teachers are required to pay tuition fees and that a loan is available to cover the entire cost. Loans are available for all trainees, regardless of subject choice or previous qualifications.

Tuition fees cost up to £9,250  and the Tuition Fees Loan of up to £9,250 means you do not pay these costs upfront. You are required to pay contributions on your student loan if you earn over £27, 295 per year.

There’s no upper age limit for Tuition Fee Loans


A Maintenance Loan is also available to help with your living costs. If you’re on a full-time teacher training course, you can borrow a maximum of £7,987. If you are 60 or over on the first day of your course, you can borrow a maximum of £4,014.

You can borrow more if you are a parent or have a disability. Depending on your circumstances, you could borrow up to £12,382 . We suggest you use the student finance calculator below to find out more.

If you’ve no previous student loans and take one out for your teacher training course, you’ll only start repaying when you are (a) working and (b) your salary exceeds £27,295


The student loan is written off after 30 years and repayments are only made whilst earning over the threshold.

You only repay your loan if you are working. Your repayments depend on how much you earn, not how much you have borrowed. You will not start repaying your loan until you earn above the threshold.

International Students

Access to tuition fees and any other financial support will depend on your status as a home, EU/EEA or overseas student. 

Following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, there are new rules around the fees paid by EU, EEA and Swiss nationals. You can read the new rules here.

If you have studied overseas and have international academic qualifications, you will need to show how these compare to UK equivalents. You gain this Statement of Comparability though ENIC-NARIC.

Schedule of payments   

Teacher salaries

When you qualify as a teacher by gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you can secure salaried positions. Teacher salaries generally follow the main pay scale set by the Department for Education. In your first year as a qualified teacher, you would earn between £23,720 and £29,664 depending on the location of your school.

England & Wales

Minimum – £25,714
Maximum – £41,604

Inner London

Minimum – £32,157
Maximum – £50,953

Outer London

Minimum – £29,915
Maximum – £45,766 

London fringe

Minimum – £26,948
Maximum – £42,780

Subject to satisfactory performance, this would usually reach the maximum in six years.

Your salary would also increase if you are given a Teaching and Learning Responsibility (TLR) payment. These are added to a teacher’s salary when they take on responsibilities beyond classroom teaching, for example becoming head of a department.

These can range from £2,721  to £13,288 and will depend on the extent of the responsibility.

TLR 1 min


TLR 1 max


TLR 2 min


TLR 2 max


Career Progression

Everyone’s career path is different and many Now Teachers have talked about the pleasure of leaving management behind. Others in the Now Teach network have already progressed in their new roles and were given TLRs in their second year.

Peter Jerrom became head of year at Oasis Academy Shirley Park, taking responsibility for sixth form.

Anne Marie Lawlor was given leadership of career’s advice at her school, using her experience in the public sector and civil service to help students consider their futures.

Additional benefits

Teaching is a great career, providing the opportunity to make a difference directly to young people’s lives. It also offers:

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