GITEP exists to recruit and train teachers for our partner schools. We do not want potential applicants to be put off by the costs of training to teach. The cost of many teacher training courses is increasing in 2017/18 in line with increases in undergraduate fees at universities. The directors of GITEP SCITT, who are all headteachers, believe that training to teach is already a substantial financial commitment for many and have taken the decision not to increase fees in line with many other providers. The fees for 2017/18 will be:
QTS with PGCE: £9,000
This applies to all training routes accredited by GITEP SCITT, including School Direct.
Most trainees do not need to pay tuition fees up front and all eligible trainees are able to apply for a tuition fee loan.
Training Bursaries and Scholarships
There are substantial training bursaries and scholarships available for most subjects. The table below summarises the financial incentives available in 2017/18. Information on bursaries and scholarships can be found on the Get Into Teaching website.
|Bursary Eligibility 2017/18¹|
|Scholarships²||Trainee with first/PhD||2:1/Masters||2:2|
|Design & Technology||£12,000||£9,000||£0|
You don’t need to apply for a bursary. If you are enrolled on a fee paying course and meet the eligibility criteria we will sort this out. You will receive more information on the arrangements prior to the start of your course.
Tuition Fee Loan
As a Home or EU trainee you may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees charged. You will need to apply for this loan online through Student Finance England.
GITEP Trainee Teacher Fund
The directors of Gloucestershire Association of Secondary Headteachers have established a fund to help trainee teachers who are experiencing financial difficulties. Any awards made do not have to be repaid. The fund is limited and discretionary and we cannot guarantee that an award will be made. Applications can be made at any point in the programme.
Visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.
As a full time trainee you are able to apply directly to your local council for a council tax reduction/exemption. We will supply confirmation that you are eligible.