Finance

Primary and Secondary

Introduction

An important part of making a decision about which is the right teacher training course for you is understanding more about the costs to you.

Within this section we will give you details of how much the course fees are and how they can be paid. Most trainees pay for their tuition fees via get obtaining a loan from Student Finance but there are other methods as well so it is worth exploring these.

If you are planning to join the salaried course, whether primary or secondary, we also have information about that too.

For secondary, there are subjects that offer bursaries to help finance you during your training year. Check out the specific pages to see how much of a bursary can be received and if you are eligible to receive one.

The Primary Tuition course fee and bursary pages will explain more about this if you are planning to become a primary teacher.

Primary SCITT

Primary SCITT Tuition Bursaries

Unfortunately, the government are not funding bursaries for the Primary Tuition programme for those wishing to train during the 2021/22 academic year.

However, it could be that future years may attract a bursary as the DfE changes their criteria each year.

Primary SCITT Tuition Course Fees

Primary SCITT Tuition Course Fees
 
Course Fees
 
The Tuition fee for 2021-2022 is £9,250
 

Funding my training

There are two types of funding available for primary teacher training and depending on your circumstances, you could receive both:

You can use the student finance calculator to estimate your entitlement to loans and extra support.

Alternatively, you can pay your tuition fee to us directly – either in full or by spreading the cost in 3 termly instalments.

What do your tuition fees cover?

  • training costs – core training and subject knowledge training delivered by a range of experts.
  • placement costs – payments are paid to the school for having you.
  • assessment costs – assessment visits and assignments.
  • tutor support and visits – your PGCE is gained from University of Suffolk.

What are the benefits of the tuition fee route?

  • You are not employed by your placement school so you have a different role in the school. You are not responsible for the progress and the attainment of classes from the start of the course.
  • You will always have an experienced teaching professional in the class with you providing you with formal and informal feedback about your progress.
  • Your teaching timetable is gradually increased and personalised at a pace which is appropriate for you. 
  • You will be registered as a student at University of Suffolk and that will provide with you all the benefits of being a student- reduced travel costs and council tax; discounts in retail stores etc. More details about benefits of being enrolled as a student at University of Suffolk can be found here.

How do you repay the loan of the tuition fees? 

Your loan repayments depend on how much you earn – not on how much you have borrowed. 

If you do not already have a student loan, or you took one out on or after 1 September 2012, you are only required to make repayments when you are earning over £26,575. Your repayments will not increase if you take out a loan for teacher training.

If you took out a student loan before 1 September 2012, you are only required to make repayments when you are earning over £19,390. Your repayments will not increase if you take out a loan for teacher training.

The table below shows your monthly repayments if you’ve no previous student loan or if you have a loan taken out from 2012 or later. If you have a student loan from before 2012, your monthly repayments will be different from the below.

Your income per yearMonthly repayments
Up to £26,575  £0
£27,000 £4
£30,000£26
£35,000 £64
£40,000 £101
 
Will I receive any travel expenses?
Unfortunately, you will need to pay for your own travel expenses. However, we do try to place you at a placement school within 40 minutes drive or equivalent on public transport. We also encourage lift-sharing within our community of students for travelling to and from Core Training. 

Primary SCITT Salaried

Primary SCITT Salaried Route Finances

Primary SCITT Salaried is an employment-based route into teaching supported by the Department of Education.

There are no tuition fees payable on this training route.

However, in order to apply for this programme, you must have secured the support of a school will be able to pay for your training fee to Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT and your salary while training.

Unfortunately for the 2021/22 academic year, the government is not providing a salary grant to support Primary Salaried training.


If you are keen to apply for this route and have school support, please contact us

Secondary SCITT

Secondary SCITT Tuition Bursaries

Secondary SCITT Tuition Bursaries
 
Bursary Information for 2021-2022
 

An overview of the bursaries and scholarships available can be found in the table below. 

You’ll need a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. Further information on funding options two and three can be found on the funding my training page. If you’re an non-UK EU national, you could also receive this support. 

  
If you would like more information about specific subjects, click on the name in the table below:
 
 
ITT Subject

Scholarship 

1st, 2:1, 2:2,
PhD or Master’s

£26,000
£24,000
£26,000
£24,000
£26,000
£24,000
£26,000
£24,000
£10,000
£7,000

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a tuition fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body.

Both elements will be assessed by Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. Candidates with overseas degrees, may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. 
The DfE can help you with this. Contact the DfE on 0800 389 2500 and they can provide you with guidance on your equivalent qualifications and a free UK NARIC statement of comparability (this usually costs £49.50 plus VAT) once you’ve submitted your application to teacher training.

Bursaries are available to trainees with a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.

Trainees in chemistry, computing, maths and physics are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Each of the professional scholarship bodies sets its own eligibility criteria – find out more on the dedicated scholarship pages. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. 

All other subjects do not receive any government bursary at the current time. However, there is a local need for teachers to be trained in these subjects.

Bursary payments are processed automatically for eligible candidates by Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT. More information will be given prior to the start of the course.

For more information regarding bursaries and scholarships please visit here.

Secondary Tuition Course Fees

Secondary SCITT Tuition
 
Course Fees
 
The Tuition fee for 2021-2022 is £9,250 for the Full Time training course
 
The Tuition fee for 2021-2022 is £5,750 each year for the two year Part Time training course
 

Funding my training

There are two types of funding available for secondary teacher training and depending on your circumstances, you could receive both:

You can use the student finance calculator to estimate your entitlement to loans and extra support.

Alternatively, you can pay your tuition fee to us directly – either in full or by spreading the cost in 3 termly instalments.

What do your tuition fees cover?

  • training costs – core training and subject knowledge training delivered by a range of experts.
  • placement costs – payments are paid to the school for having you.
  • assessment costs – assessment visits and assignments.
  • tutor support and visits – your PGCE is gained from University of Suffolk.

What are the benefits of the tuition fee route?

  • You are not employed by your placement school so you have a different role in the school. You are not responsible for the progress and the attainment of classes from the start of the course.
  • You will always have an experienced teaching professional in the class with you providing you with formal and informal feedback about your progress.
  • Your teaching timetable is gradually increased and personalised at a pace which is appropriate for you. 
  • You will be registered as a student at University of Suffolk and that will provide with you all the benefits of being a student- reduced travel costs and council tax; discounts in retail stores etc. More details about benefits of being enrolled as a student at University of Suffolk can be found here.

How do you repay the loan of the tuition fees? 

Your loan repayments depend on how much you earn – not on how much you have borrowed. 

If you do not already have a student loan, or you took one out on or after 1 September 2012, you are only required to make repayments when you are earning over £26,575. Your repayments will not increase if you take out a loan for teacher training.

If you took out a student loan before 1 September 2012, you are only required to make repayments when you are earning over £19,390. Your repayments will not increase if you take out a loan for teacher training.

The table below shows your monthly repayments if you’ve no previous student loan or if you have a loan taken out from 2012 or later. If you have a student loan from before 2012, your monthly repayments will be different from the below.

Your income per yearMonthly repayments
Up to £26,575  £0
£27,000 £4
£30,000£26
£35,000 £64
£40,000 £101
 
Will I receive any travel expenses?
Unfortunately, you will need to pay for your own travel expenses. However, we do try to place you at a placement school within 40 minutes drive or equivalent on public transport. We also encourage lift-sharing within our community of students for travelling to and from Core Training. 

Secondary SCITT Salaried

Secondary SCITT Salaried Finances for 2021-2022

 

Secondary SCITT Salaried is an employment-based route into teaching supported by the Department of Education.

There are no tuition fees payable by the individual on this training route.

You are not able to apply for maintenance grants during your training.

You will be employed by your placement school with the usual employment rights and you will be trained by Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT who are the awarding body for QTS and PGCE. There will be a small additional fee for your PGCE qualification, and the amount will be shared with you if you are successfully recruited onto the course.

Secondary Salaried trainees are paid full time on the Unqualified Teacher Scale for the duration of the course which is 9.5 months so not a full 12 month contract. 

The salaries for 2021-2022 will be between £14,675 and £18,000 (9.5 month contract) depending on the number of teaching hours that your employing placement school requires you to teach from the start of the course. Please note that you will be taxed on any salary that you earn in total for the year of 2021-2022 and at the current time, the Personal Allowance is £12,500 but this may change for the tax year of 2021-2022.

More information about personal tax rates and allowances can be found here

The duration of your training course will be 9.5 months so will start in the last week of August 2021 (for induction) and then you will complete your training by the middle of June 2022.

The following subjects will receive government funding towards the salary your school will pay you and the training fee we receive – you still need a supporting school to support your application as the government funding will not cover all of your salary and training fee for the subjects listed:  

  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Languages
  • Biology

We also offer training in other subjects: English, History, Geography, Music, DT, Art, PE, RE and Sociology but these subjects will not receive any government funding towards your salary and training fee. If you wish to make a Salaried application in these subjects then please ask your supporting school to contact us so we can explain the finances to them.

There are no part time opportunities on this programme.

When making an application on UCAS, you must include in your personal statement the information that a school is prepared to make a contribution towards your salary and pay the training fee as the grant from the Department of Education may not cover all or any of your salary and training costs.

If you wish for more information regarding the financial contribution required by a supporting school then please email us and this information will be shared with you.