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Finance

Trainee finances

All students on  SCITT or  non salaried School Direct routes are entitled to identical government grants and loans (managed through the Student Loans Company) as those students undertaking PGCE Courses at University.

Tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student.

Find out more information about EUor overseas status. All grants and bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support as outlined below:

Bursaries from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

The government’s stated desire is that they wish to encourage high quality recruits into teaching. They have therefore indicated that the following bursaries will be made available for Primary Trainees in 2017/18:

Degree Class Bursary
1st £3000
2:1 £0
2:2 £0

These government bursaries as paid by standing order in ten equal monthly payments from early October to July.

As a provider, our evidence indicates that some of our best trainees attained a 2:2 at degree level because they have other qualities essential to becoming an outstanding teacher. In our selection and recruitment processes we therefore still welcome applications with this standard of degree.

Tuition Fees and loans

The Leicester & Leicestershire SCITT Management Board  have agreed the tuition fees for 2017-2018 to be  £9000

A full tuition fee loan will be available for this amount from the Student Loan Company (SLC).  You will have to repay the loan when you are earning over £21,000. Full details can be found on the Directgov website.

In considering tuition fees prospective trainees should be aware of the following:

  • The SCITT employment and retention rates are outstanding and significantly higher than the regional or national average.
  • Our NQT survey results are consistently rated as in the very top ITT providers’ results nationally.  This indicates NQTs trained by the SCITT are virtually unanimous in feeling the SCITT offers exceptionally high quality training.
  • The SCITT provides all trainees with over 60 days of central training, in small class sized groups, in addition to very high quality support in good and outstanding schools.  This means all trainees receive an unusually high level of contact time with tutors. Headteachers, trainers and trainees associated with the SCITT are unanimous in their belief that this means SCITT trainees leave the course with more in depth understanding of the most effective and innovative practices in teaching  than that provided by many other ITT institutions.

The SCITT therefore believes our tuition fees represent very good value for money as all trainees within the SCITT programmes gain from the outstanding training, support and employment prospects we offer.

Maintenance Loans

The maximum Maintenance Loan for new students starting from 1 September 2016 is:

  • £5,740 if you live away from home and study at a university or college outside London
  • £4565 if you live at home

 These loans and grants are paid into your bank account at the start of each term, once you’ve registered on your course.

Full details can be found on theDirectgov website:

https://www.gov.uk/browse/education/student-finance

Help for specific groups of students

There may be additional, non-repayable help for students with children and adult dependants, and for students with a disability.

Please do check the government websites given above  for further information about the grants described above and for further information relating to finances whilst studying with the SCITT.

Alternatively feel welcome to contact the SCITT if you wish to make further enquiries regarding course fees and any other aspects of financial support.