Salary & Funding

What are my funding options?

There are two funding routes open for our Initial Teacher Education course through School Direct: the Salaried route and the Tuition-Fee route.

Please click here for more information to help you decide which route might be most appropriate for you.

For more information on your funding options, and an overview of what is available to you, please visit:

What qualifications will I receive?

The Harris ITE programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and you will also earn a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and 60 Masters Credits from our partner university.

You will leave at the end of the year-long course fully prepared for your Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year.

How will Harris ITE support my early career development?

As a Harris NQT, you will have a mentor to guide you through your first year as a qualified teacher. Your mentor will meet with you each week and provide regular support so that you continue to develop excellent classroom practice.

Harris NQTs also receive subject and age phase specialist training from our consultants and outstanding practitioners throughout the NQT year. These bespoke sessions alow you to further develop your classroom practice, providing a supportive network of colleagues with whom to share ideas, experiences and best practice.

For more information about the comprehensive Harris NQT Induction Programme, please see our NQTs and Alumni page here.

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Salaried route

If you are a professional graduate or have experience working in any professional career, our highly competitive salaried School Direct option could be for you.

The salaried route enables you to 'earn while you learn' as a direct employee of one of our academies. For this route, you will be paid on the unqualified teachers' pay scale. Please see the table below for more information:

Unqualified Teachers' Pay Scale

Annual salary inner London area
(band A)

Annual salary outer London area
(band B)

Annual salary Fringe area
(band C)




Fee-funded route

Bursaries and Scholarships

Generous, tax-free funding in the form of bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees based on your highest relevant academic award and your subject choice.

Scholarships of £28,000 are available for those training to teach Physics, Chemistry,Geography, Modern Foreign Languages and Computing. These prestigious awards are aimed at high quality graduates with a 2:2 and above, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers. Details can be found here.

Please see the table below for more detail on bursaries, scholarships and eligibility:

  Eligibility 2020/20201
  Scholarship for trainees with 1st or 2:1

Bursary for trainees with 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 





























Business Studies



History    £9,000

Primary with maths 





Eligibility 2020/21

Trainees with 1st; 2:1; 2:2; PhD or Master’s

Early-career payments




£26,000 bursary



£28,000 scholarship



Additional Funding

Student Finance England offers financial support for those on the Fee-funded teacher training route. For more details, please see the information below:

Tuition fee loan:

The full cost of course fees up to £9,520 can be covered by your tuition fee loan. This means you the cost of tuition fees do not have to be paid upfront. You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the full cost of your course and this is paid directly to your training provider from Student Finance England. Tuition Fee Loans are not means-tested, so regardless of your household income you should be able to claim the full amount for your course fees. 

Maintenance loan:

You may be also be eligible for pp to £11,354 in the form of Maintenance Loan to help cover living costs.

All eligible trainees will qualify for at least the minimum loan amount for their living costs, regardless of household income. If you’re on a full-time teacher training course and live in London this will be £5,654. Outside of London it will be £4,054.

Funding for EU Nationals:

EU nationals applying for teacher training in 2020/21 may still be eligible for a tax-free bursary or scholarship and a tuition fee loan.

How to apply:

Once you’ve accepted your place the course, you can apply for a Loan via Student Finance England (SFE)