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Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

UCET statement on ITE bursaries (13th October 2020)

13 October 2020

We are extremely disappointed about the reductions in bursary support for teacher education students. All students, in whatever phase or subject, need to be able to support themselves. They should also be treated equitably with their peers. Student teachers are a hugely beneficial resource for schools at the moment and they all need financial support that will allow them to complete their programmes. And the government must not become too relaxed about teacher supply. Although applications to ITE have increased because of the pandemic, the effect could be short lived and underlying problems are likely to remain. Removing bursaries is a short term measure that could have long-term implications.

The link to the information on this year's ITE bursaries is here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-initial-teacher-training-itt/funding-initial-teacher-training-itt-academic-year-2021-to-2022