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New bursary to get Veterans into teaching

New bursary to get Veterans into teaching


11 May, 2018

A new government bursary of £40,000 will be available from September 2018 for ex-Service personnel to retrain as teachers …

Pupils across the country are set to benefit from the leadership and world-renowned expertise of our Armed Forces as the government unveils a £40,000 bursary for ex-Service personnel to retrain as teachers. From September, courses at universities nationwide will offer the incentive to Veterans who have left full-time employment in the British Army, Royal Air Force or Royal Navy in the last five years, or anyone leaving before training begins.

Through leadership, teamwork and problem solving, Veterans are ideally suited to a career in teaching once they leave the Armed Forces. The incentive will help ex-Service men and women – who have spent their career honing the discipline, motivation and unique skills needed to become great teachers – make the transition to the classroom, where they can share their expertise with the next generation.

The bursary will be offered on priority undergraduate courses in biology, chemistry, computing, maths and modern foreign languages, and will replace the existing Troops to Teachers Programme, providing Veterans with greater flexibility and enabling them to train with any Initial Teacher Training provider, while still receiving the same level of financial support.

In addition to the bursary, trainees will also have access to further support through the government’s Get Into Teaching service and other financial incentives.

Ahmed Al-Nahhas, partner in the military claims team at Bolt Burdon Kemp, comments: ‘This new bursary should be welcomed with open arms. It is very encouraging to see the Department for Education taking its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant seriously. Veterans have had such rich life experiences and this, coupled with their training, discipline and problem-solving skills, makes them excellent teachers. It would be great to see more resettlement programmes like this introduced across specific sectors, where Veterans could make a real difference.

Applications for 2018 courses are now open. Applicants must:

  • be undergraduates (i.e. not already have a degree)
  • have left full-time employment in the British Forces in the past five years
  • be interested in studying and qualified to study the priority subjects of secondary maths, biology, chemistry, physics, computing or modern foreign languages
  • meet the appropriate initial teacher training (ITT) eligibility criteria.

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