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Bursaries & Funding

DfE bursaries for 2021/22 were announced on 13 October 2020. More information here

Summary of the bursaries announced for 2021/22:

  • A £24,000 tax-free bursary for all trainees with a 2:2 degree or higher in the highest priority subjects: Chemistry, Computing, Maths and Physics.
  • A £10,000 tax-free bursary for Languages and Classics trainees with a 2:2 or higher
  • A £7,000 tax -free bursary for Biology trainees with a 2:2 or higher
  • Scholarships are available for Chemistry, Computing, Maths and Physics. Successful scholars will receive £26,000 tax-free. Scholarships include a package of additional benefits.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses

The DfE has now announced the funding available for SKE courses in 2020/21 for students commencing ITT in September 2021.

We are able to make an offer of a teacher training place under the condition of completing a SKE course.

SKE courses are available if:

  • your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but is closely related
  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at degree level
  • you have an unrelated degree, but relevant professional experience in the subject

Eligibility excludes anyone who has a degree in their chosen ITT subject that was awarded in the previous 5 years.

We identify an applicant’s need for a SKE as part of their selection process, usually at interview.

SKE bursaries of £175 per week are available for the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Biology
  • Languages
  • English
  • Design & Technology
  • Religious Education

Courses are available from 1 April 2021 (Physics is available from Jan 2021).

More information on the Get into Teaching website. Click here

With effect from 1st September 2021, Excalibur Teaching School Alliance ceases to exist in its current format. We will continue to offer CPD and ITT and we are working with the Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching School Hub as a Lead Partner to support the delivery of the Early Careers Framework (Secondary) and the delivery of the new suite of National Professional Qualifications. You can contact us by email at