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Financial support available for teacher training

Published: Wednesday, 04 June 2008   Category: Career Advice

Getting financial support for teacher training is easier than for other areas of postgraduate study, it has been claimed.

Elspeth Farrar, communications director for the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services said all PGCE students received "some funding".

She added: "Financially, it is not as difficult as doing other areas of further study, where you would probably have to pay tuition fees.

"In many cases, to do a one-year postgraduate diploma or even a Masters course, you are not actually guaranteed any funding at all.

Funding for graduate students who had not budgeted for further university training can open doors for university-leavers into the teaching profession.

This is especially crucial for recruiters in light of researcher claims stating the profession is in line for a staffing shortfall.

Education Data Surveys figures released in February 2008 showed a decline in teacher training numbers, with falls of 15 per cent in English and Maths, and a 30 per cent decrease in Physics.

The only subjects to see significant increases were drama, music and social studies.

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