Support is being focused on targeting priority subjects and the recruitment of high calibre candidates:-
- priority incentives will be available for new eligible students starting postgraduate ITT courses in the 2012/13 academic year in mathematics, physics, chemistry, modern foreign languages and Welsh
- these incentives will be variable depending on degree qualifications. Eligible postgraduate students with a first class degree will receive the highest funding levels, with progressively lower amounts for those a 2.1 or 2.2. Funding will not be available for those without at least a 2.2.
Outside of the priority subjects, only new eligible students with a first class degree starting postgraduate ITT courses in the 2012/13 academic year in a range of other designated subjects or in primary studies will receive incentive grants.
This support builds on the new tuition fee grant, which is available to students ordinarily resident in Wales who start full-time postgraduate ITT courses in the 2012/13 academic year on the same basis as undergraduate courses.
The Minister said,
The initial teacher training (ITT) incentive grants available in Wales for new eligible students on specified postgraduate (PGCE) ITT courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status starting in the 2012/13 academic year are as follows:-
“The ITT incentive grants we are making available for the 2012/13 academic year are aimed at strengthening ITT in Wales.
“They support studies here which can lead on to the Masters programme for Newly Qualified Teachers which I announced would be available from September 2012.
“Our approach targets priority postgraduate secondary subjects; supports recruitment of high calibre candidates, including those with first class degrees outside the priority subjects; and continues our approach of supporting Welsh students by providing a comparable package to England for ITT students.”
|Honours degree qualification of student||Postgraduate secondary courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, modern languages and Welsh
|| Postgraduate secondary courses in ICT, design & technology, English, biology, history, RE, art, PE, music, drama and geography
Postgraduate primary courses
|1st (and 2.1 in physics)||£15,000||£3,000|
2. Eligible students with either a 1st or 2.1 honours degree qualification on physics postgraduate ITT courses starting in the 2012/13 academic year would receive the £15,000 incentive grant.
3. ITT incentive grants will only available in the subjects or study areas listed above. For secondary combined courses, the qualifying subject would be the main subject studied. No ITT incentive grants will be available for general science, business studies or outdoor studies courses.
4. Eligible students who are ordinarily resident in Wales and starting full-time postgraduate ITT courses in the 2012/13 academic year can also receive a new tuition fee grant of up to £5,535.
5. The ITT incentive grants and new tuition fee grant provide eligible students starting full-time postgraduate ITT courses in the 2012/13 academic year who are ordinarily resident in Wales with comparable grant funding to their counterparts in England.
6. The incentives relate to courses which lead to Qualified Teacher Status. They do not apply to further education teacher training courses.
7. Grants are available to students on designated courses meeting specified eligibility criteria. Terms and conditions apply.
8. Grants are only available for specified postgraduate ITT courses leading to Qualified Teacher Status starting in the 2012/13 academic year. No availability for future years is implied.