IOP Teacher Training Scholarships rise to £30,000

1 October 2015

The IOP Teacher Training Scholarship scheme has been renewed for another year – and the value of a scholarship increased to £30,000.


Scholarships, funded by the Department for Education, are available for up to 150 prospective teachers in England to receive financial backing during their training, as well as mentoring, support and free IOP membership during their training year.

The Institute has awarded more than 450 scholarships over the four years that the scheme has run. Previously the scholarship packages came with £25,000 of funding, but have increased by £5000 for the 2016/7 academic year.

The IOP’s past president Dr Frances Saunders said: “Recent efforts to recruit a greater number of physics teachers have helped to reduce the shortage. Nevertheless, the problem of there being too few specialists persists. 

“The government’s continued commitment to our scholarships, and the increase to £30,000, is recognition of both the depth of the problem and the momentum that our successful scheme has gathered, having awarded 456 teaching scholarships over the past four years.  We look forward to welcoming another round of scholars to our teacher community this year and helping them to become some of England’s very best, most inspirational teachers.”

2014 scholar Fern Langran-Goldsmith, said: “I would definitely highly recommend the IOP Scholarship to everyone. You have nothing to lose but everything to gain. Through it I have met some incredible people and it has given me opportunities beyond what my training course was able to give me.”

The Institute held two celebration events for 2015’s scholars during September.

To find out more about the scholarship scheme, see the Teacher Training Scholarship pages.

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