IOP Teacher Training Scholarships set to open as government renews funding

29 September 2016

The Department for Education (DfE) will fund the IOP Teacher Training Scholarships for the sixth consecutive year, it announced today, and the IOP will open the programme on 3 October.

IOP Teacher Training Scholarships set to open as government renews funding

The scholarships, worth £30,000, are for individuals entering physics teacher training in England in the 2017/18 academic year, for which 150 awards will be available. As well as £30,000 tax-free funding, IOP scholars will have the opportunity to become part of the scholarship community with access to CPD, networking events, educational trips, free membership of the IOP for the teacher training year and opportunities to contribute to physics education policy.

The IOP has been working to increase the number of physics teachers in England in partnership with the DfE, which announced today that it is providing £4.5m funding for the scheme for the 2017/18 year.

The IOP’s head of education, Charles Tracy, said: “We are delighted to be running the DfE’s scholarships programme again next year. This year, our joint efforts have brought in one of the highest numbers of trainee physics teachers in recent years, 145 of whom have been offered scholarships. We know that, as well as the financial help, the scholars appreciate the support they get during training and their early career and this contributes to their likelihood of remaining in teaching.”

The IOP’s chief executive, Professor Paul Hardaker, commented: “Physics makes such an important contribution to our health and well-being, the way we live our lives and the growth of our economy, and yet we still have a large shortage of physics teachers in our schools. So we are hugely grateful for the continued support from the DfE for our physics teacher training scholarship scheme. This funding will be invaluable in helping those who have that passion to become exceptional physics teachers who will go on to inspire our next generation of physicists.

“Our support will go well beyond any initial training teaching. We provide ongoing professional support and development opportunities to all those who pass through our scheme throughout their career, as they become part of our ever-growing network of physics teachers.”

Further information about the scheme and how to apply is available on the Teacher Training Scholarship pages.