IOP opens new round of government-funded Teacher Training Scholarships worth £28,000

11 October 2017

The IOP Teacher Training Scholarships for 2018/19 opened today, following the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) announcement that it will fund the programme for the seventh consecutive year.

IOP opens new round of government-funded Teacher Training Scholarships worth £28,000

Worth £28,000 each in tax-free funding, the scholarships give successful candidates the opportunity to become part of the Institute’s teaching community with access to networking events, educational trips, free membership of the IOP for the teacher training year and opportunities to contribute to physics education policy.

The programme is open to applications from prospective trainee teachers who can impress the IOP’s assessors with their academic record, physics subject knowledge and commitment to teaching. Having awarded more than 600 scholarships since the programme launched, the IOP assessors have been impressed by the high calibre of the graduates they have met entering the teaching profession. Successful scholars took part in annual celebration events in London and Manchester last month and 2017 saw the highest number of scholarships offered to date.

The DfE is providing almost £4m to fund up to 142 scholarships in this round. The IOP has been working with the DfE for several years to address the shortage of physics teachers in England.

The Institute’s head of education, Charles Tracy, said: “The scholarships programme remains a successful way of reaching good graduates and attracting them into teaching physics. We are delighted to be managing the programme on behalf of the DfE.

“The scholarships have been running for six years and, in that time, the average recruitment into physics has been 775 per year – at least double the three-year average up to 2010. To help scholars settle into their new career, we build them a network of support through mentoring and day-meetings with their peers."

The IOP is also working with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), who will provide membership to successful scholars that hold a degree in mechanical engineering. This forms part of the IOP and IMechE’s continued commitment to increasing the number of engineers entering physics teacher training.