UK: Teacher Training bursaries for Mandarin Chinese Language Graduates

What are the bursaries? The Training and Development Agency for schools (TDA) want to train up 1,575 language teachers this year, in order to meet current demand for language teachers. To encourage language graduates to enter teacher training they will be offering bursaries of up to £20,000.

Why?  The number of pupils expected to sit language GCSEs next year has risen by 22% to 52%, thought to be due to the requirements of the new English Baccalaureate - but at the same time, the number of modern foreign language teachers has declined in recent years, due to the fall in the number of pupils studying language GCSEs and A-levels, leading to fewer students studying languages at university.

How many have applied so far?  The TDA has already received nearly 3,000 enquiries into teaching French, Spanish, German and Mandarin and that 845 had formally applied. However, it added: "Despite what looks to be a bumper year for enquiries into teaching languages, the growing interest amongst pupils means even more quality teachers are urgently needed. The new English Baccalaureate is having an immediate impact - hugely increasing the proportion of pupils taking the core academic subjects."

What do I need and how do I apply?  Bursaries are available for trainees on eligible postgraduate courses in England who are not employed as a teacher.  To find out more visit the TDA’s bursary page.

How much do I get?  A first class degree will allow you to get the full £20000 bursary, £15000 for a 2.1 and £12000 for a 2.2.

Why not also read the BBC’s recent article.

23 March 12