Following a successful launch of the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Fee Awards scheme in July this year and a second application window in September, we are pleased to announce that a third and final window for applications has opened.
The ITT Fee Awards scheme is being administered by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) on behalf of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS). The Awards are available to trainees undertaking the first year of a Higher Education Institution (HEI) validated further education sector-specific initial teacher training qualification. The Awards are paid directly to the ITE provider in part-payment of trainees’ course fees. Applications should only be made by the organisation that is in receipt of student fees. Only one claim can be made per eligible trainee.
Awarding organisation (AO) qualifications continue to be funded through the Skills Funding Agency and are not covered by the LSIS FE awards scheme. Separate arrangements are in place for those in the second year of an AO qualification as detailed below.
The ITT Fee Awards offer only one of two awards below:
- £1,500 paid directly to the ITE provider towards the fees of those training as subject specialists to teach basic maths/numeracy and English/literacy (including functional skills) and following a HEI validated subject-specific qualification to teach mathematics (numeracy) or English (literacy) in the further education and skills sector; or
- £1,000 paid directly to the ITE provider towards the fees of those training to teach other subjects in the further education and skills sector and following a HEI validated qualification.
- Download full funding guidance for the ITT Fee Awards scheme 2012/13.
Fee awards will be allocated to ITE providers on a first-come, first-served basis within the funds available.
To apply to join the FE ITT Fee Awards Scheme 2012/13, please read the full funding guidance and then submit Provider Registration Forms Parts 1 and 2 provided below to ITTfeeaward@lsis.org.uk by midnight Friday 1 February 2013.
If you have any enquiries on these awards, please call our Helpline on 0300 3031877 or email email@example.com
The ITT Fee Awards scheme is separate from the Basic English and Maths Teacher Training Awards scheme – see FE Advice at LSIS service for guidance.
Awarding Organisation Qualifications
- Awarding Organisation provision: ITT qualifications accredited by awarding organisations and on the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework continue to be funded in 2012/13 by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and therefore are not currently eligible for the LSIS ITT fee awards. However, other support may be available from Institute for Learning (IfL) (see item '2' below)
- Fee grant: there are currently in excess of 2,500 part-time ITT trainees in the first year of their teacher training and who have received their fee grant of £400 from IfL. These trainees will not be eligible for the LSIS ITT fee award. However, those continuing into their second year in 2012-13 will be eligible for a further £400 fee grant administered by IfL (see the Grants for Initial Teacher Training page on the IfL website for more information). IfL administers these grants on behalf of BIS. These government grants are intended to offset the cost of ITT for teachers who are studying a part-time, 'in-service', Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS). Further education (FE) providers are able to claim a flat rate, non means tested, grant of up to £400 per individual teacher or trainer through IfL.