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National Scholarship Fund for teachers by Mind Map: National Scholarship Fund
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National Scholarship Fund for teachers


What for?

Deepen Specialist knowledge

Renew passion for teaching

Previous round for SEN

387 scholarships English, mathematics, science and Special Educational Needs (

Third Round

3rd Round

starts 8th April 2013

This round focuses on, English, mathematics, science, special educational needs and disabilities (SEN/D)

All applications onine, If can't online then 0370 000 2288 to discuss.

Deadline, s midnight on 25 April 2013.


Open to

who are currently employed by an eligible school / college. They must also be able to supply evidence of the support of their headteacher or employer., or members of the Institute for Learning (IFL) with QTLS,, teachers working in England with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Eligible Schools / Colleges

Maintained schools (including Special Schools)

Non-maintained Special Schools

City technology colleges


Free Schools

Pupil referral units (PRUs)

Sixth Form Colleges

NB: Local authority (LA) peripatetic (centrally employed) teachers with QTS will also be eligible, but they must secure the support of one school for their scholarship application.

Priority Subject Areas

Round 3 applications are invited from teachers wishing to enhance their specialist or subject knowledge in:, Maths, English, Science, Special educational needs and disabilities (SEN/D)

Eligible Activities

Up to you as a teacher to choose provider

With rider that, The only restrictions are that the activity should be related to improving specialist or subject knowledge in a designated priority subject area, and that the programme of study will be demonstrably intellectually rigorous and challenging. In many cases this will be demonstrated by the fact that the activity is at Master’s level or beyond. Some courses and seminars which do not lead to Master’s level credits are also eligible if the applicant provides a robust argument that they provide sufficient intellectual challenge.

Short Courses & Seminars, Short Courses - only one, Seminars - only one, Master's Level - only one, academically rigorous and challenging, enhance specialist or subject knowledge, a, applicants are able to demonstrate impact on pupils, colleagues, school or beyond

Longer Programmes, If you are planning to start a Master’s programme then the National Scholarship Fund can provide financial support (up to a maximum total of £3500) for one year i.e. until 31 March 2014., NB - Funding is not available to teachers who have already started their course or have completed some modules., The National Scholarship Fund is only available to applicants starting new courses or activities between September 2013 and August 2014., To incentivise teachers who wouldn't otherwise do this

Support of school / college, supporting statement from their headteacher or employer, demonstrate impact

T&C's, Refund if leaving before 3 years, Need to share their practice at conferences etc

Application Guidance

Important Notes

Must apply online

Complete all the application!

Deadline - midnight on 25 April 2013

Must be eligible - see eligibility

Applicants should ensure that spelling, punctuation and grammar are checked and of an appropriately high standard.

Applications must adhere to the word count.

Don't plagiarise - includes course info - must be contextualised to your situation

Successful applicants will be notified by 22 August 2013, Will be by email

No feedback on unsuccessful

Completing the Form

Gather all information before starting to fill in the form.

form cannot be saved and will need to be completed ‘in one sitting’

Need to have support from Gov and Headteacher, They will need to provide you with written text to insert into Part 4 of the form. It is recommended that you have their response (e.g. in a Word document) ready to cut and paste into the form.

The form

Part 1 Personal Details, Your Teacher Reference Number (TRN)* or final 7 digits of the Institute for, formerly known as your DfE number and in some cases may include a ‘/’. Please omit this character and submit only the seven numerical digits., Learning (IFL) membership number**, ** IfL Membership Number - If you do not have QTS, but are employed by an eligible school as a teacher and hold QTLS, then please enter your IfL membership number – but do not include the first letter. All IfL membership numbers start with A. Therefore, if your IfL number is AG 123456 please enter the final 7 digits i.e. G 123456. If your number is AA 246810 then enter A 246810., Your personal email address, Your school email address

Part 2 - The activity, The formal, accurate title of the planned course or activity, Name and address of the provider, The course code (if applicable), Start and end dates of the course/activity, Reference number, Course fees (estimated if necessary), Do not leave any part of this section blank. Incomplete applications will not be accepted

Part 3 - The Proposal, Key Bit of Proposal, read through all the sections carefully to ensure that there are no overlaps, repetition or gaps., 1. What is the nature of the professional development activity you wish to undertake?, Max 300 Words, Will the proposed activity deepen your specialist or subject knowledge? It is not possible to use scholarship funding to support studies which focus on improving pedagogy or leadership., Is the proposed activity rigorous and academically challenging? How can you demonstrate this?, What is the purpose of the activity i.e. have you identified the intended outcomes? What difference will undertaking the proposed activity make: for your career, in the classroom, for your colleagues and on the wider school system beyond your own place of work?, 2. How will your school/pupils benefit from the proposed professional development activity?, Max 200 Words, Applicants are expected to consider how their pupils and the wider school will benefit from their having undertaken the proposed activity. NB In addition to evidence supplied in this section, applicants will also need to provide a supporting statement from their headteacher or employer. This should provide evidence that the applicant has the support of their school and will be able to both complete the proposed activity and demonstrate impact, 3. How will you disseminate your learning beyond the school?, Max 200 Words, A key aim of the scholarship fund is to share knowledge across the school system so that the impact of the activity extends beyond the applicant’s school. Applicants must explain how this will be achieved., 4. How will you evaluate the impact of implementing actions associated with the proposed activity?, Max 200 Words, Having identified intended outcomes in section 1, how will you measure that these have been achieved?, 5. How will completion of the proposed benefit your career and practice in this priority area?, Max 200 Words, In this section you should consider your career goals and plans. How will this activity help you progress your career and/or improve the quality of your practice in the priority area?

Part 4 - Support from School or College, must be completed in full on behalf of the headteacher or Chair of Governors. Incomplete applications will not be accepted., Need evidence and impact, Statement of Support in up to 200 words, How will this development activity contribute to your school/college’s ability to meet the needs of your pupils?, Additional questions for the headteacher/Chair of Governors:, Does the applicant have the full support of the school?, Are you satisfied that impact evaluation measures are in place?, Will the applicant be assured of:, Appropriate protected time to access and complete the activity?, Appropriate access to learners to meet the requirements of the activity?, Access to internal and external networks to disseminate learning?, Access to school/college or external data to support research (provided that this complies with legislation and school/college policies)?

Link to PDF


Payment Process

value of the awards will vary according to the nature of the activity proposed

The maximum award is 50% of the total cost (i.e. course fees) of the proposed activity, up to a ceiling of £3500.

Applicants should also note that due to the highly competitive nature of the scholarship they should not undertake any commitments based solely on the possible success of their application.

The scholarship funding can only be used for the activity specified in the application form.

Applicants must cover 50% of the course fees, and will also be responsible for any additional costs such as travel and accommodation.

Applicants are required to provide factual information about the course or activity in the application form. If the actual cost of the activity is not yet available then the applicant must provide the best estimate based on consultation with the provider.

NB: The award will be based on the figure (and timescales) provided in theform. These cannot subsequently be changed.

Successful applicants will be provided with a sponsorship letter for presentation on enrolment.

Payments will be made directly to the provider of the course/activity.

The provider will be issued a grant agreement detailing the scholars who will be supported, their course/activity and the amount of their awards

Once the provider returns a signed copy of the grant agreement, the National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) will release the funds


1 Assessors report from previous round

2 Case Studies from round 2

3 Short Courses and Seminars