What Will The Scholarship Be In 2018/19?

The initial teacher training financial incentives for 2018/19 have been released and it’s great news for the maths teacher training scholarship scheme.  We will continue to look for candidates who want to be inspirational maths teachers and pass on their passion for maths.  Those who will be the teachers that are remembered for all the right reasons.  

In a change to previous years, a new pilot has been announced for maths trainee teachers in which some of the scholarship bursary is offered as a retention incentive.  What this means in practical terms is that the scholarship bursary for those training to teach maths will be £22,000 during your ITT course.  Once qualified, you could be eligible for two additional early-career payments of £5,000 each (£7,500 if teaching in specified areas of England) in your third and fifth year of teaching, if you have taught in state-funded schools in England since completing your teacher training course.  The early-career payments values are after tax, so you will receive the full amount shown above.

As in previous years, the scholarships scheme will continue to offer a broad ranging non-financial support package, including:

Two years membership of the IMA, RSS, LMS, MEI and The MA
Free or reduced rates to a range of journals
Free or reduced rate attendance at a range of conference and training events
Membership of our active maths teachers community and opportunity to contribute to maths education policy
Access to professional library and online resources including free access to MEI’s extensive online maths teaching and learning resources on their ‘integral’ website
Continual Professional Development events including:
A celebration workshop with a focus on developing skills for immediate use when term starts
Super visit – previous visits include the Winton Gallery at the National Science Museum and this year we are going to Bletchley Park
Workshops on developing deeper mathematics skills and networking with our scholar alumni
Visits to the National STEM Learning Centre
Workshops on preparing to become an NQT

Why have early-career payments been introduced and where will the uplifted payments be based?

The new style of scholarships with the early career payments have been piloted by NCTL to test if this approach results in better teacher retention.  If eligible, early-career payments of £5,000 or £7,500 if teaching in specified areas of England will be made after tax, so this is the amount which could be paid in the third and fifth year of your teaching career, providing you have taught in state-funded schools in England since completing your teacher training course.  The payments will be paid by the school you are teaching at and they will claim the funding from the Department for Education.

Teachers will be eligible for the uplifted early career payments of £7,500 rather than £5,000 if you are teaching in a state-funded school in one of the following local authorities at the time of the payments;



Isle of Wight




Kingston Upon Hull, City of


St Helens




Stoke On Trent

Bracknell Forest











Telford and Wrekin









East Riding of Yorkshire

Milton Keynes




North Lancashire



Teachers will receive the uplifted early-career payments if they are teaching in an eligible local authority at the time of the payments.  Any teacher in England who meets the eligibility criteria, but who is not teaching in one of the eligible  local authorities at the time of the payment will receive £5,000 instead of £7,500.

Have any changes been made to the maths scholarship application process?

The short answer to this is no.  Applications will open on the 16th October and we will let you know when the portal opens across our social media channels and on this website.  If you are thinking about applying for a scholarship this year, you need to remember two key points:

Last year saw our highest ever number of applications and we had to shut the scheme early – if you are interested in applying, get your application in early as once all our assessment centres are full, we will close
Most of our applications are rejected at application due to the personal statement submitted – spend time on your personal statement, it is a critical part in deciding if you will be offered a place at an assessment centre.  

Teaching is an incredibly rewarding career.  If you are thinking about training to teach, and have a passion for mathematics then why not apply for the scholarship scheme?  If you’ve got any questions, we’d love to hear from you at scholarships@ima.org.uk