You’ve Been Awarded a Scholarship – Now What?

We’ve been holding assessment centres since February of this year, and we’re pleased to announce that the first scholarships for the academic year 2018/19 have been awarded – congratulations to all those who have been successful, your journey as a scholar starts here!

It might seem like a long time until you actually start you ITT placement, but it’s actually not that long (time has a habit of flying by when you’re busy!)  To make sure that you can access all the benefits of being a scholar, the first thing you need to do is make sure that we receive your reference.  We’ll let you know if we don’t receive one and need an alternative suggesting but please work with us to make sure the reference is sent to us.

Another element to accessing the Scholarship is you achieve a place on an ITT course.  We really need you to confirm your ITT place or we won’t be able to inform the Department for Education that you’re eligible for the Scholarship.  Once you have had your place confirmed, don’t forget to email us at scholarships@ima.org.uk 

On the topic of staying in touch, we want and need to stay in contact with you.  If you’re at university you might have used a university e-mail, or given us a term time address.  It’s really important that you keep your contact details up to date or you will miss out on important information and certificates.  Why not update your e-mail address to a non-university one now, and put in a reminder to tell us when you leave your current accommodation?

Another great way to stay in contact with us, to learn about the events we run and see what our current scholars are up to is through social media.  If you’ve not already now is a great time to connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Why not tell others that you’ve been awarded a scholarship and share the good news?  We’d love to hear from you and get your help in spreading the word about the scheme.

One other way in which you can start to engage with and support the scheme would be by writing a blog about your experience of the application process, assessment centre or why you decided to become a teacher.  Although we provide as much information as possible, there is nothing like reading about the experience others have had.  We don’t need the blog to be huge – as much (or as little) as you like, or if you’d rather why not make a short video on your mobile phone (nothing longer than 90 seconds) and just e-mail it into the scholarships team.  If you need some inspiration for your blog or video, just have a good look around this website – there are lots of Scholars blogs about events, ITT courses and life being a trainee teacher.  

Whilst there are lots of opportunities to engage with the scheme, there is just one aspect with which we need to ask for your patience.  As part of the scholarship package you will receive membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, The Royal Statistical Society, The London Mathematical Society, The Mathematical AssociationMathematics in Education and Industry and The National STEM Learning Centre.  In time we will send you a joint membership form to fill in to gain your free membership.  Please don’t try and apply for membership now, you will be charged. 

All that is left for us to say is keep working hard at whatever your current role is, whether it be studying, working or doing both but also try and get some rest over the summer.  Come September 2019, you’re going to be really busy!