Bursaries and fees
We offer financial support to state-funded schools and colleges across England, including bursaries to support continuing professional development and curriculum delivery.
To find out more about financial support, please select an option below:
Funding and fees
Our online courses for key stages 1-4 are free to all teachers.
Face to face and remote courses are fully-funded or subsidised for teachers in state-funded education.
Teachers from state-funded schools or colleges
|Face to face or remote course||Fee||Bursary|
|Short or introductory course||Free||No|
|Computer Science Accelerator||Free||Yes|
|Secondary KS3 and KS4||£65 (free to CS Accelerator graduates in secondary state education)||No|
* For primary, bursary funding is available for one teacher per school in an academic year.
Course fees are payable upfront and the payment is separate from any bursary funding your school receives.
Trainee, supply and returning computer science teachers
Courses which are part of the Computer Science Accelerator are free to trainee teachers, supply teachers and returning computer science teachers.
Teachers from independent schools
£75 for short courses or a fee of £220 per full-day course is payable for independent schools for any of our face to face or remote courses.
Bursaries for schools and colleges
We offer bursaries to state-funded schools to enable teachers to participate in remote or face-to-face CPD during the school day. Bursaries are not available for sessions starting after 2:30pm.
Please note, only one bursary per state-funded school can be claimed in a given academic year.
Overview for state-funded schools:
|Course fee||£65 per day|
|Bursary (one teacher per school)||£220 per day|
Computer Science Accelerator
We offer bursaries to state-funded schools and colleges to enable teachers to participate in remote or face to face CPD during the school day. Bursaries are not available for sessions starting after 2:30pm.
Computer Science Accelerator bursaries are intended to support teachers from all subject backgrounds to develop their subject knowledge to teach GCSE Computer Science. There is no upper limit on the number of teachers from a single organisation that can take part in the programme but we reserve the right to withhold bursaries where it is determined that a school is training a large volume of teachers without the expectation that they teach computing.
|Bursary allocation for state-funded education||Bursary amounts||Bursary eligibility for Secondary schools and FE colleges per teacher||Bursary eligibility for Primary schools per teacher|
|Attend face to face or remote course (starting at or before 2:30pm)||£220 per course (up to £880)||Yes||Yes|
|Complete two courses (one to be remote or face to face)||£300 for classroom practice||Yes||See deferred bursaries criteria|
|Complete the programme and pass final test||£620||Yes||See deferred bursaries criteria|
|Total maximum bursary available||£1800||£880|
The £300 funding for classroom practice is for teachers who have completed two courses (one to be face to face or remote) to use for any of the following: purchasing resources; CPD; funding towards chartered status; kit for after-school club; supporting events/networking with local schools (CAS or Computing Hubs) and computer science related student trips.
Teachers who are not currently working in secondary state education may be eligible for a £920 deferred bursary once employment is gained in a state maintained school or college. Deferred bursaries must be claimed within the academic year of passing the CS Accelerator and achieving the subject knowledge certificate. A request for the bursary can be made on behalf of your new school as soon as you have accepted an offer of employment even if you are not starting until the following academic year.
The following teachers are eligible for deferred bursaries:
- Trainee teachers: can access all CS Accelerator courses for free and are eligible for the deferred bursary.
- Supply teachers: can access all CS Accelerator courses for free and are eligible for the deferred bursary.
- Returning teachers: teachers who are not currently working in a state-funded school or college but are looking for employment in state education can access all CSA courses for free and are eligible for the deferred bursary.
- Primary teachers: can access all CS Accelerator courses for free and claim up to £880 bursary funding for their current primary school to release them for training. They will be eligible for the deferred bursary if they move into secondary state-funded education.
If your school or college is eligible for bursary funding, this is usually paid within six to eight weeks of activity completion. If your organisation has not received funding from us previously, please complete this form and return to [email protected].
Support from subject matter experts
We offer fully-funded support from subject matter experts to help schools and colleges to improve their computing offer. Bursary funding is also available and payable to schools and colleges who meet the criteria below upon completion of an action plan. This is in addition to any funding we offer for professional development.
Subject matter expert (SME) support criteria:
|Criteria:||Your school or college will receive:|
|Are you yet to offer GCSE computer science, or are you considering reintroducing it?||• 2.5 days free consultancy and guidance
• £1400 bursary
• an additional £4000 bursary for schools/colleges who have not delivered GCSE computer science for an academic year or more and commit to delivering it the next academic year
|Are you considering dropping GCSE computer science?||• 1 day free consultancy and guidance
• £1400 bursary
|Have you started teaching GCSE computer science in the last 2 years?||• 1 day free consultancy and guidance
• no bursary
|Are you a primary or secondary school in Local Area Districts 5 or 6?||• 0.5 days free consultancy and guidance
• no bursary
If you meet the above criteria, discover the support that our local network can provide for your school/college.Access SME support
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