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Teachers: Training

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what the average (a) training and (b) student support cost of training a primary school teacher was in the most recent period for which figures are available. (229019)

Training costs for primary teacher trainees vary depending on the training route, the location of the training and the type of course. Full details for the academic year 2008-09 are available in the Training and Development Agency for Schools funding manuals, copies of which are available at

http://www.tda.gov.uk/upload/resources/pdf/m/minastream fundmanua10809.pdf

for mainstream and

http://www.tda.gov.uk.upload/resources/pdf/e/ebittfunding manual0809.pdf

for employment-based initial teacher training.

Since 2006-07, students entering undergraduate teacher training courses PGCE courses have been required to pay their tuition fees (up to £3,145 in 2008-09). They are eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the fee charged, and are also eligible for a partially means-tested maintenance grant (up to £2,835 in 2008-09) and a partially means-tested maintenance loan (up to £4,625 for students living away from home and studying outside London). £4,000 training bursaries are also payable to eligible trainees following primary postgraduate mainstream courses. The bursary is not payable to trainees on undergraduate or employment-based training routes.