Teaching Internship Scheme for Teaching

Status:  Open to applications

Application Deadline: 14 December 2018


Grants available for school-led partnerships to design and provide teaching internships targeted at undergraduate students in their penultimate year at university.
Minimum Value: £ 20,000

Value Notes

For the minimum cohort size of 10 interns, the grant funding would equate to £20,000.

The funding is for £500 per week, per student. Of this £500 per week:

  • £300 will be used to cover the intern's expenses
  • £200 will go directly to the school to cover co-ordination costs and overheads.

Extended Description

The Department for Education (DfE), along with the National College for Teaching and Leadership, is providing funding through this initiative to support teacher internships.

The aim of the scheme is to let science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) undergraduates experience mathematics or physics teaching before they commit to it as a career.

The programme will take place towards the end of the academic year and should last for four weeks. It should offer interns the chance to gain a deep experience of teaching and may include:

  • A combination of teaching, running science projects, offering intensive support for children who are struggling, and helping with experiments and laboratory work
  • Structured training, shadowing and lesson observation followed by a chance to jointly plan and deliver lessons
  • One-to-one mentors who are good or outstanding classroom teachers in their specialism
  • Opportunities to network with qualified subject specialists.

Schools will be expected to deliver the following outcomes:

  • A Teaching Internship programme targeted at penultimate year STEM undergraduates who could potentially teach maths or physics. The programme should offer interns the chance to gain a deep understanding of teaching
  • A recruitment strategy that will attract candidates in the target group to teach maths and physics
  • Post programme follow up to support and encourage interns to apply for teacher training
  • Dissemination of the findings from this project across the partnership, locality and the wider school-led system.

Latest Information

The deadline for applications is 14 December 2018 (5pm).                       

Key Criteria

Only school-led partnerships can apply for funding.

A school-led partnership could include a School Direct partnership or a partnership with an accredited school-centred initial teacher training provider (SCITT) or with a higher education institution (HEI).

Applications from accredited initial teacher training (ITT) providers will not be considered. This is because schools will be the ultimate employers of the participants. School partnerships can, however, choose to collaborate with an accredited provider to develop and deliver the programmes.

The partnership lead should submit the application as they will have overall responsibility for the budget. However, they should work in collaboration with partners to develop the proposals.

Applications should be for a minimum of 10 participants.

Eligible Expenditure

Funding can be used to cover the intern's expenses and for the school to cover co-ordination costs and overheads.


Applications from accredited initial teacher training (ITT) providers will not be considered.

Funding will not be provided for participants interested in teaching subjects other than mathematics or physics.

Application Procedure

Applications must be emailed to: ITT.RECRUITMENT@education.gov.uk by the deadline of 14 December 2018 (5pm).

Addresses and contacts

Application forms may be available to download their website.
Contact details:
Initial Teacher training recruitment
Department for Education (DFE)