FE funding: initial teacher education (ITE), academic year 2020 to 2021

Funding guidance for further education (FE) organisations and ITE providers for 2020 to 2021 to help train FE teachers.



Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

The dates for which prior qualifications must be in place to be eligible have changed. Read the updated manuals for further details.

The bursary manual is for providers offering pre-service ITE courses. It sets out the scope, eligibility criteria and details for the 2020 to 2021 academic year ITE bursaries offer.

The grants manual is for ESFA-funded FE providers who will employ individuals starting in-service ITE programmes in the 2020 to 2021 academic year. It sets out the scope, eligibility criteria and details for the ITE grants offer.

You can apply from 1 March. Send your completed claim form to

Published 11 February 2020
Last updated 22 October 2020 + show all updates
  1. Update to grant and bursary funding manuals to explain changes in eligibility and information about changes to the number of grants and bursaries being offered.

  2. Updated manuals and claim forms with information about amended eligibility criteria due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

  3. Added the bursary and grant claim forms. Amended the funding manuals to add information about trainees who were recruited onto in-scope courses before the bursaries/grants were announced.

  4. First published.