Research and analysis

The role scholarships play in graduate recruitment to initial teacher training (ITT)

Research to improve our understanding of the role that ITT scholarships play in recruiting graduates to teaching in shortage subjects.


The role scholarships play in graduate recruitment for initial teacher training (ITT)


This research was conducted by the National College for Teaching and Leadership in the summer of 2014.

The professional bodies for chemistry, mathematics, science and computing sent a survey to all scholarship applicants. The findings suggest that:

  • availability and interest of scholarships can turn an interest in teaching into an application for teacher training
  • for some the availability of scholarships is a hook into application for teacher training
  • some respondents cited the additional benefits offered by professional bodies as the reason for applying for a scholarship

The report provides evidence that scholarships are important in attracting applicants for teacher training.

Published 23 October 2014