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Claim a payment for teaching maths or physics

Claim a maths and physics retention payment for the 2020 to 2021 academic year after tax (this may be subject to a small student loan deduction).

Applies to England

Applications have now closed for maths and physics teacher retention payments for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

You could claim until 28 January 2021 if you:

  • teach maths or physics
  • have a degree in maths or physics or completed initial teacher training in maths or physics - check which qualifications are eligible and how much you’ll receive on the eligibility and payment details page
  • teach at a state-funded secondary school in certain areas - check which areas are eligible on the eligibility and payment details page
  • have either qualified teacher status (QTS) or qualified teacher learning and skills (QTLS) status
  • completed your initial teacher training (ITT) course in or after the 2015 to 2016 academic year
  • are not currently subject to formal capability proceedings or disciplinary action

If you claimed your £2,000 retention payment in the 2019 to 2020 academic year, you will be required to reapply to claim your second retention payment for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

Before you apply

You’ll need:

  • your National Insurance number
  • your bank account details
  • your 7-digit teacher reference number - you can get this from your school, the certificate you got when you qualified, or by contacting the teacher qualifications helpdesk on 0207 593 5394 or qts.enquiries@education.gov.uk
  • the academic year in which you completed your initial teacher training - you can find this on your QTS certificate or through the teacher self-service website
  • your passport or photocard driving licence to prove your identity using GOV.UK Verify - if you’ve used GOV.UK Verify before, you’ll just need your sign-in details

More information

Email mathsphysicsteacherpayment@digital.education.gov.uk for more information.

Published 28 January 2020
Last updated 17 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Applications have now closed for maths and physics teacher retention payments for the 2020 to 2021 academic year.

  2. Added information about the claims window opening and a link to the claims service.

  3. Updated to show claim service is now closed until September 2020.

  4. Added a closing date for applications.

  5. First published.