Eligible chemistry, languages, mathematics and physics teachers can now apply for early-career payments.
Applies to England
Claim an early-career payment
Apply to claim an early-career payment. You need to apply before 31 March 2024. You can also set up a reminder to apply for a payment in the future.
When to apply and payments
You need to apply at different times depending on:
- the subject you teach
- in which academic year your initial teacher training (ITT) course started (postgraduate) or finished (undergraduate)
You can apply from September in the 2023 to 2024 and 2024 to 2025 academic years.
You may also be entitled to an uplift payment.
Early career payment amounts depend on when your ITT course started (postgraduate) or finished (undergraduate)
|Subject||ITT course start or finish||Academic years in which to apply||Amount|
|Mathematics||2018 to 2019||2023||£5,000|
|Mathematics||2019 to 2020||2024||£5,000|
|Mathematics||2020 to 2021||2023 and 2024||£2,000|
|Physics||2020 to 2021||2023 and 2024||£2,000|
|Chemistry||2020 to 2021||2023 and 2024||£2,000|
|Languages||2020 to 2021||2023 and 2024||£2,000|
The academic year runs from 1 September to 31 August.
You must meet the eligibility criteria to be able to claim any additional payments.
From 25 September 2023 to 31 March 2024, you will be able to answer some questions to find out what additional payments you are eligible to claim. Even if you are eligible to claim more than one type of additional payment, you will only be able to claim one such payment per academic year.
You will be eligible if you started a postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) course or completed an undergraduate ITT course in the following subjects and academic years:
- mathematics in the 2018 to 2019, 2019 to 2020, or 2020 to 2021 academic year
- physics, chemistry and languages in the 2020 to 2021 academic year
Postgraduate ITT includes:
- university-led and school-led courses, such as the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
- School Direct ITT
- School Centred ITT (SCITT)
- Teach First
- Postgraduate teaching apprenticeship
Undergraduate ITT includes:
- Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with qualified teacher status (QTS)
- Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with QTS
If you were awarded QTS through assessment only or overseas recognition in the 2018 to 2019, 2019 to 2020, or 2020 to 2021 academic years, you will also be eligible.
A list ofis available.
QTS and QTLS
You must have either:
- qualified teacher learning and skills (QTLS) status and membership of the Society for Education and Training (SET)
You must be employed as a teacher in a state-funded secondary school (or middle-deemed secondary school) in England when you apply for the payment. These include:
- local authority-maintained schools
- academies, free schools or multi-academy trusts
- local-authority-maintained or non-maintained special schools
You must have:
- started your induction before applying for your first early-career payment
- completed your induction before applying for subsequent early-career payments (or completed at least one year of your induction if you completed your ITT in the 2020 to 2021 academic year)
- spent at least 50% of your contracted hours allocated to teaching one or more of the eligible subjects at the time of the application
Supply, independent school and sixth-form college teachers
If you are a supply teacher, you must:
- be employed directly by the school to be eligible
- have been working for at least one term before applying
If you are employed by a private supply-teaching agency or teach in an independent school or sixth-form college, you are not eligible.
If you are a part-time teacher, you are eligible for the same early-career payment amounts as a full-time teacher.
You still need to meet all of the eligibility criteria.
Breaks in teaching
You are allowed to have some breaks in your normal employment. These include:
- sickness, maternity, paternity, parental or adoption leave
- annual leave
- time between unfair dismissal and being reinstated
- military service – for example, with a reserve force
- temporary lay-offs
You must not currently be subject to any:
- formal performance measures as a result of continuous poor teaching standards
- disciplinary action
Local authorities with uplift payments
You will need to be teaching in an uplift area at the time you apply to be eligible for an uplift payment.
All payments of £5,000 increase to £7,500 in an uplift payment area.
All payments of £2,000 increase to £3,000 in an uplift payment area.
The local authorities are:
- Bracknell Forest
- East Riding of Yorkshire
- Isle of Wight
- Kingston Upon Hull, City of
- Milton Keynes
- North Lincolnshire
- St Helens
- Telford and Wrekin
Payments and deductions
Number of payments
The Department for Education (DfE) makes the payment in one lump sum.
You can only claim one additional payment in each academic year, even if you are eligible for more than one type of additional payment.
For example, if you are eligible for both the levelling up premium and early-career payments, you can only claim one of these additional payments in the same academic year.
However, if you are eligible to claim back your student loan repayments, you will be able to claim this as well as a levelling up premium payment or early-career payment.
Taxable income and National Insurance
DfE will pay Income Tax up to basic rate (currently income of £12,571 to £50,270, taxed at a rate of 20%) and National Insurance for the payment on your behalf.
If you become or already are a higher rate taxpayer, any additional Income Tax and National Insurance contributions for this payment over the higher rate will remain your responsibility. The higher rate is currently income of £50,271 to £125,140, taxed at a rate of 40%.
DfE is not liable to reimburse tax at the higher rate.
You can review the tax bands on Income Tax rates and personal allowances.
The payment is not part of your salary from your employer. You, your employer or the government will not contribute to your pension as part of this payment.
You should consider any other benefits or tax credits that could be affected if you claim this payment.
Student loan deductions
If you have a student loan, a deduction will go towards repaying it. This is taken off your payment automatically.
For any queries about early-career payments, email firstname.lastname@example.org.