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Teaching internship scheme: summer 2019

How to apply for funding to provide for teaching internships.

Applications for summer 2019 teaching internships are now closed.


Grants are available for school-led partnerships to design and provide teaching internships targeted at undergraduate students in their penultimate year at university.

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.

Schools are invited to apply for funding to provide opportunities in summer 2019.

Funding is for this cohort only. Future funding depends on the success of the scheme, including viability and sustainability.

Who can apply

Only school-led partnerships can apply for funding.

This 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 ITT 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.

If you do not have the capacity to attract 10 STEM undergraduates, contact other schools or partnerships in your area. They may be interested in submitting a joint application with you.

Provider events

Successful applicants will be expected to attend an introductory event in January or early February 2019 with the Department for Education (DfE).

Programme recruitment

Your partnership should:

  • aim to recruit at least 10 undergraduates to your programme
  • lead on delivery and placing interns in schools
  • develop and use links with local universities to access and recruit participants

The number of places you request for the programme should be realistic and reflect your training capacity and recruitment audience.

You should base your programme development on a minimum of 10 trainees in mathematics and physics combined. If you can recruit more participants, you should indicate this in your application.

Programme design

The programme will take place towards the end of the academic year and should last for 4 weeks.

The programme 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

We expect the design of the programme to include measures to support and encourage interns to apply for teacher training. This may include:

  • continued contact with their mentor
  • support for the intern to make an application through UCAS or Teach First if appropriate and undertake their skills tests
  • guarantee of an interview for any ITT places that they apply for at your partnership

All interns should register with Get into Teaching so they can get additional support.


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

Funding will be paid through a grant funding agreement which will need to be agreed and signed by all successful bidders.

The funding does not cover costs or expenses incurred in preparing your bid.

If you are successful in your application, you will commence the scheme in 2019. The grant will be available until 31 August 2019.

Marketing spend

As part of the Government’s commitment to efficiency controls, you should be aware that there are restrictions on all paid-for communications, marketing and digital activities. Any items that fall within the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency Controls guidance should be clearly outlined in the projected costs section of the request to deliver template. We do not expect this to be a significant portion of the grant, and any marketing spend will need specific prior DfE approval and will then have to be agreed with the Cabinet Office through a Professional Assurance (PASS) application form. The controls relating to communications and marketing activity include printing, publications, events and public relations (PR).

Although paid-for marketing activities are restricted under grant funding guidelines, our support and marketing resources are freely available to all lead schools. These include the marketing resource bank (which offers new ready-made and adaptable marketing materials such as posters, parent letters, flyers and outdoor banners), participation at train to teach events, and online seminars offering recruitment advice and guidance


You should indicate in your application if any irrecoverable VAT is applicable, and if so, include VAT separately in all costings as the full grant is inclusive of VAT.

Assurance and value for money

All successful applicants will be required to submit a ‘certificate of expenditure (which is outlined in annex G of the grant funding agreement) at the end of the grant cycle as assurance of expenditure.

Payments will be staged and subject to assurance that programmes are developed and recruitment is progressing to support viable programmes.

Funding will not be provided for participants interested in teaching subjects other than mathematics or physics, however, you may wish to indicate in your application if you intend to offer internship placements in other subjects in the ‘Quality assurance, evaluation and value for money’ section of the application.

If your partnership is also in receipt of DfE grant funding to develop other STEM programmes, we expect your application to consider where you can make efficiencies to achieve value for money.

Reporting and evaluation

You must submit progress reports, on the template provided as part of your grant agreement, in order to process payments.

You must also comply with all obligations and requests from DfE relating to participant data including retention of evidence confirming identities. A standard data set of management information that we expect you to collect from applicants will be issued upon successful award of any grant funding.

You will be required to share the learning from the programme with other schools, universities and ITT providers.


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Published 18 March 2015
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