Funding is to be made available by the Department for Education (DfE) to help special needs teachers develop their knowledge and skills.
The National Scholarship Fund is handing out £950,000 to 514 successful applicants and it means £3.7 million has given out in the past three years. The money is to be used to further the professional development of the educators.
It forms part of the government's commitment to helping those in teaching jobs continually improve, with the hope this will benefit education as a whole.
Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching Leadership, said: "A teaching profession that values continuing professional development is crucial to raising standards in our schools. These scholarships - alongside our wider educational reforms - will help deliver our objective of raising the status of teachers."
In total, 514 teachers have received funding, with around 80 per cent of them (416) working in the special educational needs (SEN) sector.
SEN teachers and support staff are going to use the money to study a variety of courses, including an Advanced Certificate in Special Education: Autism (Children) and MA Specific Learning Difficulties - Dyslexia.
On top of this, 98 English, maths and science teachers successfully met the set criteria and so they will receive up to £3,500 each in order to develop their skills by studying the following courses; a Post-Graduate Certificate in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Master of Education (Applied Linguistics) and MA Educational Innovation with a Specialism in Mathematics.
In order to ensure the most worthy received funding, there was a stringent assessment process. An expert panel of eminent educationalists was also put together to act as the final ratification of the scheme in order to offer an "extra layer of quality assurance".
Regionally, London (105 teachers) received the most awards, followed by east England (73), the south-east (65) and the south-west (64).
Posted by Theo Foulds