The government announced yesterday (December 13th) that almost 700 teachers have been awarded scholarships as part of the £2 million scheme created earlier this year.
The Department for Education established the National Scholarship Fund as a way of assisting teachers in developing their skills, ability and subject knowledge.
Some 280 scholarships were awarded to people working in priority subject teaching jobs and a further 391 Special Education Needs (SEN) teachers found their applications had been successful.
Nearly 2,000 teachers submitted an application to the fund for a grant worth as much as £3,500.
Only qualified teachers were able to apply for the scholarships, which were awarded to those deemed to have the potential to become great teachers who would make profound contributions to the teaching profession.
While a budget of £2 million for the fund was announced for 2011/12, it is expected that a similar budget will be made available in the future.
Announcing the first round of awards, schools minister Nick Gibb said: "These scholarships, alongside our other reforms to improve teacher recruitment and training, will elevate the status of the teaching profession."
The scholarships will be used by most to develop their education, taking postgraduate qualifications to advance academically and deepen their subject knowledge.
Those in science, maths and English teaching jobs who submitted applications did so for a wide range of activities, from a Masters Degree in applied linguistics to a place at a summer school.
SEN teachers, meanwhile, were awarded scholarships for further studies such as a Masters of Education in Autism and a Masters Degree in special and inclusive education.
One maths teacher who was awarded a scholarship was Helen Clark from Emmanuel Holcombe CE Primary in Bury, Lancashire.
"I am very happy to learn that I have received a scholarship," she said.
"It will enable me to look at the progress being made by more able children in mathematics and particularly at their ability with mental maths and problem solving."
Posted by Charlotte Michaels