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Funding Given To The School

The West London Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) gives money to every school that successfully recruits a trainee with us. You would be referred to as the host school and this money is given to you during the training year.

There is no financial cost to you for requesting a place and no cost throughout the recruitment year, despite the work that we will be doing on your behalf at that time.  There is no financial pressure on you to recruit for the sake of it.  We want you to recruit quality trainees and if you fail to find a candidate of suitable quality you will have lost nothing. You could ask us to close your programme and you would have incurred no financial cost.

WLTSA levies a fee for every trainee that is successfully recruited because we do have to remain financially sustainable (our costs relate mostly to staff salaries but we also have separate auditing fees, some limited marketing costs promoting your programmes, etc). This WLTSA fee however never comes from your school budget. It comes from money that we receive from the university for unsalaried trainees and from the funding we receive from the EFA for salaried trainees. We pass the remainder of any monies received to you.

The amount of money that we pass to you varies depending on the type of place that you choose (salaried or unsalaried) , the university that you wish to partner with, and (for salaried programmes) the subject that you request. 



For unsalaried programmes, the candidate pays a tuition fees to the university (usually £9,250) and for many subjects, candidates can receive a tax free DfE bursary. Bursaries for the government’s priority subjects can be substantial – in many cases higher than an unqualified teacher’s salary.

A proportion of the tuition fee money received by the university is passed to WLTSA in the training year, but the amounts vary considerably by university.  We recommend specific universities for specific subjects, see subjects list in separate tab

WLTSA retains its £850 fee and a £25 UCAS capitation fee but the remainder of the money is passed on to the host school. For programmes partnered with:                                                                                                                       

  • St Mary's, the host school receives £2,125
  • Roehampton, the school receives £1,125                                                                                                                           
  • UCL (IOE), the school receives £1,125



On the salaried programme, schools employ the candidate in the training year but the salary is subsidised from the Teaching School. The Teaching School receives funding from the Educational Funding Agency (EFA) and retains the WLTSA fee from this and also uses it to pay the university tuition fees.  The remainder of the money is passed to the host school.

To calculate the residual cost to your school of having a salaried trainee you first need to check the EFA funding level for the relevant subject from the table below (assuming your school is in Inner London) then

  • deduct £850 WLTSA fee and £25 UCAS fee which we retain
  • deduct the relevant university fee (shown later below) which we pay
  • deduct the salary and on-costs that you pay  (see later below).

You may be surprised that the residual cost to the school for a salaried trainee in priority subjects such as Physics and Maths is less than you expect because of the scale of EFA funding.

EFA Funding Received by WLTSA

EFA funding levels for 2018-19 are unlikely to be published until late Sept 2017 (wee after the deadline for requesting salaried places).  The figures below still relate to 2017-18. You can always pull out if you need to, when we confirm the 2018-19 figures to you next academic year.

EFA Funding 2017-18 Cohort, Inner London

Chemistry, Classics, Computing, Mathematics, Languages & Physics


English, Biology, D&T, Geography, History, Music and RE


Other, such as PE



University QTS Fees for 2018-19 programmes

St Mary’s:  £3,000

UCL:          £4,550

Trainee salaries

Host schools pays the trainee a salary for the duration of the training programme you are not allowed to pay less than the lowest notch on the unqualified teacher pay range.For 2016-17 in Inner London that equates to £20,700 (say about £26,000 with on-costs).