Golden hellos

'Golden hello' payments of up to £5,000 area available to some new teachers, but the scheme is being phased out in England.

The Department for Education has announced the closure of the golden hello scheme in England for all trainees starting their initial teacher training (ITT) in the academic year 2011/12 and beyond.

Trainees who started their postgraduate initial teacher training (ITT) course before 1 August 2011 will continue to be able to make their application for the golden hello scheme under the current terms and conditions.

ITT providers should give eligible teachers a golden hello application form when they complete their ITT. For details, see:

Tuition grants in Wales

There is a reciprocal agreement between Wales and England under which each country makes available its teaching grant (known as a ‘golden hello’ in England) to teachers whether they qualified in one country or the other. The eligibility is that of the 'receiving' country. So in Wales, eligible teacher who trained in either Wales or England can receive a teaching grant, but must meet the Welsh Assembly Government’s eligibility criteria, and only for subject which are designated for teaching grant in Wales.

The teaching grants have detailed eligibility criteria and guidance published annually by the Welsh Assembly Government.

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