Helen Ward

Denying postgrad loans to teachers ‘wastes cash’

Teachers should have access to flexible loans, experts say

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The government is “missing a trick” and wasting money by refusing flexible loans for teachers who want to top up their PGCEs to masters degrees, according to university teacher-training providers.

New postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are being introduced this autumn for potential students in any subject who want to study for a masters degree.

But the loans – to pay for tuition fees and living costs – are available only to those enrolling for an entire masters degree.

There is nothing available for those who already have masters-level credits through a postgraduate course, such as a PGCE ...

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