The Salaried Route

For those with experience and a desire for real challenge

If you’ve got significant experience of teaching secondary school age children and are ready for high levels of responsibility from the outset, then the salaried route might be for you. You’ll earn a salary whilst you train and there are salary uplift bonuses available for certain subjects.

On this route, we would expect our participants to be comfortable getting stuck in from the very beginning, teaching up to 90% of a qualified teacher’s workload from the start.

Instead of a bursary, you will receive a salary in your training year and throughout your time on the programme. Participants training to teach maths and physics will be awarded a salary uplift in Years 1 and 2 of the programme. This is paid by the Department for Education to recognise the acute need for this expertise in schools.

For a more gradual introduction to teaching that doesn’t require any previous experience, read more about our other route, the bursary route, here.

You can read more on the salaried programme below - just click the links

How much is the salary and do I pay tuition fees?

The Department for Education announces the exact teacher pay scales for unqualified teachers each year and you can find out more here. As an indication, the minimum salaries for teachers in Year 1 of the programme are currently:

Inner London – £22,237
Outer London – £21,004
London Fringe – £18,844
National  (Rest of England) – £17,682

As a RIS participant, in Year 2 of the programme you will be paid at least level 1 of the main teacher payscale and at least level 2 of the main teacher pay scale in Year 3. You can view the current teacher pay scales here.

Tuition fees are not payable on the salaried route. You can express a preference for this route but a decision on your suitability will be made by us during the application process.

For further information on salaries, please visit the Teachers’ Salaries page of the the Department for Education’s website.

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What is the Salary Uplift and how much is it?

Maths and physics participants on the salaried route receive a salary uplift in addition to their base salary. The salary uplift is funded by the Department for Education as part of the Maths and Physics Chairs programme and is paid for the first two years of the programme: £13,000 paid across Year 1 and £10,000 paid across Year 2.

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How does my location affect my salary?

How much you are paid varies according to the location of your placement school. The Department for Education defines the four regions as Inner London, Outer London, London Fringe and National. Please find below a definition of these areas (please note: any regions not mentioned in the lists below fall in the ‘national’ category).

Inner London

The area comprising the London boroughs of:

Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Camden, City of London, Ealing, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith and Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster.

Outer London

The area comprising the London boroughs of:

Barnet, Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Enfield, Harrow, Havering, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston-upon-Thames, Redbridge, Richmond-upon-Thames, Sutton and Waltham Forest.

London Fringe

in Berkshire – the districts of Bracknell Forest, Slough, and Windsor and Maidenhead;
in Buckinghamshire – the districts of South Buckinghamshire and Chiltern;
in Essex – the districts of Basildon, Brentwood, Epping Forest, Harlow and Thurrock;
in Hertfordshire – the districts of Broxbourne, Dacorum, East Hertfordshire, Hertsmere, St Albans, Three Rivers, Watford and Welwyn Hatfield;
in Kent – the districts of Dartford and Sevenoaks;
in Surrey – the whole county; and
in West Sussex – the district of Crawley.

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What will I cover in my training?

Read more about what you’ll cover on the RIS programme in our programme overview.

Programme Overview


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"The RIS programme offers a stimulating, unique and rewarding teacher training route"
Olayinka Oladiran 2018 cohort
Olayinka Oladiran

Sir William Ramsay School, High Wycombe