This is a time-limited opportunity for support staff working with pupils with SEN and disability (SEN/D) to apply to the Teaching Agency for funding to support their professional development. The aims of the scholarship are to:

  • Foster high expectations of those working to support disabled pupils and pupils with SEN in the classroom
  • Strengthen knowledge and understanding of SEN and disability, both in support staff and across the school
  • Open up career opportunities for SEN support staff and enable them to have more control of their careers
  • Share learning, knowledge and expertise across the school system
  • Bring about a culture change to create expectations within the sector about the importance of scholarship throughout a support staff’s career

The Scholarship fund is only available for applicants starting new courses or activities between September 2012 and August 2013. The fund is able to support 50% of the cost of your study programme and up to a maximum of £2000.

Support staff are free to choose their preferred course and provider that best suits their needs however the activity should deepen your knowledge of SEN/D and enhance your ability to provide effective support to the teaching and learning of pupils with SEN/D.

Eligibility criteria:
To be eligible to apply for the SEN Support Scholarship you must meet ALL the criteria below:

  • Work in an eligible school in England*
  • Spend at least 50% of your contracted time supporting disabled pupils and pupils with SEN in learning based activities
  • Have achieved qualifications equivalent to, at least, full level 3 or hold Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

*Eligible schools:
Maintained schools (including special schools)
Non-maintained special schools
City technology colleges
Free schools
Pupil referral units (PRUs)

Applications open on 30th April. Applications must be made online at and completed by midnight on 17th May 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by 24th August.

Edge Hill programmes linked to the SEN Support Scholarship are:

For more information or for support in preparing and completing your application for funding please contact Tim Rutter (Assistant Head of PD) at: