Five trainee teachers from the Midlands are celebrating after being awarded £2,000 each from the Wesleyan Foundation.
Wesleyan, a provider of specialist financial advice and solutions for teachers, launched their own teaching bursary in partnership with the Black Country Teaching Schools Collaborative (BCTSC), to support people looking to kickstart their careers in education.
The successful candidates, hailing from Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire, will be able to use the funds for ongoing tuition fees and equipment.
The winners – Georgie Louise Wilding, Arefa Ravat, Jessica Purewal, Tania Dixon and Amelia Wood - were chosen by a judging panel made up of Wesleyan representatives and members of the teaching profession.
Georgie Louise Wilding, winning recipient at Hales Valley Teaching School, Dudley, said: “Thanks to this bursary, I’ll not only be able to complete this training year successfully, but it’ll also allow me to look to the future and get a head-start on what I need for my NQT next year.
“With this money I’ll be able to worry far less about finances, and more about what actually matters – being the best teacher I can possibly be.”
Caroline Hill, chief people & strategy officer at Wesleyan, added: “We’ve always been committed to supporting teachers through every step of their careers, from their first lesson right through to retirement, and we are proud to support our five worthy winners, as they collect their bursary and start their teaching careers.
“Working with the Black Country Teaching Schools Collaborative, has been brilliant, and we look forward to supporting even more trainee teachers into the profession in years to come.”
The BCTSC is a partnership that brings together teaching alliances in the Black Country area to recruit trainee teachers in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire schools.
For more information about the bursary visit https://www.wesleyan.co.uk/cr/wesleyan-black-country-teaching-bursary