Funding and subsidies

We offer financial support to state-funded schools and colleges across England, including subsidies to support supply cover for continuing professional development and curriculum delivery.

To find out more about financial support, please select an option below:


Funding and fees

Our online courses for key stages 1-4 are free to all teachers.  

Face to face and remote courses are fully or part funded, for teachers in state-funded education.

Teachers from state-funded schools or colleges

Face to face or remote course Fee Subsidy
Short or introductory course Free No
Primary £65 Yes*
Computer Science Accelerator Free Yes
Secondary KS3 and KS4 £65 (free to CS Accelerator graduates in secondary state education) No

* For primary, funding is available for one teacher per school in an academic year.

Course fees are payable upfront and the payment is separate from any funding your school receives.

Trainee, supply and returning computer science teachers
Courses which are part of the Computer Science Accelerator are free to trainee teachers, supply teachers and returning computer science teachers.

Teachers from independent schools
£75 for short courses or a fee of £220 per full-day course is payable for independent schools for any of our face to face or remote courses.


Subsidies for schools and colleges

We offer subsidies to state-funded schools for supply cover to enable teachers to participate in remote or face-to-face CPD during the school day. This funding is subject to availability, and not available for sessions starting after 2:30pm.

Primary certificate

For our Primary certificate courses, funding can be claimed for one course in a given academic year per state-funded school.

Overview for state-funded schools:

Course fee £65 per day
Subsidy (one teacher per school) £220 per day

The maximum funding available per state-funded school is £440 (for a two-day course) in one academic year.

Computer Science Accelerator

Computer Science Accelerator subsidies are intended to support teachers from all subject backgrounds to develop their subject knowledge to teach GCSE Computer Science. The programme is for teachers who have the ambition to teach computing or are doing so already and we reserve the right to withhold funding where it is determined that a school is training a large cohort of teachers without the expectation that they teach computing.

Criteria eligibility Subsidy allocation (paid to state-funded schools and colleges)
Attend face-to-face or remote course (starting at or before 2:30 pm) £220 per course/ day of CPD (up to £880)
Complete the programme and pass final test £220
Total maximum funding available £1,100

Primary teachers who move into secondary state education while completing the programme will be eligible for funding for their new school or college.

Subsidy payment

If your school or college is eligible for funding, this is usually paid within six to eight weeks of activity completion. To claim a subsidy for your organisation, please complete this form and return it to finance@stem.org.uk.


Support from subject matter experts

We offer fully-funded support from subject matter experts through our network of Computing Hubs to help schools and colleges to improve computing education.

Subsidies are available to eligible schools and colleges to cover supply costs (see criteria below) upon completion of an action plan. This funding is subject to availability and is in addition to any financial support we offer for professional development.

Subject matter expert (SME) support criteria:

If you meet the above criteria, discover the support that our local network can provide for your school/college.

Criteria State-funded school or college eligibility
Are you not offering GCSE Computer Science and have not offered it for an academic year or more? • free consultancy and guidance from a subject matter expert (SME)
• £660 subsidy to cover teachers’ time to work with the SME
• £440 subsidy to fund additional planning days for schools/colleges who commit to delivering Computer Science GCSE in the 2023/24 academic year
Are you considering or at risk of dropping GCSE Computer Science?
• free consultancy and guidance from an SME
• £660 subsidy to cover teachers’ time to work with the SME
Have you started teaching GCSE Computer Science in the last 2 years? • free consultancy and guidance from an SME
• no subsidy
Are you a primary or secondary school in Local Area Districts 5 or 6? • free consultancy and guidance from an SME
• no subsidy
Access SME support

Not in local Districts 5 or 6?
Your local Computing Hub can help. Get in touch now.