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Scholarships awarded to teachers

Hundreds of teachers who applied to a scholarship fund to help further their education and deepen their subject knowledge have found out they have been shortlisted for the funding.

The Government has revealed the successful applicants, who were all eager to be part of the new National Scholarship Fund for Teachers, who have received funding worth up to £3,500 each.

The Coalition Government said the fund's aim was to "develop a strong culture of professional development where more teachers acquire postgraduate qualifications and make further academic progress".

The first successful bids were given to 280 teachers working in priority subjects like English, maths and science and 391 were given to special education needs teachers.

Schools minister Nick Gibb said: "These scholarships have been awarded to teachers who have the potential to make a significant contribution to the country's intellectual heritage through the acquisition of deeper subject knowledge."

Around 2,000 teachers applied for the new scheme.

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