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Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

Across England there are school-led training options for graduates who want hands-on training in a school.

On a school-led training course, you’ll get the chance to learn on the job in at least two schools, learning from experienced colleagues and putting your new skills into practice from day one.

School-led courses generally last a year and result in the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Most courses include a Postgraduate Certificate In Education – or PGCE, which is likely to carry with it Master’s-level credits. You should check the exact details of individual courses on UCAS Teacher Training.

When it comes to choosing a school, it’s worth bearing in mind its location, so you can plan accordingly.

What is a SCITT?

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) is a school based post-graduate training route for teachers. This high quality school and centre based training is delivered by its partner schools and the SCITT so that to ensure that the trainees are prepared for a lifelong career in education. Many SCITTs also work in close partnerships with universities enabling trainee teachers to gain a PGCE alongside working towards Qualified Teacher Status.

During their school-based training, trainees are able to work alongside, and engage in professional dialogue, with effective practitioners who have the relevant and up to date knowledge of working in the classroom. SCITT partner schools will provide rich opportunities for trainees to observe effective teachers and school leadership in a range of settings.

What is a Teaching Apprenticeship?

The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme (TAP) is an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course which allows schools to recruit and train new staff or retrain and upskill current graduate staff in a cost-effective way.

Trainees achieve QTS and complete the Teaching Apprenticeship in 12 months, while staying employed and working in a school. This is a fee-free and salaried pathway for trainees in any secondary subject and in a primary or SEN setting. There is the possibility of completing the PGCE alongside this programme for any individual that wished to add this qualification.

The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme is an alternative to other more traditional PGCE pathways and is especially beneficial for those staff who can not access other routes to train, either because of financial implications or due to the lack of a bursary in their subject.

Schools enjoy generous *salary grant funding and the ability to utilise Apprenticeship Levy Funding to grow and retain their own talent or to attract new graduate talent to their school. Apprentice Teachers remain in school five days a week, are paid a minimum of Unqualified Point 1 whilst delivering a timetable. Trainees will have an in-school mentor and will collect evidence to meet the teacher standards, eQualitas provide the subject tutor who undertakes the termly review, QA and offers support and guidance to both trainee and mentor.

*Salary grants are available for shortage subjects (£15,000 for Chemistry, Physics, Maths and Computing and £1,000 for MFL and Classics) '

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