Employment Based Initial Teacher Training: Graduate and Registered Teacher Programme
Graduate: One year full-time
Undergraduate: Two years part-time
Canterbury Christ Church University is an Accredited Provider for the following Graduate and Registered Training Programmes which are all employment based routes into teaching:
- Salary and Training Grant Training Programme
- Training Grant Only Programme
- Overseas Trained Teacher Programme
- Registered Teacher Programme
This portfolio of Programmes all lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). They are designed for individuals who are best-suited to employment training, who are unable to return to full-time study due to personal commitments, or who are already employed as unqualified teachers. The programmes also allow those who have gained valuable experience in previous professions to bring their various skills into teaching. Employment based initial teacher training provide a flexible and individualised training route for those wishing to be employed in a school during the training period.
For the GTP both schools and trainees apply to be on the programme independently of each other. For secondary GTP the school applies for subject allocations - once these allocations are given the prospective trainee has to contact the school for an interview. The school, as the training provider demonstrates its commitment and capacity to meet the requirements of delivering employment based training and completes an application within the timescales set out by the University. The University works very closely with the schools providing employment based training and seeks to ensure that trainee’s individual needs and circumstances are fully taken into account when devising an individual training plan on an employment based initial teacher training route. Further details about the University’s employment based training provision can be found here.
GTP (Graduate Training Programme)
Trainees are employed by a school as a supernumerary unqualified teacher, and are supported by a salary grant from the Training and Development Agency for Schools. The school assumes responsibility for training, supplemented by a number of taught days provided by the University. The University monitors the training and acts as the Accredited Recommending Body (ARB) for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. This programme is available for those wishing to train from Early Years to Post-16. All Trainees are required to train in two consecutive key stages ranging from Early Years to Post-16, and to gain experience in a contrasting second school. Maintained Primary, Secondary and Special Schools as well as Independent Schools can apply to train a teacher as part of the scheme, although Independent Schools do not receive a grant and thus self finance a trainee on the programme. The University is allocated a number of training places and schools are invited to make an application. The University makes a judgement on each school application based on the school’s ability to meet the requirements of delivering an employment based training programme. Schools initially select and interview applicants that they wish to train. All applicants then have a subsequent University interview.
Secondary applicants apply directly to the school and are interviewed initially by the school and subsequently interviewed by the University. Primary applicants initially apply to the University and are interviewed and if successful are given a list of primary schools to apply to and be subsequently interviewed.
GTPLUS (GRADUATE TRAINING PROGRAMME PLUS)
GTPlus is an employment based route into secondary teaching for graduates in Maths, Science and Design & Technology. It follows a similar pattern to the Graduate Teacher Programme, but with additional subject specific training and support that continues into the NQT year.
TRAINING GRANT ONLY PROGRAMME
This programme is open to schools who are employing unqualified secondary school teachers to cover an existing school vacancy. The programme is appropriate for unqualified teachers who are able to demonstrate significant and relevant teaching experience but who do not have Qualified Teacher Status. Schools employing an unqualified teacher are invited to apply to the University for a place on this programme.
All applicants will be interviewed by the University to ensure that they meet the entry requirements in relation to teaching experience.
REGISTERED TEACHER PROGRAMME
The Registered Teacher Programme provides an opportunity to train for Qualified Teacher Status while completing a degree. This is a two year programme intended for those who are already working in schools as unqualified teachers. The requirements for entry are 240 credits at level 4 and 5, equivalent to two years of study in Higher Education usually consisting of a Certificate Course and a further year to HND level (120 points each). Thus, Registered Teachers are engaged in academic study for the final 120 credits at Level 6 for their degree alongside fulfilling the University’s requirements of the programme.
OVERSEAS TRAINED TEACHERS PROGRAMME
The Overseas Trained Teacher Programme is intended for Primary and Secondary teachers with an overseas teaching qualification to attain Qualified Teacher Status in the U.K. Applicants must hold a teaching qualification gained outside the European Union and must have been employed as a full time teacher in a maintained or independent school for at least six months.
Teachers qualified in countries who are members of the European Economic Community should contact the General Teaching Council directly to enquire about the arrangements for the award of QTS.
Applicants who obtained their qualifications overseas, or who are unsure of the credits obtained for their qualifications, need to contact the NARIC organisation to have them accredited.
The Graduate and Registered Teacher Programmes are funded by the Teaching and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), and administered through Canterbury Christ Church University as the Accredited Recommending Body. The TDA allocates a fixed number of places to Recommending Bodies each academic year. Schools apply for places and the University selects those that can offer Trainees a quality training experience. The following grants are available:
SALARY GRANT (PRIMARY AND SECONDARY GTP)
A salary grant is awarded to schools to support the employment of a Graduate Trainee as an unqualified teacher. Schools are required to fund costs in excess of this amount (employers’ on-costs at 22% are about £3,200). To access a salary grant, the Trainee must meet all the entry requirements of the GTP and must be employed in the school as a supernumerary unqualified teacher at a minimum of Point 1 on the Unqualified Teacher Scale.
Salary Grant payments are made to schools by CCCU in three tranches, in December, March and July.
TRAINING GRANT (SECONDARY GTP)
If a Trainee is employed to fill a vacancy in a secondary school, the school may apply for a Training Grant place. In this case, the school meets the full employment costs of the Trainee, in accordance with the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions document.
REGISTERED TEACHER TRAINING GRANT (PRIMARY AND SECONDARY RTP)
The Registered Teacher Programme is supported by a TDA Training Grant. The school meets the full employment costs for the two years of training.
GTPlus (SECONDARY MATHS, DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE)
The funding arrangements are as for the GTP Salary Grant, described above.
OVERSEAS TRAINED TEACHER PROGRAMME (PRIMARY AND SECONDARY)
The school meets the full employment costs of the Trainee, and any training costs that are incurred. The TDA funds the final assessment of Overseas Trained Teachers by staff of Canterbury Christ Church University at the end of the Programme.
Independent Schools are not eligible for TDA Salary or Training Grants, and must fund the full employment and training costs of the Programme. However, the cost of the final assessment is met by the TDA.
There are no bursaries or ’Golden Hellos’ available for trainees on Graduate and Registered Teacher Programmes.
GRTP Administration Desk
Faculty of Education
Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road
Telephone: 01227 782727 or 01227 782298
Fax: 01227 785761
Mark all correspondence for the attention of ’Graduate and Registered Teacher Programme’.