Routes into Teaching

There's several postgraduate training programmes available for graduates that provide different routes into teaching.

You need to have professional qualified teacher status (QTS) in order to work as a teacher in state maintained schools (excluding academies and free schools) in England and Wales.

To be awarded QTS you must complete a period of initial teacher training (ITT). Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) then complete a period of induction, which is the first year of employment as a teacher in a school. Teachers in independent schools aren't required to have QTS, but most do.

Your teacher training options

The following options are provided by government and other agencies, enabling you to find your way into teaching using the route that best fits with your circumstances and prior education.

Full-time courses usually last one academic year but part-time and flexible learning options are also available. You will attend, but will also spend a minimum of 24 weeks on placements in at least two schools.

Provides training run by a consortium of schools and colleges. The majority of the training is delivered by experienced teachers in the school setting. Most SCITTs also offer a PGCE, with training provided by university staff.

Provides school-led training run by a lead school in partnership with a university or SCITT and other schools, mostly on a one-year full-time basis. You may be employed within the school or partnership once qualified.

As above, but the salaried programme is for graduates with usually three or more years' experience in any career since graduation. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by the school and schools receive funding which they can use to subsidise the trainee’s salary and/or training.

www.teachfirst.org.uk/  : runs a two-year employment-based Leadership Development Programme completed in primary and secondary schools that are in challenging circumstances. Successful candidates start as unqualified teachers and work towards a postgraduate diploma in education (PGDE) qualification that integrates teacher training and leadership development, and which includes credits at master’s level, over two years. The programme leads to QTS after the first year, and all participants have the option to work towards a full master’s qualification.
http://www.researchersinschools.org/ : a salaried programme for researchers who have completed, or are finishing, their doctorate. Trainees are placed in a non-selective state school and supported to achieve QTS in their first year and NQT status in their second year. An optional third year offers the opportunity to join the Subject Leader Programme to work towards the RIS Research Leader in Education (RLE) Award.
https://www.hmcteachertraining.org.uk/ : a two-year school-based programme, offering a PGCE, QTS and induction year, in which trainees are employed by HMC senior schools in the independent sector. HMC (the Headmasters' & Headmistresses' Conference) is a professional association representing a group of heads of independent schools.

This route allows you to gain QTS while employed in a school. Your teaching is assessed by an accredited teacher training provider and you must present a detailed portfolio of evidence from your work in school to show that you meet all the standards for QTS. Though designed for experienced unqualified teachers, there may be opportunities for graduates entering teaching via academies and independent schools.

Source: Target Jobs

For more information visit on getting into teaching, visit https://www.prospects.ac.uk/postgraduate-study/teacher-training

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Last edited: 09/03/2017 09:28:00