Teacher Training Programs

Becoming a UK teacher

Teacher Training Courses UK

You can get up to £26,000 a year on bursary when you apply to teach a STEM subject. Teacher training courses in the UK are offered by various universities. However, if you are interested in working for the UK civil services as a teacher, you will need to have a degree. With the degree, you can then train to become a qualified teacher.

As the UK is made up of England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, entry qualifications will differ on both primary and secondary teaching routes, however, Initial Teacher Training (ITET) training programmes across the United Kingdom are almost the same, providing a mixture of academic and professional teaching approaches in the 21st century.

In practice, you have undergraduate and graduate teaching routes. Each route has its own admission and selection requirements or criteria. When applying, make sure you are applying to a region where you will want to work. Teachers within the London zone get more pay than any other region.

You are paid up to £26,000 when you enrol in the postgraduate teacher teaching training scheme. This is free money and you do not have to pay it back. Both UK and European students can apply for this fund as of now until Brexit. Qualified post-graduate teachers teach in secondary schools and to qualify for this Free money (Bursary/Scholarship), you will need to take on one of the subjects in which the UK needs more teachers. The subjects to consider are as follows;

  1. Biology
  2. Technology
  3. Maths
  4. Chemistry
  5. Modern Languages
  6. Physical

When you take on any of the above subjects as a postgraduate teacher, you will qualify for the £26,000 scholarship. But again, this is only available to UK and EU students with qualifications and credentials. You get a bursary from the UK Government whose aim is to increase the number of teachers and lecturers with STEM qualifications and expertise. The money you get in the form of a grant/bursary or scholarship is tax-free and covers you for an academic of studies in an approved teacher training institution in the United Kingdom.

Even though you have qualified for the grant, your tuition is still outstanding. Don’t panic, it is covered by the British Government in the form of an interest-free loan which you will only start to pay once your earnings have reached a specific threshold. In most cases, this is usually for a salary of £21000 per year. If you are not working and or cannot earn above the stipulated amount, you will have nothing to pay.

Teacher Training Entry Requirements

Different teacher training providers will demand their own specific entry requirements. However, I am going to outline the global entry requirements in accordance with the current climate. The entry level will also have specific entry requirements. There are different requirements for primary, secondary and higher education teachers

  • A degree
  • GCSE grade C / 4 in English and mathematics – and including a science subject for primary trainees
  • Criminal records check

Routes to teaching in the United Kingdom

There are currently 17 routes into the teaching field in the UK. These include opportunities for those without degree qualifications, those with undergraduate and graduate qualifications. It is either a full time or part-time training opportunity. However, whichever route you decide to embark on, one thing is certainly clear. The teaching and resources available to you are second to none.

Future Teaching Scholars Programme

This is a fully-funded teaching programme for A-levels holders with a passion to teach Physics and Mathematics. The programme runs for six years targeting A-level applicants with the best academic performance. Based on academic performance, participants during their undergraduate years are provided with financial support and full-time employment upon completion and graduation from the course.

Level 5 Diploma in Education And Training

This is a non-graduate route into teaching for post 16. This is typically a one-year duration teacher training course. A level 5 Diploma in Education and Training is a recognised teaching qualification for post 16. The training is available via University or College tuition. However, if interested, you could still go in as an unqualified teacher while you train either as a part-time or a full-time participant. You will need to pay tuition fees with this teacher training entry route programme.

Assessment Only Route To Qualified Teacher Status

This route is for practicing and experienced teachers but without formal teaching qualifications to achieve a “qualified teaching status”. In England, the programme is provided by universities, direct training providers and colleges. For those with degrees, it allows you to gain a qualified teacher status without having to attend a teacher training programme. However, in England, if you have significant teaching experience as an unqualified teacher, then the assessment only route could be for you if you work with early years, schools, or further education institution. You will need to pay tuition with this course through Student Finance.

PGCE University Led Teacher Training Programme

Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training is a university-led program designed to provide qualified teacher status. With this teaching programme, you could either go in for PGCE or PGDE as a prospective primary or secondary education teacher. There are also 24-week teaching practises for both participants in at least 2 schools to gain classroom experience. You can study for these certifications with many higher education institutions in the UK with the majority of your time spent on campus

Postgraduate Early Years Initial Teacher Training

This is a university or school-led postgraduate early years initial teachers training programme. The programme allows you to work with children up to 5 years but as a specialist. Upon completion, you earn an “Early Years Teachers Status”. You can either go in for full-time or part-time programmes and will also have to pay tuition fees at the postgraduate study level.

Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship

This postgraduate teaching route allows you to earn a salary while training to become a fully qualified Teacher. It is a full-time course at the postgraduate level. This is a relatively new route with national recognition into the teaching profession. Once you have gained a “qualified teacher status”, you are also expected to complete an endpoint assessment when applicable to consolidate learning from the postgraduate teaching apprenticeship route.

Returning To Teaching

This route is for qualified teachers who for some reason have never practised or left the profession for quite some time and want to return to this noble profession. There is massive help available to make the transition as smooth as chocolate. This programme is open to candidates with the capability to study at postgraduate level.

Researchers In Schools

Researchers at the school are part of a programme open to Ph.D. holders and prospective Ph.D. holders. You are paid and it is a full-time programme. It is a three (3) year teacher training program with a combination of research and a classroom-based teaching experience program preparing you for the “qualified teacher status” (QTS) in the UK. The programme is designed to provide two qualifications simultaneously to both participants. In addition to the QTS, you will also earn an education award in “Research Leadership”. This is a full-time school-led programme.

School Direct (Salaried)

This is an employment-led route into professional teaching with the opportunity to get paid while you train. This is a study on the job programme that will prepare you for the QTS. Entry requirements include being a high calibre graduate with a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience or transferrable work experience. This is a postgraduate scheme where you are paid while training. You may qualify with a PGCE but if this qualification is very important, make sure to enquire with the course provider before you enroll. You may be charged the cost of PGCE if you are awarded the qualification.

School Direct (Tuition based)

This is a school-led prospective teacher training programme that prepares you for the “Qualified Teacher Status” (QTS) but you will have tuition fees to pay. If for the very first time, as a UK resident, you are entitled to student loans and grants that could be used for this purpose. With this programme, you are not in school, you also attend University, college or SCITT depending on the school you are working with. Each school has the privilege to negotiate with teacher training institutions based on their individual needs.

School-Centred Initial Teachers Training

This is a practice-based teacher training programme or scheme leading to a “Qualified Teacher Status” (QTS). It is either an undergraduate or postgraduate school-led scheme designed and developed for Teacher Training Providers or a group of schools working in tandem with QTS providers. The majority of your time is spent in a classroom where highly qualified teachers are actively preparing you for the professional teaching qualification. Providers of this course work in partnership with universities or institutions of higher learning, providing opportunities for prospective teachers to acquire a degree at the same time as their qualified teacher status.

Undergraduate School Centred Initial Teacher Training

Again, this is a practice-based approach to learning and teaching. The course leads to a qualified teacher status (QTS).

With this teaching route, you are working with groups with study materials and content developed by initial teacher training providers in tandem with groups of neighbouring schools. Your training takes place in a classroom most of the time with highly qualified and experienced teachers as this approach comes with experience for the trainee teacher. Course providers have created a robust partnership with universities making it easy for trainee teachers to also earn a degree the same as working to earn qualified teacher status.

Teach First Leadership Development Programme

“Teach first leadership development programme” is a two-year, school-based teacher training program with a salary while you study towards a PGDE qualification.

The Teach First leadership development programme brings together a combination of teacher training and leadership, thereby creating and nurturing future inspirational leaders for those classrooms that need them the most. It is a two-year paid teacher training programme designed to give you a PGDE qualification in education. As a postgraduate programme, it has five-week intensive training on the job and at the same time, you are studying for the qualified teacher’s status certification. This is a school-led, full-time and salaried postgraduate scheme.

Troops To Teachers

Troops to teachers is a programme that caters to the needs of ex-military servicemen and women interested in becoming qualified teachers. It is a two- or three-year degree programme for exceptional ex-military and troop service personnel. This programme is a non-graduate teacher training route for uniform service leavers designed to offer ex troops interested in a teaching career the qualifications needed in the teaching field such as degrees and qualified teachers’ status (QTS).

Undergraduate plus postgraduate degree training programme

This programme allows you to apply for a postgraduate teacher training programme after you have graduated to gain qualified teachers status (QTS).

It does not matter whether you study for a BSc OR BA, the important thing here to consider is to gain the QTS after graduation and to become a teacher. Once you have finished your undergraduate degree, it allows you to apply for a postgraduate teacher training programme to gain your qualified teachers status.

Undergraduate Early Years Initial Teacher Training courses

Undergraduate early years initial teacher training schemes are targeted at those interested in teaching in the early years and hold EYITT Certifications. The course allows you to specialize in teaching children from 0-5 years of age respectively. Once fully qualified, you will be able to teach early foundation years.

Applying for a degree in early childhood initial teaching is the right way forward to get into the field and to become a subject specialist. It is an undergraduate full-time or part-time course with tuition fees to pay for every prospective candidate.

Undergraduate Initial Teacher Training courses

The undergraduate initial teacher training programs allow interested prospective applicants to either apply for a Bed, BSc or BA university degree to come out with a qualified teacher status (QTS).

This is an undergraduate fees-payable initial teacher training programme that prepares you to graduate with a (QTS). However, the most common routes to the QTS professional qualifications are BEd, BSc or BA. However, it takes 3-4 years of learning to become a fully qualified teacher. Again, the course is focused on training you on a specific subject to teach upon completion.

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