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School-led training

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. Attending events hosted by local providers can help you get a better understanding of the different factors you need to consider. Find events in your area.

You could get a £25k tax-free bursary to train as a teacher 

There is lots of financial support available to help fund school-led training. Depending on your degree class and the subject you want to teach, you could be eligible for a generous tax-fee bursary or scholarship. If not, you’ll still have access to a tuition fee and maintenance loan to cover your training.

School-led courses are referred to as the SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) programme and School Direct training programme, and you should use these terms when you search for a course. Whichever course you choose, your training experience will be the same. 

If you train to teach maths or physics, you now have the opportunity to train on an accelerated programme, usually over two terms, or part-time over a longer period – usually two years.

Use the UCAS Teacher Training website to find a training programme or register to get started on your application today. You don’t have to finish this in one go – you can save your details and return any time.

Earn a salary while you train

You could earn a salary by training on a School Direct (salaried) programme. If you’re already working at or have an existing relationship with a school and want to take the next step, then you may want to consider this route.

Trainees on the salaried programme are recruited and employed directly by schools, and often continue teaching in their school following training.

Alternatively, if you’re a graduate or career changer with a 2:1 or above, you could earn a salary with Teach First

You can call us on Freephone 0800 389 2500 between 8am and 8pm to discuss if school-led training is right for you.

Upcoming events

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Train to Teach York

28 January 2017 10:00

This event in York will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

York

Train to Teach Nottingham

02 February 2017 16:30

This event in Nottingham will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Nottingham

Train to Teach Birmingham

04 February 2017 09:30

This event in Birmingham will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Birmingham

Train to Teach Peterborough

08 February 2017 16:30

This event in Peterborough will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

Peterborough