Researchers in Schools - including the Maths and Physics Chairs programme

Researchers in Schools (RIS), which includes the Maths and Physics Chairs programme is a tailored, salaried teacher training course for high-calibre candidates, who have completed or are finishing, their PhD. 

This prestigious programme offers a combination of classroom teaching and research opportunities, as you work towards gaining qualified teacher status (QTS) allowing you to develop your skills to become a highly effective classroom teacher – helping all pupils excel, regardless of background.

What’s on offer:

  • no fees to be paid towards your teacher training
  • you’ll earn a competitive salary with an additional salary uplift during the first two years for maths and physics participants 
  • a pre-programme induction course facilitated by education experts
  • protected time, one day per week, to pursue the wider aims of the programme, including delivering Uni Pathways, a structured programme of university-style tutorials based on your PhD
  • a minimum of 10 weeks’ paid holiday
  • receive honorary research associate status from a leading university, allowing you the opportunity to maintain an independent research profile 
  • a full teacher’s pension and excellent opportunities for progression 

The programme is open to applicants who have completed, or are finishing a PhD in the following subjects: physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, computing, geography, English and modern foreign languages (French, German or Spanish).

To find out more, please visit Researchers in Schools


Upcoming events

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Train to Teach Newcastle

30 June 2018 10:00

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

Newcastle upon Tyne

Application Workshop London Central

23 June 2018 10:00

Whether you’re just getting started on your application, or are close to submitting it, you will find lots of help and support at our application workshops.


Preparing for your teacher training

25 June 2018 18:30

If you've been offered a teacher training place, this online session will answer your questions on how best to prepare for your teacher training.

Gaining school experience for primary teachers

27 June 2018 12:00

This online event will provide advice on gaining school experience for those interested in primary teaching. It will offer helpful hints and tips on gaining and making the most of your primary school experience and it's relevance to your UCAS application.