As an armed Service leaver, you can bring invaluable skills and experiences to the classroom by training to teach – with the potential for extra funding if you’re a graduate, or the opportunity to apply for a fast-track Troops to Teachers course if you’re yet to gain a degree. And this year, the Troops to Teachers programme is expanding, with two new cohorts of undergraduate trainees starting salaried employment-led teacher training in either September 2015 or 2016.
Troops to Teachers
Two-year Troops to Teachers courses for non-graduates lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) and a degree qualification. These involve:
- earning a salary as an unqualified teacher while you train (this could be 80% of the unqualified teacher pay ranges)
- training to teach in a school for four days a week, with university training one a day a week to further your academic qualifications to degree level
You’ll need to be able to demonstrate, through your qualifications in the Armed Forces, that you have sufficient evidence of academic achievement and specialist subject knowledge to support your development.
The minimum eligibility requirements for the course are:
- English language and maths GCSE (or equivalent) grade C, plus science if you want to teach primary
- a minimum of 120 subject-related Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points if your current qualifications relate specifically to your chosen subject for teacher training
- a minimum of 240 credits if your qualifications are not specific to your chosen specialist subject for teacher training, but they are related
Your qualifications can be either academic (for example, from the Open University), or professional qualifications like Command, Leadership and Management or Defence Train the Trainer courses. Experiences can be formal roles either as a trainer/instructor, or applying the subject you wish to teach.
Finding non-graduate courses
Troops to Teachers is run by the University of Brighton as the lead in a consortium of higher education institutions comprising:
- Bath Spa University
- Canterbury Christchurch University
- University of Huddersfield
- University of Reading
- University of Southampton
- University of Staffordshire
- Delivery schools
For further information please contact email@example.com or call 01273 643598
Classification as an eligible Service leaver
To be eligible for a Troops to Teachers course as a non-graduate, you’ll need to be eligible for resettlement support, having served for four years or more. Graduate trainees must have served three or more years for a funding or bursary uplift. You’ll also need to have either left the armed services within the last two years, or be leaving within the next two years.
Complete the Troops to Teachers registration form and we'll send you further information as soon as it becomes available.
Funding uplifts for graduate Service leavers
Service leavers with degrees will be able to enrol on postgraduate teacher training courses with additional bespoke training. You also could receive a £2,000 bursary uplift in addition to the standard bursary or scholarship of up to £25,000 on a non-salaried School Direct or provider-led course.
- 27 April 2015 AT 08:30
Join us for a day – on any day between 27 April and 1 May – to experience school life and find out more about the School Direct programme.Killingworth Open
- 27 April 2015 AT 08:45
Find out if Secondary School Teaching may be for you. If you think you may want to become a secondary school teacher then join us to find out more. You will have an opportunity to experience the School in action, observe learning in your chosen subject area and talk to current trainees, teachers and learners.Coggeshall Open
- 27 April 2015 AT 15:30
Please drop into this event to discuss how to apply for school direct, how the course is run, funding avaliable, places within local schools. There will be opportunity to talk to course leaders. We are looking forward to meeting you and answering your questions.Nottingham Open
- 27 April 2015 AT 16:00
The University of Reading hosts regular Information Meetings to explain School Direct and other routes into Initial Teacher Training.Reading Open