Impact of COVID-19 on teacher training

This page was updated on 18 September 2020, and we will continue to work to update it as new guidance is issued. Please check back regularly.

For more information about the government response to coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit GOV.UK.

If you have another question, not covered here, please get in touch.

If you are an ITT provider, and have further urgent questions, please email our dedicated COVID-19 inbox.

Advice for current trainees

If you are a current trainee teacher and have questions about your course, please contact your provider. This also applies if you are on an assessment only route.

Advice for applicants

Q. Do I need to have school experience?

A.  Getting some classroom experience can help you decide whether teaching is right for you. It is not an entry requirement for Initial Teacher Training.

You can search and sign up through our Get School Experience Service.

Q. Can I get school experience from September?

Some schools are offering the opportunity for ITT candidates to undertake school experience both in school and virtually.

Candidates can search and sign up through our Get School Experience Service.

Q. Does the 40-day rule for making decisions about ITT applications still apply?

A. The 40-day rule for making decisions about ITT applications still applies.

Q. Do I have to have a face-to-face interview?

A. There is no requirement for a face-to-face interview. These can take place electronically, ideally by Skype or similar. Documentation such as degree and GCSE certificates may be scanned and sent electronically.

Applicants should wait to be contacted by the providers for specific guidance.

Q. Are the planned Train to Teach events going ahead?

A. Autumn events have now been confirmed, please check the events page for more information.

Q. What if I’m an overseas applicant?

Although global travel, including to the UK, may be affected by coronavirus (COVID-19), we still encourage overseas nationals to pursue becoming a teacher in England. 

You should check your country’s advice as well as the UK's advice to keep up to date with travel restrictions and self-isolation requirements. The UK government has also published guidance about what to do if you need a visa to travel to the UK and has a coronavirus immigration help centre.

Further information is available if you are affected by changes to UK immigration and borders due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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For more information about the government response to coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit GOV.UK.

If you have another question, not covered here, please get in touch.

We have been working closely across government to develop guidance on COVID-19 and its impact on Initial Teacher Training, and the amended ITT criteria