Routes Into Teaching

What are some of the postgraduate routes into teaching?

University-led PGCE

- A one-year training programme, a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is run by colleges and universities throughout the UK.

- The PGCE is available for both prospective Primary and prospective Secondary School teachers.

- Students must complete a minimum of 120 days in school amongst blocks of study at their chosen provider.

 

SCITT Training Courses

  • - A SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is a school that has been accredited by the DfE to deliver and award Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • - A SCITT works in partnership with a group of Primary and Secondary Schools who are committed to providing a high quality training environment for trainee teachers.
  • - SCITT courses are based in and run by schools.  Training is led by highly skilled and experienced practicing teachers as well as school leaders. Trainees will be able to learn from their experienced professional colleagues.

 

School Direct (Tuition Fee)

  • - This is a school-led teacher training programme.
  • - This route is available for both Primary and Secondary teaching and is run by the school or group of schools.
  • - As a school-led teacher training programme, the School Direct (non-salaried) route is run by a school or group of schools who work closely with a university or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) partnership who certify successful trainees.
  • - Although your training is based in a school, they are not your employers, and in many ways your training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges.
  • - As the title suggests, the School Direct (tuition fee) route of study is unpaid.
  • - You will pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries, or scholarships.
  • - Some providers include a PGCE. 

 

School Direct (Salaried)

  • - This is a school-led teacher training programme.
  • - Those students who opt for a School Direct (salaried) training programme are employed by the school as unqualified teachers whilst they learn on-the-job.
  • - This route is available for both Primary and Secondary teaching and is run by the school or group of schools.
  • - These providers work closely with a university or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) partnership who are able to certify successful trainees.
  • - This is an employment-based route for high quality, experienced graduates with ideally at least three years’ work experience in any field.
  • - You will earn a salary while you train and will not need to pay any fees.
  • - Some providers include a PGCE. 

 

Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship

  • - It is an alternative to a traditional full time university course, offering a Post Graduate level qualification.
  • - This is a work based route into teaching, where you will have the opportunity to earn while you learn and will not need to pay any fees.
  • - This route is available for both Primary and Secondary teaching.
  • - A Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are new, there are currently only a limited number of vacancies
  • - You will receive a combination of classroom teaching and off the job training as you work towards QTS
  • - Some providers include a PGCE. 

  

How long is the course and what does it involve?

  • - The training course usually lasts from September to June.
  • - Courses combine school-based classroom practice with theoretical learning leading to trainees achieving QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).  Trainees can also gain a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) validated by a Higher Education Institution. School-based teaching practice includes a main placement and a shorter second placement in a contrasting school or phase.
  • - Training as part of a SCITT gives you the opportunity to learn on the ‘job’. As trainees are based in schools throughout the course, they will gain a valuable insight into what teaching involves from the start of the academic year. Therefore trainees will be part of the staff development days, gain an insight into how experienced teachers set expectations and will be seen as a member of staff from day one.

 

How will trainees be assessed?

  • - Assessment will take place throughout the year. It will be in the form of classroom observations, portfolios and written assignments.
  • - A PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) is an option which can be completed alongside gaining QTS. The PGCE comes with 60 Master Level credits (which can be converted into a full Masters – 180 credits, in later years).