GRADUATE TEACHER PROGRAMME
What is the Graduate Teacher Programme?
PLEASE NOTE THAT SINCE SEPTEMBER 2013 THE GRADUATE TEACHER PROGRAMME HAS BEEN REPLACED BY THE SCHOOL DIRECT SCHEME.
Applications for teacher training through a SCITT or through School Direct are through the UCAS Teacher Training Website http://www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training
School-Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) and School Direct (SD) training.
In common with HEI-led programmes all programmes lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). They have the same eligibility for teacher training loans and access to maintenance grants and loans. Applications are via UCAS teacher training. The programmes are inspected by Ofsted.
These are school-led training programmes.Trainees are based in school not university. Fees are charged. You should find out about the programme for what is on offer. QTS is awarded but check provider for information about M level qualifications.
School Direct programmes
These are school-led programmes. There is the expectation of employment in the school or cluster of schools at the end of the programme. Fees are charged. You should find out about the programme. QTS is awarded but check provider for information about M level qualifications.
School Direct (Salaried) programmes
These are school-led programmes. There is the expectation of employment in the school or cluster of schools at the end of the programme. Applicants need a minimum of three years' work experience to apply. There is a salary. Some teaching likely to be required from day 1 - find out about the training programme. QTS is awarded but check provider for information about M level qualifications.
School Direct in Independent Schools
You will be an employee of the school – apply directly to schools on spec or in response to advert. The salary depends on school. There is no requirement for three years' work experience. Some schools support training in year 1 (but not all). The school must establish a Partnership with an ITT provider (SCITT or HEI. Does the provider offer QTS only or M level qualification? What does the programme consist of? Usually you are teaching your own classes from Day 1. You should find out if there an agreed limit on teaching time for trainees.
School Direct places are provided by schools themselves, providing school-based training and working with local Universities or SCITTs to provide accreditation for QTS. Therefore potential applicants for SD training routes should check the UCAS Teacher Training website for details of which schools are offering the places. Applicants should expect to be interviewed by the lead trainer in the school and also by a member of the accrediting University or SCITT. Appointment to a SD placement does not guarantee that a teaching post will be offered at the end of the course.