Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships
Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes are a new (Sept 2018) nationally-recognised, work-based route into teaching. It is an alternative to a traditional full-time university course, offering a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to earn while you learn.
- Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are available for prospective primary and secondary school teachers in England.
- You’ll be employed by a school while you learn on the job. In some cases, this may be a school you’re already working at, or have an existing relationship with.
- As Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are new, there are currently only a limited number of vacancies.
- If you’re currently working as an unqualified teacher or teaching assistant, it offers new opportunities for career progression, plus higher earning capacity, recognition, and status.
- You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching and off-the-job training as you to work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
WHAT IS INVOLVED?
Similar to School Direct (salaried) programmes, Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are a new, nationally-recognised, work-based route into teaching. The centre-based training will be based in Wigan and during the apprenticeship programme, the apprentice must successfully complete the ITT programme, leading to the recommendation for QTS. This will typically be at the end of the third term.
In addition to working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion of the course, apprentices will also complete an end point assessment (EPA) after the summer to consolidate learning from initial teacher training.
An assessor from an end-point assessment organisation (an accredited ITT provider who has been separate from the training process) conducts the assessment. The assessment has two components: a lesson observation and a professional discussion.
Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship is a programme that runs for up to 14 months and leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) whilst remaining in paid employment in school. Apprentices can specialise in Primary or a specific subject at Secondary level. Our blended learning approach combines in-school experience, centre-based training and online tuition.
During the apprenticeship programme, the apprentice must successfully complete the ITT programme, leading to the recommendation for QTS. This will typically be at the end of the third term.
The apprentice will then go on to complete an end-point assessment in early September.
WELLBEING AND WORKLOAD SUPPORT
Wellbeing and workload support is at the heart of our teacher training programme. To see how visit our SCITT Workload and Wellbeing initiative page
You'll need to hold a degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
If you intend to train to teach pupils aged three to 11 (early years and primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4, or above, in a GCSE science subject examination.
You'll also need to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training.
All candidates including apprentices are required to complete Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy prior to starting the programme. This is a legal requirement. When you’re ready, you’ll need to book your tests with learndirect. The first three attempts are free and candidates will then need to pay thereafter. There is no longer a cap on the number of times the Professional Skills Tests need to be taken.
July 2019 update- The DfE announced in July 2019 that it is to replace the existing professional skills tests on teacher training courses with a new system for September 2020 initial teacher training entrants. Further information will follow in due course about the governments new approach to assessing the numeracy and literacy of prospective teachers.
Before being accepted onto the course, all apprentice teachers must satisfy the DfE requirements with regards to fitness to teach. You will be required to complete a confidential medical questionnaire if you are offered a place on our training course*.
*This requirement is inline with the Department for Education's health and physical capacity to teach checks.
Apprentices will be required to undertake a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, which allows apprentices to work and train across the whole range of our Partnership and Associate schools. These will be initiated by the Partnership for those students to whom we make conditional offers. All employees and Trainees are encouraged to take out the update service which costs £13 a year.
*This requirement is inline with the Department for Education's Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance.
With Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes, the apprentice won’t need to pay any tuition fees.
The training costs of the Teaching Apprenticeship are funded directly from the employers apprenticeship levy account.
The Apprenticeship Levy at the employing school can also be used to up skill appointed or unqualified staff.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are made via UCAS
*Please note that the entry criteria has statutory force under The Education (School Teachers’ Qualifications) (England) Regulations 2003.