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                                 Medicine as
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University of Manchester
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                                                             Sept 2009
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This publication is aimed at anyone who is considering employment as a
teacher/lecturer in schools and colleges in the UK. Most people will take a
teacher training course (PGCE) which will give them Qualified Teacher Status
(QTS). However there are other routes available, details of which are below.

Training Routes
PGCE course (Postgraduate Certificate of Education)
This is the standard entry course for graduates wishing to join the teaching
profession. Courses last for nine months full-time (36 weeks for secondary
trainees and 38 weeks for primary trainees) with up to two thirds of the time
spent in schools. Over 100 PGCE courses offering Initial Teacher Training
(ITT) are available. There are also a few two-year full-time courses available
offering you extra time to build up your subject knowledge.

Applications for the PGCE should be sent to the Graduate Teacher Training
Registry (GTTR) early in the first semester. The closing date for receipt of
primary applications is 1st December. There is currently no set early closing
date for secondary applications but it is advisable to apply early for both
primary and secondary

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)
This is an opportunity to train almost entirely within a school setting, while
being affiliated with an ITT. Applications are also made through the GTTR
though there are a small number of SCITTs who operate separately. Details of
all SCITTs are available through the GTTR.

The Graduate Teacher Programme
This programme is designed for graduates with some teaching or classroom
experience. You are paid as an unqualified teacher – approximately £14,000-
£15,000 for the year. You train while working in the school and attend some
sessions on professional studies at an associated Higher Education
Institution. Applications are made through Employment Based Initial Teacher
Training providers (EBITTS) details of which can be found on the TDA

Modular/ Flexible Route
These courses encourage those who want to go into teaching but who are
unable to undertake a full-time course, usually due to work or family
commitments. There are part-time, modular and distance learning
opportunities: see the GTTR website for details.
Shortened QTS

These are new courses which last six months and will only be on offer in the
London area. Places are only available in shortage subjects and candidates
need to apply to an Employment Based Teacher Training provider, details on
the TDA website.

Teaching in Further Education
New regulations came into force on 1st September 2007, covering FE
teachers’ qualifications, FE teachers’ CPD and FE principals’ qualifications.
These include reforms to the training and qualifications of all teachers, trainers
lecturers and instructors. The reformed ITT pathways will see all of the above
working towards either Associate Teacher, learning and skills (ATLS) status or
Qualified Teacher Learning & skills (QTLS) status. For further information on
these new qualifications plus lists of endorsed training courses see:
LLUK offer a free advice service between 9am and 5.30 pm, Mon – Fri on:
020 7936 5798.

Teach First
Teach First is a programme run by an independent organisation enabling graduates
to spend two years working in challenging secondary schools in London,
Manchester, Liverpool and the Midlands, qualifying as a teacher while completing
leadership training and work experience with leading employers. It is for high-
achieving graduates who may not otherwise have considered teaching or are not
sure of it as a long-term career. It leads to qualified teacher status (QTS) but also
provides the potential to develop a commercially oriented career and takes two years
to complete. It is not available at primary level.

   Entry requirements:

      2.1 degree or above
      300 UCAS tariff points (or equivalent, excluding General Studies).
      Degree and/or A level grade A or B (or equivalent) in a subject that is aligned
      to a National Curriculum subject.
      Grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE Mathematics and English.
      Flexibility to work anywhere within East Midlands, London, North West, West
      Midlands and Yorkshire.
      Ability to show high levels of competency in areas such as leadership,
      teamwork, resilience, critical thinking, communication skills, initiative and
      creativity, and respect, humility, and empathy.

For more details see
and the TDA website.
Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses
These are pre-initial teacher training courses aimed at graduates/career
changers suited to teaching but lacking full subject knowledge.

In England enhancement courses in chemistry, physics, maths, modern
languages, ICT and D&T are available on a fulltime, intensive and paid basis.
Lengths of courses vary. On completion participants undertake initial teacher
training leading to Qualified Teacher Status. Details on

All teacher training applicants must have a GCSE grade C or above in Maths
and English. In addition primary applicants must have a science at GCSE. For
those without the above GCSEs there are equivalency tests provided by ITT
providers; some provide tuition, others do not. Contact the ITT provider
directly for more information.

You will need a degree from a British university or its equivalent - the
university to which you apply will be able to advise you, or see the British
Council International Guide to Equivalence in Education (published by the
National Academic Recognition Information Centre of the UK:

It is not true that prospective PGCE students must have a degree in a national
curriculum subject. However, you should be aware that with a non-national
curriculum subject, your task at primary level and in some specialist
secondary subjects may be much more difficult. Decisions are made at the
discretion of each ITT. Contact them directly for further details.

In some subjects short intensive bridging courses can help to fill subject
knowledge gaps. These are called Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses
and participants must have an ITT place to attend; details as above.

Funding for PGCE Courses
For PGCE courses starting in 2010 tuition fees have to be paid in full. Home
and EU PGCE trainees in England may be eligible for a loan to cover the
course tuition fees. See for details.

All PGCE students, regardless of their route into qualified teacher status (and
even if they are on the modular route earning a good salary) are entitled to the
"teacher training bursary" during their studies. This differs according to
subject. “Golden Hellos” are also available for Newly Qualified Teachers with
a PGCE in a priority subject. The current arrangements are:
   • Maths and Science trainees receive a £9,000 bursary and a £5,000
     Golden Hello.

      Other secondary shortage subjects: Modern Foreign Languages,
      Design and Technology, Information and Communications Technology,
      Music and R.E. receive a £9,000 bursary and a £2,500 Golden Hello
      All other PGCE students (including Art, Dance, Drama, English,
      Geography and History) receive a £6,000 bursary.
      Primary teaching PGCE students will receive £4000 bursary.

Check out the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) website
for up-to-date information or call the Teaching Information line
0845 6000 991.

Teaching for International Students

If you are an international student and wish to qualify as a teacher in the UK
there are a number of options for you. This depends on whether or not you
already have an overseas teaching qualification, plus whether you are an EU
student or non-EU student.

EU Students

If you have a teaching qualification from an EU country/EAA (European
Economic Area) you can seek to have this accredited as QTS under mutual
recognition arrangements by the General Teaching Council for England: Tel: 0870 001 0308

If you are an EU student/graduate with no teaching qualification you are
eligible to apply for all normal routes into teaching.

International students not from EU

The Overseas Trained Teachers Programme (OTTP) offers overseas trained
teachers (OTTs) the opportunity to gain QTS while working as a teacher. All
applications for OTTP places should be made directly to Employment Based
Initial Teacher Training providers (EBITTS). Once in a teaching position in a
school, the trainee follows an individual training and assessment programme
leading to QTS.

Non-EU students without an overseas teaching qualification will have to have
their overseas degrees checked for equivalence by NARIC. Contact the OTT
advice line 01245-454321 for assistance on accessing the NARIC database.
Applicants without home residency will also be liable to pay the entire fees for
their training. If you qualify for home residency you may be eligible for the
same funding as UK students but this is at the discretion of your LEA.
For more details on OTTPs contact the OTT advice line on 01245-454321or See also:

Work Experience
Work experience in a school is crucial if you are applying for teaching.
This will give you a clear idea of what teaching is like and help you to
decide if it is the right career for you. On average you will need 1-2
weeks work experience in a school; check individual institutions for their
entry requirements. Below are some ways of finding such work

Opportunities in Manchester

      University of Manchester: "Students in Schools"
      Runs a variety of programmes offering experience in schools. Contact or telephone Widening Participation Office on
      0161 275 2056 or 0161 275 7668.
      University of Manchester: Student Action Manchester
      Operates education related projects which are student-led. Contact
      Community Action: or 0161-275-2948
      Education Business Solutions
      Offers aspirational, literacy, and numeracy mentoring programmes in all
      schools throughout Manchester, Trafford, Stockport and Rochdale.
      Contact Jeanette Chadwick Mentoring Manager on 0161 772 1010 or
      07801 448714.
      Take on volunteers for Saturday Clubs (mentoring, literacy in a club
      environment). Contact 0161 226 7633 or
      Student Associates Scheme
      This differs from the above schemes as it is a paid work taster run by
      the University of Manchester and funded by the Training and
      Development Agency for Schools (TDA). The scheme focuses on
      subject shortage areas in school. Undergraduates from the following
      disciplines are eligible to apply: Maths, Science, Modern Foreign
      Languages, Design and Technology and Information and
      Communication Technology (ICT). In addition there are a limited
      number of places available for undergraduates from other disciplines
      and a very limited number for primary.
      Placements are for the duration of 15 days. The purpose is to provide
      an overview of the teaching profession and opportunities to utilise
      subject specialism in the classroom. Participants are paid £40 for each
      full day completed and placements occur in June. For application
      details please contact Natalie Shannon on 0161 275 3419 or email at

Opportunities Nationally

The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) runs several schemes for
people considering teaching:

      Open Schools Programme
      For those at an early stage of thinking about teaching as a career.
      Taster Courses in schools
      Generally these run for three days and are designed for those who have
      decided they will apply for teaching.
      School Introduction Programme
      Designed to help ITT applicants in secondary shortage subjects to gain
      classroom experience prior to their PGCE. Applicants are referred by the ITT
      provider once in receipt of a conditional offer and lasts 10 days.

   Details of all of the above on the TDA website or contact the
   Teaching Information Line for details 0845-6000-991

      CSV Reading Together
      Students are placed in schools to help children with their reading.
      Contact 0207 2786 601
      Arrange your own work experience. Contact schools directly to
      enquire about classroom observation. If you do this you will need to
      apply for police clearance; for details of how to do this see

Teaching abroad
Teaching abroad in an international school is possible after achieving QTS.
Requirements include QTS plus a minimum of one years’ teaching experience in
some organisations. Demand is increasing for teachers in international schools; see
the Council of International Schools for more details:
Information & Contacts

AGCAS Occupational Profiles

      Pre-school/nursery teacher
      Primary school teacher
      Secondary school teacher
      Special educational needs teacher
      Music teacher (private/peripatetic)
      Educational psychologist

Information Booklets
Available to collect from the Careers Resource Centre.

      Education Sector
      Applying for PGCE (annual)
      Beyond the Classroom – Alternative careers in education
      Getting a Teaching Job
      Both available at the Education community of Prospects:!ejgai

Information in the Careers Resource Centre

A range of useful information is available on reference in the Careers
Resource Centre. You can search for items currently held on the Online
Careers Library

Click on ‘Occupations and Employers’ and choose ‘Education’ from the
occupation list to find out about teaching as a career and ‘Education’ from the
employer list to find out about opportunities.

Videos - available for viewing at the Careers Resource Centre (ask
at the Information Desk)
      Discover R.E. Teaching

Careers Service Talks

'Teaching as a Career' and 'Insight into Teaching' normally feature in the
Careers Service Programme of Events. For further details visit our online
Events Guide –


Graduate Teachers’ Training Registry (GTTR)
The GTTR Guide for Applicants Course Entry and Application Form for
applicants are available on the website from August. All applications are

GTTR, Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ.
Tel: 0870 112205

Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)
TDA Communication Centre,
PO Box 3210, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 3WA
TTA website - www.
Teaching information Line: 0845 6000 991 Fax: 01245 261 668

Government website resource developed to support the profession.

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Teaching Acronyms

AST      Advanced Skill Teacher

DCSF     Department for Children, Schools and Families

GTP      Graduate Teacher Programme

GTTR     Graduate Teacher Training Registry

HEI      Higher Education Institution

ITT      Initial Teacher Training

LEA      Local Education Authority

NQT      Newly Qualified Teacher

OFSTED   Office for Standards in Education

OTT      Overseas Trained Teacher(s)

OTTP     Overseas Trained Teachers Programme

PGCE     Postgraduate Certificate of Education

QTS      Qualified Teacher Status

SCITT    School Centred Initial Teacher Training

TILE     Teaching in London Event

TDA      Training and Development Agency for Schools

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