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Teacher training options

The next step in pursuing a career in teaching is to plan for the best way to achieve your qualified teacher status (QTS). This enables you to teach across state-maintained schools across England and Wales, and will mean completing a programme of initial teacher training (ITT). ITT helps you develop the skills you need to become an effective teacher.

What are my options?

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Find out about the many different ITT options available to potential trainee teachers.

Postgraduate certificate in education

Postgraduate certificate in education

Find out about eligibility and applying for the postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

School-centred initial teacher training

School-centred initial teacher training

Graduates who want to train in a school environment should consider school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT).

The Graduate Teacher Programme

The Graduate Teacher Programme

On the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP), you can attain QTS while training and working in a paid teaching role.

Teach First

Teach First trains its participants to be effective teachers and leaders in challenging schools.

Overseas Trained Teacher Programme

This programme is designed for teachers who qualified outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Registered Teacher Programme

Be employed by a school, earn a salary, complete your degree and work towards QTS, all at the same time.

BA/BSc with QTS

A BA or BSc with QTS is an honours degree that also incorporates teacher training.

Bachelor of Education

A bachelor of education (BEd) course enables you to study for your degree and complete your ITT at the same time.

Assessment-based training

Some candidates with substantial school experience may be able to qualify with minimal teacher training.

Assessment Only route to QTS

Find out about the new Assessment Only (AO) route to QTS for very experienced teachers with a degree.

Choose a course

Access information on choosing the right ITT course and provider.

Training providers

These resources and links can help you find the right training provider for your needs.

TDA Tracker

  • 30% more people are training to teach physics than in 2010
  • Every 3.5 minutes someone applies for postgraduate teacher training
  • 17 people apply for postgraduate teacher training every hour
  • Salaries for newly qualified teachers start from £21k–£27k
  • Bursaries: You could get £20k tax-free for courses starting in 2012
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