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Routes into Teaching

Deciding on your best route into teaching can leave you scratching your head. Thankfully there are many flexible teacher training courses to suit your circumstances. This overview guide will help you understand some of the most popular choices of how to get you into this amazing profession and make a difference to the next generation.

The School Route

SCITT Route – School Centered Initial Teacher Training

PayUnsalaried
Course LengthGenerally one year
OverviewBased in the lead school from partnerships of training schools. Mentoring and training by outstanding and experienced teachers.
AssessmentE-Portfolios, observations, written assignments. QTS given, some given PGCE with some providers giving credits towards a masters.

The School and Higher Education Route

School Direct

PaySalaried
Course LengthGenerally one year
Overview2 school placements. Weekly mentoring with a subject leader. Training bespoke to trainee needs. 20%-80% teaching time.
AssessmentEvidence of quality classroom teaching. School based study. Critical reflective journal. QTS given with many given PGCE and credits towards a masters.

Researchers in Schools

PaySalaried for those finishing a doctorate
Course LengthTwo Years
OverviewSummer programme followed by school placements. Training from an outstanding training school. Time given for personal academic pursuits.
AssessmentClassroom observations and written university work. Qualifications bespoke to the academic route of the trainee. Gain a Degree. QTS given.

School Direct

PayUnsalaried
Course LengthGenerally one year
Overview2 school placements. Weekly mentoring with a subject leader. Training bespoke to trainee needs. 20%-80% teaching time.
AssessmentEvidence of quality classroom teaching. School based study. Critical reflective journal. QTS given with many given PGCE and credits towards a masters

Teach First

PayEarn while you work
Course LengthTwo Years (2:1 Degree minimum required)
OverviewWork in a challenging school. Summer training. Mentor is assigned to you. Leadership, business, mentoring, networking, coaching skills given to you.
AssessmentObservations, training opportunities in research. QTS given.

Troops to Teachers

PaySalaried
Course LengthTwo Years
OverviewGraduates train in a school or university. Non-Graduates in a school 4 days a week and 1 day a week in a university.
AssessmentEvidence files of written assignments, weekly journal, teaching observations, external assessment. PGCE awarded and QTS given after year 1. You can begin a 2 year masters in the second year.

The University Route

Undergraduate Route

PayUnsalaried
Course LengthFull time 3-4 years. Part time 4-6 years.
OverviewStudy for a Degree and train as a teacher both at the same time.
AssessmentReports, Essays, Presentations, Teaching Observations. Degree and QTS given.

Postgraduate Route

PayBursaries on some courses
Course LengthOne year
OverviewAfter completing your Degree. Trained by academics at a college or university with placements within schools.
AssessmentCritical Journals, Essays, Coursework, Teaching Observations. PGCE awarded and credits towards a masters.

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For each of these courses you will find more detail directly from the course provider. Employers are constantly searching for new talent to train up as teachers within their own bespoke and ever developing programs. Set your Email Alerts to stay updated on the most recent teacher training opportunities and jobs from Training Schools and other course providers on GTJobs.

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