Initial Teacher Training

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Are you looking for new opportunities and the chance to develop new skills while pursuing a professional career pathway?  Do you want to join a profession where you can make a real difference to the lives of children and young people?

Now is the time to explore opportunities to train to teach in Primary or Secondary education.

Routes into teaching



The salaried route into teaching requires employment by a school.  As a salaried trainee your tuition fees will be paid for and you will be expected to plan, teach and assess students from the beginning of your employment and subsequent training course.



As a non-salaried trainee, you will be expected to attend a school placement and you will be given days off to participate in the core programme at your ITT provider.  The course costs up to £9,250 per year.



If you have not yet obtained a degree then you can gain QTS as part of an undergraduate degree course.  The cost is typically £9,250 and the length of training can be anywhere from 1-4 years based on your provider and circumstances.


Assessment-Only Route

This route does not require additional teacher training however, candidates must have had relevant school experience, usually in at least two schools and hold a degree.  The candidate will be required to show evidence that they meet the standards in order to obtain QTS. 


In order to begin your teacher training you must have the correct qualifications including:

  • A degree

  • A GCSE English qualification grade 4 (C) or above

  • A GCSE Maths qualification grade 4 (C) or above

  • A GCSE Science qualification grade 4 (C) or above for a Primary course

If you completed your qualifications abroad, you can contact UK ENIC for a statement of comparability


If you do not have the required GCSE qualifications, you can take an equivalency test.  Check with your ITT provider to see which companies they recommend.

How to apply

Applications can be made through the new service called ‘Apply’ and completed online at 


You can register with the DfE who will provide an Advisor to offer one-to-one support with:

  • getting school experience

  • funding your course

  • choosing the right training

  • writing your personal statement

  • interview tips

Applications can be submitted from October for courses starting the following academic year.

For more information about funding click HERE



If you choose to apply to a non-salaried course, you may be eligible for financial support including bursaries, scholarships and student finance loans during your training period.


You should check with your chosen provider to find out the course fees for the academic year.

Bursaries are available for certain subjects.  For the training year 2022-23, trainees with a 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or Master’s are eligible for the following bursaries.


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Changing Careers

Now Teach is a charity whose vision is a world where children benefit because talented people, who’ve already had successful careers, become teachers and bring their skills and experiences to the schools that need them most.


They work alongside schools and training providers to offer advice, support, events and resources tailored to the needs of career changers as well as membership of a national career change network.


You can find out more and sign up for their information events on their website. 

Click HERE to find out more.