2Qualifications, teaching phases & subjects What we will cover todayYour teaching careerThe rewards of teachingTraining routes& fundingWhat makes a good application?Qualifications, teaching phases & subjects
3The current situationToday’s presentation will take you through your options for teacher training as they stand for entry in September 2011.As you may be aware on 24th November the Department for Education published the Schools White Paper - ‘The Importance of Teaching’.The White Paper sets a new direction of travel for initial teacher training (ITT).Proposals for the future have been published and are at the consultation stage3
5Question 1What is the minimum starting salary for a new qualified teacher (NQT) ?a) £18,500b) £16,422c) £21,588Answer: £21,000 (£21,102)
6The rewards of teaching Leadership£37,461£105,097AST£37, 461£56,950Upper pay scale£34,181£36,756Main scale£21,588£31,552
7The rewards of teaching Teachers enjoy up to 12 weeks’ holiday a year, giving them opportunities to pursue their personal interests and spend time with their families.Teaching offers the flexibility to fit your work to your life through job-sharing and part-time work.Teachers have a generous occupational pension scheme with guaranteed benefits.All about how you organise your time so flexibility is therePensions in the news teaching still has good one
8Qualifications, teaching phases & subjects in demand
9If you want to teach at primary level and KS2/3 Question 3What minimum qualifications do you need to become a teacher ?a) A degreeb) Maths GCSEAll at grade C or above (or equivalent)c) English GCSEd) Science GCSEIf you want to teach at primary level and KS2/3Answer: £21,000 (£21,102)
10What phase ?PrimaryYou teach pupils between the ages of 4 and 11, spending most of your school day with your own class.At primary level you will teach all the subjects of the primary curriculum. Your training will prepare you to teach these core subjects.SecondaryYou usually teach pupils between the ages of 11 and 18. Most secondary teachers have one specialist subject.Every teacher trains to work with at least two consecutive ages at either primary or secondary level.Courses are funded for home and eu students
11Subjects in demandIf you believe you would make a good physics, chemistry or maths teacher but you have a degree in another subject, you can enhance your subject knowledge by attending an enhancement course before starting your initial teacher training this year.If you have a language degree (or you are a native speaker with a degree in another subject) and need to develop a second language, we offer modern language (ML) enhancement courses in French and German which you can attend prior to starting a ML initial teacher training course this year.Courses are funded for home and eu students
13Training routes Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) - university-led training- full-time, part-time or flexible- distance learning- there are providers at this event offering PGCE coursesSchool-centred initial teacher training (SCITT)- school-based training- full-time- QTS only/PGCE- there are providers at this event offering SCITT courses
14Funding while you train Funding – PGCE & SCITTFunding while you trainBursary allowance (for trainees starting in 2011)On 31st January 2011 it was announced that the focus has been given to investment in the subjects where there are the most shortagesSubject Amount Physics £9,000 Chemistry Engineering Maths Biology £6,000 Combined/general science Modern foreign languages
15Training routes Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) - you are employed by a school as an unqualified teacherand you teach a reduced timetable- usually full time- competitive programme designed for graduates whowant to work in a school while they train- programme takes three terms full-time (although it ispossible to complete it earlier)- programmes can start at any time during the year, but mostbegin in September or January.- led by EBITTs (employment based initial teachertraining providers)- there are several EBITTs at this event
16Funding - GTPParticipants are paid upwards of £15,461 depending on responsibilities, experience and locationThe TDA provides each EBITT with a set number of grants which are then allocated to schools by the EBITT. These are available to State schools onlyUnsuccessful candidates’ schools can opt to self-fundIndependent schools must self-fund
17Training routes Overseas Trained Teacher Programme (OTT) - offers overseas trained teachers the opportunity to gain qualified teacher status (QTS) while working as a teacher- teachers trained in any European Economic area (EEA) country or Switzerland may be eligible for QTS under mutual recognition arrangements.- if training is needed, the maximum training programme is one year- if you are an overseas trained teacher, come and see us on the TDA stand and we will talk you through the programme in more detail
19Your teaching career Induction After your training, your first full year as a teacher is your induction yearDuring this year, you will teach an 80 per cent timetable and you have the support of an induction mentorYour mentor will help you learn how to manage behaviour, organise your time, and plan your lessonsYou will also have weekly meetings on teaching and subject content with your mentor and your head of department.
21Recruitment process PGCE & SCITT Check with the institution whether class of degree is importantCheck with the institution if degree content has sufficient subject specialism.Complete GTTR form onlineForm goes to first choice of provider only - 2 for primary, 4 for secondaryIf you meet the entry requirements the provider invites you to interview
22What are we looking for ?This is your moment to stand out from the restImportant to convey why you want to teachWhat you can offer and why you will make a good teacherHow you know that teaching is right for youWhat experience you have had in schools that has confirmed thisConvey your communication skills
23How to get schools experience Approach a local school in your areaBecome a regular volunteer or classroom assistantThe Teaching Information Line can also arrange for a teacher to give you a call at a time convenient to you or have a chat with one of the teachers at the ‘meet a teacher area’ in the main exhibition areaAll about how you organise your time so flexibility is therePensions in the news teaching still has good one
24Your interview Practical tips Use the internet to research the latest developments in educationTry the TDA’s interactive interview and application assistantLook at training providers’ websitesYou can find out more information on providers and their courses, visit
25Applying for an employment-based route The application process varies significantly across providersMust apply to an EBITT (use the TDA websiteMay be required to have the support of a schoolMay need to apply formally to schoolRemember - each EBITT is different
26www.teach.gov.uk for details How to applyPGCEGTTRSCITTGTTR or directEBITT (GTP)Seefor details
27Proposals - Introduction Last November the White Paper set out the Government’s vision for educational reform ‘At the heart of our plan is a vision of the teacher as our society’s most valuable asset’The WP said that we should continue to improve the recruitment, training and subsequent professional development of teachers and promised an ITT Strategy Document which is now out for consultationWhat follows are therefore proposals and you are advised to visit the DfE or TDA websites as the consultation progresses
28This consultation document proposes to take action in three main areas: first, to raise the bar for entry to initial training: attracting more of the highest achieving graduates and having higher expectations of the academic and interpersonal skills of those funded to train to teachsecond, to refocus government investment in teacher training so that it is effective in attracting and retaining in teaching more of the best graduates, especially in shortage subjects, andthird, to improve the routes through teacher training, so that it is easier to apply for teacher training and so that the nature and content of the training is more effective in preparing trainees to be successful in the classroom.
29Raising the bar and attracting more of the best Based on the evidence from this country and abroad, the coalition intends to strengthen the selection process for entry to teacher training in three ways:will raise the expectations of the academic achievement of trainees (Already published – only those with a 2:2 or above will qualify for ITT funding)will strengthen the assessment of literacy and numeracy, andwill increase the rigour of assessment of the candidates’ interpersonal skills.
30From September 2012, we propose that all those wishing to enter post-graduate teacher training should have to pass both a literacy test and a numeracy test. Candidates who fail one or both of the skills tests at the first attempt should be limited to two re-sits for each test. We propose to drop the IT skills test.We want there to be better testing of candidates’ interpersonal skills and we will expect all providers of ITT to assess these skills before accepting anyone onto training.We propose to look at the options for:providing a single system for applications to all courses – this gateway could also include initial numeracy and literacy tests, andhaving applications made in parallel to all teacher training providers.
31Reform of training School Commissioning A school or group of schools applies to the new Teaching Agency to be able to offer a training place. The school advertises the training place, including on a central list, selects a trainee and chooses an accredited ITT provider to work with to provide the training. If the trainee attracts DfE funding, including a training subsidy or bursary.The accredited provider administers payment of any bursary to the trainee.The provider may charge the trainee a tuition charge.Once the trainee has completed training and gained QTS, the school will be expected to employ the trainee. Priority will be given to the schools and subjects with the greatest need.
32Refocus government investment in teacher training on the best graduates, especially in shortage subjectsFrom September 2012, we will offer Department for Education funding to trainee teachers who hold a second class degree or higher. We also propose to offer larger financial incentives to trainees with higher class degrees. The table below gives an indication of how this might work in practiceHigh priority specialismsMedium priority specialismsOther secondary specialisms and primaryTraining bursary1st£20,000£13,000£90002.1£15,000£10,500£50002.2£11,500£4000Example subjectsMathematics, physics chemistryModern languages, IT, design and technology
33Refocus government investment in teacher training on the best graduates, especially in shortage subjectsWe plan to expand the number of GTP placesWe will focus allocations on undergraduate ITT courses where trainees are at least of the same quality as those on typical postgraduate courses.