Enrolling on our employment-based school-centred initial teacher training (EBSCITT) programme offers a world of opportunity to enhance your career and become a qualified teacher. Over a two year period, you will work towards qualified teacher status (QTS) without ever having to pay for tuition. This is often a major stumbling block for many graduates and want-to-be teachers who cannot justify the expensive PGCE costs.
We take that worry away. Our programme not only covers all of your PGCE tuition fees but you’re also paid a salary over a two year period. Our programme helps remove the financial burden of studying for a PGCE. We have strong relationships with schools across the UK since we’re part of one of the largest education recruitment organisations in the country. Our partner companies The Classroom Partnership and Connex Education have offices up and down the country so you’re likely to find an opportunity where you’re based.
What’s more, you’ll work in a school environment for two years, so, by the time you achieve QTS you’ll have more experience in a classroom than those who completed the PGCE through the traditional method.
What are the benefits of our programme?
Do I need experience?
No, but you do need loads of passion for education and a zest for life! Oh, and as you’ll get a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) then you’ll need a relevant degree too. We will give you all the relevant experience you need to allow you to start off your career on the best possible footing.
What is the recruitment process?
The recruitment process is designed to ensure you are the best fit for a school. It will encompass rigorous vetting by us in line with legal requirements and a competency-based interview before you are put forward to a school. The school may also interview you. There will also be a representative from the University Liaison Team who will speak with you too before you commence the programme.
At the end of your first year, you will also be required to attend an interview with the University ITE provider to be accepted on the PGCE course, however, you will have supporting evidence from your host school and ourselves to ensure this process is smooth. You will not be accepted on the 2nd year PGCE course without attending this interview.
When do I have to be available?
You will be required to work throughout term time for two years in order to qualify for your PGCE. There will also be an expectation to be available for training, which may be outside term time, however, these dates will be given with plenty of notice. It is an absolute condition of acceptance onto this programme that you attend these three separate week-long residential courses (one per term in year 2).
What if I decide that working in schools is not for me?
If you decide that working in education isn’t for you, then you are free to leave the placement at any time during the first 3 terms of work (year 1). The idea behind working in a supporting function for the first year is to give you a realistic view of the workload of a teacher.
Will I only work in one school?
The majority of your work over the two years will be in the same school, however, you will be expected to work for up to 6 weeks in a second school (within 50 miles of your host school) as part of your PGCE placement, to expose you to another working environment/year group. It is an absolute condition of acceptance onto this programme that you are able to attend this alternative school placement.
I only want to teach year 1, is this possible?
While we work to place you in a year group of your preference, the first 3 terms in your school will be across different year groups to fully immerse you in the school environment. We ask all our trainee teachers to be as flexible as possible. Once qualified, your PGCE with QTS will allow you to apply for permanent or supply roles at any key stage/year group in the UK and internationally.
Can I do it part time?
Unfortunately, this position is only available to full-time candidates, due to the time commitment needed to complete all relevant training.
What do I get in return?
You will be employed for 2 years (term time only) and receive a weekly/monthly salary as agreed. We will also pay your full tuition fees which normally cost between £6,000 and £9,000.
You will be supported 100% through the process by us and we will assign you a dedicated School Liaison Officer. Your host school will assign a dedicated Trainee Teacher Mentor and the university will assign an individual Tutor.
What happens at the end?
You will be awarded a PGCE with QTS and will be ready to start your career. Hopefully, you will secure a role in your host school, or we can work with you to secure a permanent/temporary position.
Starting salaries range from £22,917 up to £29,664 in London.
What happens next?
Send your CV and covering letter describing your interest in education.
After interviewing you, if you are successful, we will match you to a suitable school. The school will probably want to interview you as well unless a school has recommended you to us.
We will also perform our statutory checks on you, including a DBS and references. Once this has been done, we will arrange a start date for you and enrol you as an associate student at the university.