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Routes into teacher training for undergraduates and graduates

ISC chairman, Barnaby Lenon, discusses different
ways in which you can embark upon a career in teaching

Teaching Qualifications

There are two routes into teaching. One is based at a university; the other is to train on the job. The first route means you get a qualification and then get a job. The second route means you get a job and then get a qualification. Independent schools are interested in academically strong undergraduates and graduates with a good degree relevant to the subject they will teach. If you want to work in the independent sector you can apply for a teaching job without teaching qualifications and, having got the job, then get trained in your school. Most graduate trainees want to gain a teaching qualification that has currency across sectors and countries. Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) gained while working in the independent or state maintained sector is transferable between sectors. This is a statutory qualification that is equally valid in which ever sector you have trained.

There are a number of recognised routes to gain Qualified Teacher Status, amongst them the most common are:

Although many starting a teaching career are new graduates, teaching is also an increasingly attractive choice for those wishing for a career change. Age is no barrier to training.

Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Year

Once you have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). You will continue your training as an NQT for a year. You will have a planned programme organised by your school and overseen by the NQT appropriate body (IStip for the vast majority of independent schools). Most schools in the independent sector and all schools in the state sector expect you to pass this NQT Induction year to be a fully qualified teacher.

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Routes into teacher training for undergraduates and graduates

Select your preferred route


School Direct Training (QTS)

School Direct allows you to do on the job training.

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Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) is an internationally recognised qualification.

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Assessment Only

The assessment only route is available for graduates who have taught unqualified for a number of years.

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