Our Training Routes

Your teacher training takes place across Year 1. You’ll have regular training with one of our Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers and spend the rest of your time training on the job in your school. To enhance your training and experience, you’ll also spend time in a second, contrasting school.

The RIS programme offers two different teacher training routes to ensure that your experience is tailored to your prior experience and circumstances: the salaried route and the bursary route.

Which route is right for me?

You can learn more about these two routes below. Whichever route you are selected for, you’ll become a fully qualified teacher, participate in the same RIS training and make a real difference to young people!

More on training route preferences

The decision on your suitability for each route will rest with us, although you can express a preference on the application form. As schools tend to have many more bursary places than salaried places, the chance of a placement that matches your regional preferences are significantly higher on the bursary route.

Please note, depending on your current circumstances you may only be eligible to apply to one of the routes available. For a full list of eligibility criteria, please see here.

Further Information


Register your interest or start an application

To be reminded about upcoming application deadlines, you can sign your brief registration of interest form. If you’re ready to start your application, click below

Start your application


Read more about the application process

For more information on the application process, including an explanation of the various tasks you’ll be asked to complete, please click the button below

Application Process