Your Teacher Training

Your teacher training takes place across Year 1. You’ll train with one of our regional Initial Teacher Education (ITE) providers one day a week and spend three days a week training on the job in school. To enhance your training and experience, you’ll spend some time in a second, contrasting school. The precise structure of this training will depend on your ITE provider and which ITE route you undertake: the salaried route or the bursary route. We provide two different options so we can find a training route which is suitable to your prior experience and circumstances – you can learn more about these routes below. Whichever route you end up on you’ll still become a fully qualified teacher, participate in bespoke RIS training and make a real difference to young people.

The Bursary Training Route

The recommended route for most applicants, providing a gradual introduction to teaching

The bursary route offers a competitive, tax-free bursary to support you in your training year, with participants moving on to the main teacher pay scale in Year 2 of the programme. You may also be eligible for tuition fee and/or maintenance loans to further support you in Year 1.

This is the most appropriate route for participants with limited or no experience of secondary education or working with young people. This route provides a more gradual increase in responsibility which allows you more time to get to grips with the classroom, shadowing and observing, whilst still ensuring that you meet the same standards as any other trainee by the end of Year 1, to achieve qualified teacher status.

More information on the government bursaries that you could be eligible to receive can be found on our salary pages and on the Department for Education’s website. The bursary you will be eligible for, depending on your subject, will be equivalent in value to whichever is the higher of the available scholarship or bursary for your training subject.

The Salaried Training Route

For those with experience and a desire for real challenge

A salaried route is available to candidates who have demonstrable experience of secondary education and display the potential and desire to undertake a more challenging, faster-paced route into teaching. On this route, we would expect our participants to be comfortable getting stuck in from the very beginning, teaching up to 90% of a qualified teacher’s workload from the start.

Instead of a bursary, you will receive a salary in your training year and throughout your time on the programme. Participants training to teach maths and physics will be awarded a salary uplift in Years 1 and 2 of the programme. This is paid by the Department for Education to recognise the acute need for this expertise in schools.

Information on the salaries available can be found on our salary page here. You will be able to express a preference for the salaried route on our application form, though the final decision on your suitability will rest with us. For more on this, please see our application process.

Which route is best for me?

Our approach to placing candidates is based on the demand from our partner teaching training providers and schools. 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. The bursary route also offers a much more gradual introduction to teacher training and builds up your workload incrementally. For these reasons, we expect candidates to be open to the idea of training via the bursary route wherever possible.

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.