Detailed guide: Postgraduate teaching apprenticeships: guidance for providers

Overview

The postgraduate teaching apprenticeship is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) route that combines paid work with on- and off-the-job training, qualifications, and progression. It allows candidates to train to become qualified teachers. It will be available to trainees starting in September 2018.

The introduction of the postgraduate teaching apprenticeship does not affect current initial teacher training routes, such as School Direct.

This information is for ITT providers and schools who would like to offer postgraduate teaching apprenticeships.

This guidance is not a replacement for independent advice and providers should ensure they take appropriate legal and other advice before making any changes to their teacher training offer. The Department for Education and the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) accept no liability whatsoever for any expense, liability, loss, claim or proceedings arising from reliance placed on this guidance.

If you are interested in applying to start your teacher training and want to know more about how to apply for a place on the postgraduate teaching apprenticeship, please visit Get into Teaching.

What’s involved

As with School Direct (salaried) you will decide the overall structure of the apprenticeship, but the apprentice must spend 20% of their time in off-the-job training, designed to build up their skills, knowledge and competence in the classroom.

Having completed their training, the apprentice must demonstrate the knowledge, skills and behaviours contained within the Teachers’ standards.

Apprentices will work towards attaining qualified teacher status (QTS). They will need to meet the apprenticeships standard and will need to pass an end-point assessment as required for all apprenticeships. The end goal of becoming a qualified teacher will stay the same.

During the apprenticeship programme, the apprentice must successfully complete a programme of ITT, leading to the award of QTS.

After completion of a course of ITT, you will assess whether the trainee has met the standards required to be awarded QTS, and make this recommendation to NCTL in the usual way.

The apprentice will then go on to complete an end-point assessment in their fourth term. This will help to consolidate their learning. An assessor from an end-point assessment organisation (an accredited ITT provider who has been separate from the training process) conducts the assessment, helping to quality assure their training and development. The assessment has 2 components: a lesson observation and a professional discussion. Both will increase the apprentice’s readiness for the profession. Details of on-programme activity is outlined in the approved end-point assessment.

You will need to record apprentices in the same way as other ITT routes, via the data management system (DMS) or Higher Education Data and Analysis (HESA) and on the individual learner record data so that they can be issued with a teacher training number (TRN) if not already issued.

Who can offer postgraduate teaching apprenticeships

Accredited initial training providers and School Direct lead schools that have successfully applied to the register of apprenticeship training providers can offer the teaching apprenticeships.

If you also wish to provide the apprenticeship end-point assessment, you will also need to register on the register of end-point assessment organisations.

School Direct partnerships

Schools that want to employ a teaching apprentice will have to join an existing School Direct partnership, or form a new partnership.

Joining an existing School Direct partnership is recommended. This enables greater opportunities to share expertise, meet the employment expectation, and implement efficient management and administration of the programme. It also brings economies of scale in negotiations with teacher training providers.

Training providers must decide with the employing school and the lead school within the partnership whether they want to offer an apprenticeship place.

If you are in an existing School Direct partnership, or joining an existing School Direct partnership, the lead school will need to sign a revised grant funding agreement.

Lead schools will need to update their partnership agreements to include postgraduate teaching apprenticeship arrangements.

If you wish to register to become a lead school for a new partnership on our data management system you should contact itt.allocations@education.gov.uk for advice on the criteria and process.

Applications

You can find out more about setting up and managing postgraduate teaching apprenticeship programmes through the UCAS Teacher Training scheme on the UCAS website. To access this, you will need to sign in to the secure providers’ section of UCAS. If you have not yet registered, you can do so on the UCAS website.

If you wish to offer an apprenticeship in place of a School Direct (salaried) place, you should ensure that it is clear on your UCAS profile that a School Direct (salaried) place may switch to an apprenticeship place. To do this your provider profile should state:

  • changes to offered and applied places are voluntary, not imposed
  • the academic year in which School Direct (salaried) places may change to apprenticeship places (2018 to 2019 academic year)
  • how and when the provider will notify applicants of the change to places

Once you have decided whether you are offering an apprenticeship, please follow the instructions on the UCAS website. If you offer both School Direct (salaried) places and apprenticeship places, you will need to ensure both options are listed (you should ensure that any changes are done in accordance with the terms of use between UCAS and yourself). You should place an advert on recruit an apprentice, but all applications will continue to be channelled through UCAS Teacher Training.

Where you have already recruited an applicant to a School Direct (salaried) place, we recommend that you have their agreement before changing the place to an apprenticeship place. If you have already offered an applicant a School Direct (salaried) place, you should not rescind your offer, unless you have clearly and explicitly reserved the right to do so.

Allocation of places

NCTL is responsible for the allocation of ITT places in England that attract government funding and lead to the award of QTS.

We communicated the allocation of places for School Direct (tuition fee), School Direct (salaried) and provider-led courses due to start in 2018 to 2019 in September 2017.

We established 2 categories for allocations:

  • unlimited allocations: recruitment to subjects in this category is unrestricted
  • fixed allocations: recruitment to subjects in this category is limited by the number of places allocated

For the purposes of implementing the apprenticeship, you should treat School Direct (salaried) places as apprenticeship places.

You are able to offer and run both School Direct (salaried) and the apprenticeship simultaneously, and are able to choose how many School Direct (salaried) places you use as apprenticeship places for the 2018 to 2019 recruitment cycle. You should be mindful of the approach to unlimited and fixed allocations when considering your offer.

Schools that did not bid for School Direct (salaried) places in the allocations window held earlier this year can also recruit apprentices if they wish to do so and should contact NCTL for further advice. For further information, please read the information on School Direct partnerships.

You will be asked to inform NCTL about the number of apprenticeship places and School Direct (salaried) places which have been recruited to. We will contact you at a later date about this process.

Costs

The full costs of training and the trainee’s salary will need to be met by the School Direct partnership. Employers will be able to access funding as outlined below to help cover these costs.

There is a completion element for the apprenticeship which is 20% of either the total price of training or the funding band maximum, whichever is lower. This 20% is only released to the training provider when the apprentice completes their programme.

Funding to help meet the cost of an apprentice

Employers that pay into the apprenticeship levy will be able to use up to £9,000 of funding from their apprenticeship service account to cover the cost of training and assessing the apprentice.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency has set funding rules which detail what the funding can be spent on. The guidance also explains how employers that do not pay the levy or who have insufficient funds in their digital account can access funding to support the training and assessment of an apprentice. The government will pay 90% of the costs of training and assessment for the apprenticeship (up to the £9,000 apprenticeship funding band maximum) and the school will pay the remaining 10% for schools who either:

  • do not pay the apprenticeship levy
  • pay the levy but have used all of the funding in their digital apprenticeship accounts

Find out more about apprenticeship funding.

Grant funding

We will provide grant funding to lead schools in partnerships employing postgraduate apprenticeship trainees. This grant funding is in addition to funding available from the Education and Skills Funding Agency and will be payable at the following rates:

There are no grants available for art, business studies, drama, physical education or other subjects not listed above.

If you are a new ITT provider or lead school for the apprenticeship in the academic year 2018 to 2019 and have not previously received a training bursary or grant funding, you will need to complete the relevant grant funding agreement. This is an agreement between the ITT provider or lead school, and NCTL. It stipulates how you should treat the grant funding.

Your accounting officer should complete the form and sign Annex A of the grant funding agreement and return the full document to gfa.nctl@education.gov.uk. We will need to receive and accept this document before any funding is released.

We will publish the grant funding agreement in due course.

Apprentice salaries

Postgraduate teacher apprentices working in maintained schools must be paid in accordance with at least point one on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale for the period of their training. Further information is available in C4.1 of the initial teacher training criteria and supporting advice.

Non-maintained schools, academies and free schools have the freedom and flexibility to adopt pay arrangements that best reflect their local circumstances. They will need to ensure that pay rates are clearly advertised to the apprentice beforehand.

Apprentices should be paid as full-time employees.

Apprentice entry criteria

The entry criteria for postgraduate teaching apprenticeship will be the same as for other teacher training routes.

Applicants must have:

  • the equivalent to a grade 4 in GCSE English and mathematics
  • a degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification
  • successfully completed the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy

If trainees intend to train to teach pupils aged 3 to 11, they will also need a standard equivalent to a grade 4 GCSE a science subject. More information is available in the approved standard.

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Detailed guide: Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2018 to 19

Overview

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is responsible for:

  • managing bursary and grant funding associated with initial teacher training (ITT)
  • monitoring the public cost of student loans accessed by trainees

For the 2018 to 2019 academic year we’ll manage recruitment at a national level. The allocations methodology for the academic year 2018 to 2019 will be published by NCTL in due course.

This guidance refers to ITT funding for the academic year 2018 to 2019. For the academic year 2017 to 2018 please see Funding: initial teacher training (ITT), academic year 2017 to 2018.

Tuition fee routes

The following scholarships and bursaries are available to trainee teachers.

Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status.

Availability is dependent on the highest relevant academic award and the ITT subject. To receive a bursary or scholarship trainees must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria.

Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary, or should consult their chosen training provider.

Scholarships

Graduates with a 2:1 and above, who are passionate about their subject and have the potential to be inspirational teachers can apply for a scholarship with the appropriate professional body. As well as the financial award, scholars will receive a package of additional benefits provided by the professional bodies.

Trainees with a 2:2 may be awarded a scholarship in exceptional circumstances, if they have significant relevant experience.

Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot receive a bursary. Trainees who aren’t awarded a scholarship are eligible for a bursary.

Bursaries

Secondary mathematics early-career payments

Secondary mathematics trainees will receive 2 additional early-career payments of £5,000 each (£7,500 if teaching in specified areas of England) in their third and fifth year of teaching, if they have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their teacher training course. These amounts are after tax, so teachers will receive the full amount as stated.

For more information, please read the mathematics early-career payments guidance.

Primary mathematics

Primary mathematics trainees, with at least a B at A level in mathematics (or equivalent), will be eligible for a bursary of £6,000.

Undergraduate bursary

A training bursary for final year undergraduates of £9,000 is available for trainees on courses in secondary mathematics and physics that lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). The bursary is available to undergraduate trainees who enrol on a QTS course starting in the 2018 to 2019 academic year, and is payable in the final year of their course.

The same £9,000 training bursary is available to trainees on an opt-in secondary undergraduate mathematics, physics, computing or languages course that leads to QTS. The bursary is available to undergraduate trainees who enrol on a QTS course in the 2018 to 2019 academic year, and is payable in the final year of their course.

For both of these courses, trainees who are on a 4-year undergraduate course that leads to the award of QTS and that also leads to the award of a Master’s degree receive a £9,000 bursary in both the third and fourth years of their course.

The training bursary guide for the academic year 2018 to 2019 will be published in due course.

School Direct salaried route

On the School Direct (salaried) training route the full costs of training and the trainee’s salary need to be met by the partnership. We provide grants to School Direct lead schools to contribute to these costs. Amounts vary on a regional basis.

Find out which areas are covered by the definitions for inner London, outer London and London fringe.

High priority subjects: secondary mathematics, physics, chemistry, classics, computing, languages

Other priority subjects: English, biology, design and technology, geography, history, music and religious education

Primary (non-specialist)

Primary mathematics specialist and primary mathematics specialism

This funding only applies to trainees with at least a B at mathematics A Level or equivalent and on primary mathematics specialist/specialism courses.

Qualifications in addition to QTS, such as a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), are not funded.

School Direct (salaried) trainees on the salaried route are not eligible for bursaries or scholarships.

All recipients of School Direct (salaried) grant funding must agree to the grant funding agreement: terms and conditions.

The School Direct (salaried) funding manual for the academic year 2018 to 2019 will be published in due course.

Grant funding agreements

If you’re a new ITT provider or lead school for School Direct in the academic year 2018 to 2019 and haven’t previously received training bursary or School Direct (salaried) grant funding, you’ll need to complete the relevant grant funding agreement. This is an agreement between the ITT provider or lead school, and NCTL. It stipulates how you should treat the grant funding.

Your accounting officer should complete the form and sign Annex A of the grant funding agreement and return the full document to gfa.nctl@education.gov.uk. We’ll need to receive and accept this document before any funding for the academic year 2018 to 2019 is released.

The grant funding agreement templates are:

The grant funding agreements for training bursaries and School Direct (salaried) will be published in due course.

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE)

We’re committed to the use of SKE to support ITT recruitment in priority subjects. We expect ITT providers and lead schools offering these subjects to consider offering SKE.

To support recruitment to ITT, SKE funding will be available in secondary mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, computing, design and technology, English, geography, languages and primary mathematics. Funding can now be requested for SKE programmes.

For more information read the SKE funding manual.

Allocated funds

Providers are allocated funds which include the postgraduate ITT training bursaries and SKE financial support. They’re responsible for passing on bursary funding to trainees.

Providers and lead schools can use the ITT funding extranet to view:

  • their current training places
  • their payment profile
  • a detailed breakdown of the funding they receive

Financial requirements for providers

ITT providers who receive NCTL funding must submit independently audited accounts each year.

The financial statements must confirm that funds provided by NCTL were used only in accordance with the provision of the Education Act 1994 (as amended by the Education Act 2005 Act), the financial memorandum and all other terms and conditions that NCTL has set. All ITT providers are ultimately responsible to NCTL for the proper stewardship of the funds paid to them.

Specific requirements set out in the financial memorandum are that providers shall:

  • keep proper accounting records and prepare accounts that are consistent with NCTL requirements
  • submit a copy of their accounts to NCTL
  • provide NCTL with information on the number of students registered at the institution and on other courses funded either wholly or in part by NCTL

Previous incentive schemes: Golden Hello

This scheme is now closed to all trainees starting their ITT in, or after, the academic year 2011 to 2012. Trainees who started their ITT course before 1 August 2011 can still receive the incentive. Local authorities and academies with eligible trainees can claim reimbursement for the Golden Hello Scheme.

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