School-led training

On a school-led course you’ll be part of school life and work with experienced teachers from day one.

You can earn while you learn on some courses and be a qualified teacher after 1 year’s training.

If you haven’t got a degree, you’ll need to complete a degree first or consider undergraduate university-led training.

Your options

School Direct

  • The salaried option is an employment-based route. This training route tends to suit graduates with some previous work experience. You’ll earn a training salary while you train and won’t need to pay any fees.
  • The non-salaried or tuition fee option is unpaid. You pay a course fee but may get funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries or scholarships.

Training is run by a school or group of schools. They work closely with a university or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider, to accredit successful trainees.

School-centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

  • These programmes are school-led with an ITT provider. Training is mainly school-based. SCITT providers offer School Direct or Tuition Fee training.

Teach First

  • Supports high quality graduates to become leaders in low income communities. Following six weeks of intensive training, you’ll teach in a school for two years while working towards a PGCE.

Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships

  • Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are a work-based route into teaching. In addition to working towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), apprentices complete an End-Point Assessment (EPA).
I went on to train to become a teacher while I was working in a school.

Local training providers

For more training providers, see the Department for Education website.

Karen’s story

Karen trained while working as a teaching assistant in Bexhill. Read more about Karen’s story.

“I feel that I have achieved what I have always wanted to do.”
Teacher circles Karen