The University of Wolverhampton is offering a 2024 cohort to train Primary and Secondary Post Graduate Teaching Apprentices.
Primary and secondary emplyment-based routes to qualified teacher status – enable schools to retain current staff whilst they train to gain QTS Employment-based routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) are aimed at career changers, or those who are currently employed in a school. Candidates can earn a salary whilst training to gain QTS. Employment-Based routes are available for both primary and secondary teaching with tuition fees for Apprenticeships covered by the apprenticeship levy. There are two full-time routes available: the School Direct Salaried route runs from September to June (1 academic year), and the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship, which currently begins in June and is completed in July the following academic year (13 months). This route is likely to be reduced to a 9-month route in line with other ITT routes in the near future. Significant additional funding is available to schools to support these routes for Secondary Priority Subjects (Between £6,000 and £27,000 grant funding is available). Please click here for additional SDS and PGTA grant funding details.
Entry criteria (Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship and School Direct Salaried)
Candidates must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for employment-based routes:
The entry requirements are as stated in the ITT criteria (September, 2024) that all entrants have:
• The equivalent of grade 4 in GCSE English and mathematics (and a science subject for those training to teach the primary age phase).
• A degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
• Been successful in a rigorous selection process to assess a candidate’s suitability to train to teach, this interview is conducted with university staff. The employer will also undertake a school assessment to support the selection process.
School training report
• The costs of training and the trainee teacher’s salary are met by the employer (levy or grant funding, may contribute where relevant).
• A mentor at school and a subject/phase specialist tutor at the University will support training and professional development throughout the year.
• Trainees working in maintained schools must be paid in accordance with at least point one of the unqualified teachers’ pay scale for the period of their training and should be paid as full-time employees.
• A timetable is provided to enable training in the relevant age / phase/ curriculum areas.
• 20% off the job training time is provided, with a timetable which builds up teaching responsibilities each term from 30% – 75%.
• A second school placement is completed to enable trainees to teach pupils from different backgrounds, as well as gaining experience of different approaches to teaching and to school organisation and management.
H ow will training take place?
University training days are built into the routes. Training days cover the University’s core content curriculum with specialist lecturers and school practitioners providing lectures, workshops and seminars to support a personalised training programme. A portfolio of evidence is collated to demonstrate that the requirements for QTS have been met, alongside one academic assignment which provides 20 Masters level credits which can be used to continue with Masters level study. Mentor training and university mentor accreditation is provided for mentors in schools.
Want to find out more? Please contact course leaders:
Sue Giacoletto (Secondary) S.Giacoletto@wlv.ac.uk
Palo Kaur (Account Manager – Apprenticeship Hub) Palo@wlv.ac.uk
Expression of Interest packs to be returned by March 2024 to course leaders.