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Routes into teaching 

If you are looking for guidance on the different routes into teaching, we would recommend that you take a look at the following government website for the most update to date information and routes available.

Applications are made via the UCAS website.

The University School Trust works with university and trust partners to provide a wide range of initial teacher training opportunities. We are committed to developing the next  generation  of teachers and offer a variety  of ITT routes alongside our partners.

School Centered Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

The SCITT  course is entirely school centred providing classroom based, practical training, underpinned by a weekly educational studies programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The course is full time over 38 weeks (term time only). Trainees will receive an immersive training programme where they are working alongside outstanding teachers with current and relevant experience.

The salaried route is usually reserved for applicant  who have considerable experience in school, e.g people who have worked as Teaching Assistants. The tuition only route is open to anyone who successfully completes the recruitment process.

In the secondary phase we work in partnership with an Ofsted outstanding provider City Excellence in Teaching based in Tower Hamlets. In recent years we have been able to offer both the School Direct salaried and tuition fee route which is unsalaried.

In the Foundation school (primary phase) we work with our Ofsted outstanding associate partner London East Teacher Training Alliance (LETTA) If you would like to find out more, then follow the link. Similar to our secondary schools we have been able to offer the salaried and tuition route.

Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)

The UST schools work in partnership with University College London, King’s College London, the University of Greenwich and the University of East London. A PGCE course leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for the 11-to-16 age range, which qualifies you to be a teacher in secondary schools in England and Wales. Where possible, courses give you the chance to gain experience in the 11-to-18 age range. PGCE courses can vary across ITT providers, follow the links below to find out more about their PGCE course and what to expect.

We are able to offer placements in both our school and primary schools. If you would like to find out more, then follow the links to our UST partners. 

Teach First

The UST secondary schools have  a long and valued partnership with Teach First. If you are considering this route into teaching, then contact Teach First directly.

Researchers in School (RiS)

The RIS Programme offers a tailored route into teaching exclusively for PhD graduates. It is specifically designed to utilise your academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities.

The programme is designed to run over three years, with participants achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in their first year and completing their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year in year two. Participants are placed in non-selective, secondary schools, supported to become excellent new teachers and research leaders, and have access to research associate status at a selective university.

St. Paul’s Way Trust have successfully worked with RiS since its introduction to successfully train post - doctoral researchers as teachers. RiS participants have a number of opportunities to share their subject expertise and research skills e.g thought running The Brilliant Club, undergraduate talks with pupils and begin involved in research projects.

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Assessment only route

This route is open to teachers who fit the criteria and the school believes are experience and skilled enough to move straight to Qualified teacher Status. This might include teachers that have trained abroad but their qualification is not recognised in the UK or people who have been working an unqualified teachers for a period of time. Teachers gaining Qualified Teacher Status through this route will normally already be employed in one of the Trust schools as an unqualified teacher.

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Now Teach

Now teach supports career changers into teaching. The programme is delivered in partnership with teacher training providers over a tow year period. The course leads to QTS. 

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If you would like to find out the specific routes on offer at each of the UST schools, follow the links.

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