Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes are a nationally-recognised, work-based route into teaching. It is an alternative to a traditional full-time university course, offering a postgraduate-level qualification, no tuition fees, and the opportunity to earn while you learn.
Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships are available for prospective primary and secondary school teachers in England. You’ll be employed by a school while you learn on the job. If you’re currently working as an unqualified teacher or teaching assistant, it offers new opportunities for career progression, plus higher earning capacity, recognition, and status. You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching and off-the-job training as you to work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes combine paid work with on and off-the-job training. The design of the programme has been led by a group of experienced schools and teachers, specifically for apprentices. Apprentices will split their time between school and university study. You’ll receive practical, school-led training alongside experienced staff, and spend at least 20% of your time off-timetable to learn the pedagogy of teaching in addition to working towards QTS on successful completion of the course, apprentices will also complete an end point assessment (EPA) after the summer to consolidate learning from initial teacher training.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COURSE COMMENCES IN JUNE 2021. IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN AWARDED YOUR DEGREE BY THAT DATE, YOU WILL NOT BE ELIGIBILE.
On the Apprenticeship route, you have applied to train at and be employed by a specific school and, following interview, will have been offered and accepted a place at that school.
You will start at your school in June 2021 and will have a few days of induction to settle you in. You’ll stay at this school until February half term and will be on site most of the week; on some weeks you may have additional training blocks at university. You’ll be very much part of the school and the more you join in, the more you’ll get out.
After February half term, you will move to another school for your short second placement which lasts for most of the second half of the spring term. This second placement is sorted by the Lead school late in the Christmas term and under the directive given by the ITT criteria, must provide a contrasting experience to your host school. As with all second placements, you must expect up to 40 minutes travel. If you have a child in a school in the partnership, you wouldn’t be placed there, so please make this known early on.
You will return to your host school for the last week of the Spring term and the whole of the summer term. You would expect to be awarded QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) by July, but must still undertake an End Point Assessment (EPA) in term 4 of your training. This will be a lesson observation and professional discussion carried out by an independent assessor.
You must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes:
◾ A degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised
◾ A standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE
examinations in English and mathematics.
◾ As teaching involves working with children on a daily basis, there are
also some non-academic requirements you’ll need to meet.
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in this particular age range. Strong subject knowledge will make your training year easier.
You must like working with young people and making a difference to their lives; resilience and patience are also key qualities.
Although school experience is no longer a compulsory requisite, we do feel that you should have a basic understanding of the challenges of education before you commence your training.
Your pay will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale, your relevant experience will determine your starting point on this scale. It will be in the region of £17,000.
The university course fees will be paid for by your school from the levy.
Note that the bursaries available for shortage subjects make the tuition route an equally viable option for some.
With Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programmes, you won’t need to pay any tuition fees. You’ll be employed by a school, and salaries will differ between employers. Please check with your chosen training providers before you apply.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
The Millais Alliance (TMA) is an excellent partnership to train and work in. Our vision is straightforward but powerful - ‘the highest standards of education and care’. We prepare our young people to be global citizens ready to take on the world.
We have a proven record of working with trainee teachers for many years and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they offer to the school community. We encourage our trainees to join in from Day 1. We have excellent in-school mentors who will support trainees in their training year and raise confidence in their classroom practice.
Our partnership of schools is led by Millais School, in the first cohort of designated Teaching Schools in 2011, and re-designated in 2015. We are an inspirational West Sussex partnership of 17 primary schools, 12 secondary schools and a Sixth Form College, many with Outstanding Ofsted ratings. The range of schools working together gives the opportunity to experience cross-phase observation in another of our Alliance schools regardless of the chosen phase being trained in.
Students across the partnership are happy, friendly and well-behaved and are at the heart of everything we do. Both staff and students are ambitious and confident. Many consistently out-perform their peers nationally and make significantly greater progress.
Our staff are our most valuable resource and have a proven track record in training and professional development. They are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.
About the accredited body
The University of Brighton is one of the UK’s largest providers of teacher training; we’ve been educating teachers for over 100 years. Our work in initial teacher education provision has been rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Our strength lies with our school-led partnership, one that works to ensure trainee teachers receive the best possible support and education. Through our partnership we work closely with over 600 schools and colleges across the region.
Our students develop the skills and knowledge needed to be great educators, able to change our societies for the better.
If you have applied for a Teaching Apprenticsehip place with us, you need to expect two interview stages - the first with the university, the second with the school offering the place.
The university interview will be with staff from the School of Education and the department of your subject. They will also want to check your documentation to ensure you are eligible and compliant, so it’s worth looking for the originals of GCSE, degree and marriage certificates before that interview. If you haven’t got them, or haven’t yet finished your degree, you will be given time to order copies and showing then to the university will become part of any conditional offer you might be made. Copies can take up to six weeks and there is a charge, so factor that in to your planning. If successful at the university stage, you will then be invited to a school-based interview which will take two to three hours. You will be expected to:
◾ teach a short part of a lesson on a specific topic; you’ll be given
information as to the numbers in the group, their ability and the
point they are at in that topic.
◾ give a short presentation to the interview panel – this is likely to
consist of senior subject and leadership staff, possibly the
◾ complete a written task
If you are unsuccessful at the university stage, it is unlikely that the school will proceed any further with your application.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Our alliance schools will explore assistance options with disabled trainee teachers and seek specialist advice from relevant agencies on the equipment and support that can be made available. Any assessment of teachers’ needs within the school would closely involve the individuals, providing personalised support.
Some of our schools have older buildings where modern adjustments have not been possible, so any accessibility issues would be overcome through flexible timetabling in suitable classrooms near disabled facilities.