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) to consolidate learning from initial teacher training.
The trainee will undertake a 6 week (Term 3) contrasting placement. This will be organised by the Professional Mentor at your base school.
You will require a GCSE grade C or grade 4 in English and Mathematics above or equivalent qualifications.
You will require an honours degree 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
An awareness of the teaching profession with the capacity to thrive in a demanding and fast moving environment.
The salary given will be at least point one on the unqualified teachers’ pay scale.
The employer will pay the apprenticeship levy.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Welcome to Valley Invicta Teacher Training (VITT).
VITT is part of Valley Invicta Academies Trust (VIAT), which is made up of Ofsted-rated outstanding and good schools, and offers a wealth of experience and diversity.
The decision to train with VITT is one of the most important choices that you will make. We have a strong teaching and learning ethos where every student encounters stimulating and intellectual challenges, but equally every trainee is supported and challenged by their mentors to craft their teaching skills and develop practice. This ensures that every member of a VITT school can focus on their individual needs; building self-confidence, self-esteem and preparing for future opportunities.
Every member of staff is unique and we recognise that what suits one might not suit another, therefore, we provide a structured training and development programme designed to support you at each stage of your career, combined with bespoke development opportunities and a range of benefits.
If you have applied for a Teaching Apprenticeship 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 successful at the university stage, you will then be invited to a school-based interview. 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
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
VITT recruits our trainees on their individual merit.
VITT c/o Invicta Grammar School Huntsman Lane, Maidstone Kent ME14 5DS
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