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DfE’s Apply for teacher training: FAQs

7 May 2020

In November 2019, the Department for Education (DfE) launched a new teacher training application service, Apply for teacher training.

Apply for teacher training is now live, and is already being used by 110 providers to recruit candidates to over 1500 courses.

Apply forms an important part of DfE’s teacher recruitment and retention strategy, meeting our commitment to ‘design a new, easy-to-use one-stop application system to work seamlessly with our Get Into Teaching website and the new Find service’.

We’re confident that Apply will support passionate and dedicated potential teachers from diverse backgrounds to showcase their invaluable skills and experience.

By October 2021, all teacher training applications will be made through Apply.

We are already welcoming early adopter teacher training universities to the service. Early adopter HEIs have the opportunity to help us shape Apply to meet the needs of both providers and candidates – to sign up, email us at

However, whenever you choose to join the service, you will have the department’s full support. Our focus throughout has been on minimising disruption to your process and streamlining our onboarding process.

We’ve therefore prepared this document to answer some of the most frequently asked questions from training providers.

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