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DfE: Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (February 2021)

12 February 2021

Welcome

Welcome to the February edition of the Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (TRB) from Department for Education (DfE). We have categorised the contents of this TRB below to help you navigate to the information you need.

Please forward pertinent information on to your colleagues and Initial Teacher Training (ITT) partners to help us share important information and updates during this busy and difficult time.

Contents

COVID-19 Support

1) Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 2020/21
2) Practical teaching experience outside England

Attract & Recruit

3) Recruiting trainee teachers from overseas
4) ITT Computing Teacher Training Scholarships

DfE Systems

5) Apply – National rollout
6) Register trainee teachers
7) Get School Experience Service

Newly Qualified Teacher support

8) Teacher Vacancies
9) Early-career payments
10) Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement

COVID-19 Support

1) Recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in 2020/21

We recognise that there is variance in the disruption experienced by ITT trainees during the 2020/21 academic year due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Subject to approval by Parliament, ITT providers will be able to recommend trainees for QTS if they are satisfied that the trainee has demonstrated adequate progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards during their course, and would have met them, were it not for disruption relating to COVID-19.

ITT providers must continue to ensure ITT courses are as comprehensive as possible.

We will work with the sector to provide further guidance for providers as required on recommending trainees for QTS in this way. We are aware that some regional ITT networks found regional moderation to be helpful last year, and we would encourage providers to consider this sort of approach for this academic year.

ITT associate support continues to be available to assist accredited ITT providers in developing and delivering their courses. While associate capacity is limited, we will try to provide support for as many accredited ITT providers as possible.

For more information, please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-itt/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-itt#legal-reqs

For more information about ITT associate support, please see:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-itt/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-itt#support-for-itt-in-2020

Accredited ITT providers wishing to access ITT associate support should email ITT.accreditation@education.gov.uk.

2) Practical teaching experience outside England

ITT providers are permitted to allow trainees to undertake their practical teaching experience wholly or mainly outside England in 2020/21, if, for a reason related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, trainees are unable to do so in England.

This is subject to approval by Parliament. Advice accompanying ITT criterion C2.3 will be amended once the amendment to regulation comes into force later this academic year.

For more information, please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-itt/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-itt#legal-reqs

Attract & Recruit

3) Recruiting trainee teachers from overseas

The new points-based immigration system now applies to trainee teachers from overseas arriving in the UK. These trainees, including those from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, need to apply for a visa. ITT providers may need to become visa sponsors if they want to recruit trainees who are not UK or Irish nationals.

There are restrictions on state schools becoming visa sponsors.
EEA and Swiss trainees who were living in the UK by 31 December 2020 can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 in order to continue living, working and studying in the UK without applying through the points-based immigration system.

You can find more information in the following resources:
Guidance for ITT providers about recruiting trainee teachers from overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/recruit-trainee-teachers-from-overseas-accredited-itt-providers

A DfE/Home Office webinar for ITT providers about the points-based immigration system:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5SzSZfFEiM&feature=youtu.be

4) ITT Computing Teacher Training Scholarships

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT Computing Scholarships programme aims to raise the professional status of teaching by targeting high-quality subject experts.

Anyone with a passion for computing or teaching can apply no previous teaching experience is necessary. Scholarships offer additional support to trainees through their teacher training, including CPD webinars, coaching, access to resources and workshops and a Scholarship bursary of £26,000.

Assessments consist of a presentation and interview and are currently being held online for candidates successful at online application stage. Places are limited and early application is recommended, the deadline for applications is 16 July 2021.

For further application details, visit https://www.bcs.org/get-qualified/certification-and-scholarships-for-teachers/bcs-computer-teacher-scholarships/

More guidance on bursaries and scholarships can be found at this link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/initial-teacher-training-itt-bursary-funding-manual/initial-teacher-training-bursaries-funding-manual-2021-to-2022-academic-year

You can contact BCS by emailing scholarships@bcs.uk

DfE Systems

5) Apply – National rollout

The Becoming a Teacher team would like to thank all providers that have signed up for our new Apply for teacher training service. Apply will be rolling out nationally in October 2021 and we are ready to support you as you get prepared.

To register for support joining Apply, even if you’re unsure of your timelines, please complete the form located here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vItt82Zfd1K1443fWQRA33G7ZYiFdKDY90oMwf-ZzlY/viewform?edit_requested=true

6) Register trainee teachers

Register trainee teachers is a new user-centred service for the collection, input and management of trainee teacher data. It will eventually replace the current Database of Trainee Teachers and Providers (DTTP) service.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be working closely with providers offering the Assessment Only route to begin rolling out the service.

To find out more or get involved in testing the new Register trainee teachers service, contact becomingateacher@digital.education.gov.uk

7) Get School Experience Service

Following research with schools, we are re-activating the Get School Experience Service on the 22 February, complete with two new features:

A “Virtual” checkbox to flag to applicants that an offer is virtual and not in-school
An “Export to spreadsheet” button to allow administrators to export data easily

You may wish to offer a virtual experience, such as videos of lessons, digital conferences, or online training materials for candidates to use.

To access the Get School Experience Service, administer your bookings or close your profile to requests, please click this link: https://schoolexperience.education.gov.uk/schools

If you would like your organisation to be added to the Get School Experience Service, please email organise.school-experience@education.gov.uk

Newly Qualified Teacher support

8) Teaching Vacancies

As we approach the next teacher resignation date and recruitment cycle, we would like to remind you about the Teaching Vacancies service.

Teaching Vacancies is a free job listing service used by over 75% of state-maintained schools in England. The aim is to save schools money when recruiting teachers and to help teachers find their next teaching role.
Please:

  • continue to list all your teaching vacancies on the service and,
  • promote the service to teachers looking to secure their first/next teach.