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DfE: Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (March 2021)

18 March 2021


Welcome to the March 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.


Supporting ITT Delivery

1) Lesson videos for ITT from Oak National Academy
2) School Experience – as an entry requirement
3) Early Career Framework reforms

Specialist Recruitment

4) International Returners
5) Career Changers programmes
6) Recruiting trainee teachers from overseas

DfE Systems

7) Register trainee teachers
8) Apply for teacher training

Supporting ITT Delivery

1) Lesson videos for ITT from Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy has launched a series of videos analysing existing Oak lessons through the lens of the ITT Core Content Framework. The lesson videos are intended as an optional additional resource to support this year’s cohort, given the disruption some trainees will have experienced due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Oak will be running a webinar for the ITT sector on 23 March to introduce the lesson videos. This will be an opportunity for ITT providers to hear and share ideas about how the videos can be used with trainees and to provide feedback.

For more information, see: https://teachers.thenational.academy/lessons-for-itt

2) School Experience as an entry requirement

We would like to remind ITT providers and lead schools that they should not reject candidates on the basis of a lack of school experience, whom they otherwise judge as suitable to train to teach. This will ensure that you remain compliant with ITT criterion C1.3. Providers should ensure that their entry criteria on websites and in other recruitment media and processes are accurate and compliant.

For the full ITT Criteria publication, see:

For further information, please email itt.accreditation@education.gov.uk.

3) Early Career Framework

From this September all early career teachers in England undergoing statutory induction will be entitled to 2 years of high-quality professional development based on the Early Career Framework (ECF). On 1 March, DfE announced:

· the lead providers who will deliver funded training programmes based on the ECF as part of national roll-out

· the additional funding all state schools will receive to deliver the early career framework reforms.

For more information, visit:

If you would like to receive direct updates from DfE on the ECF reforms, please fill in this form:

Specialist Recruitment

4) International Returners

The DfE are running an online event at 10am on 23 March 2021 to support teachers working overseas with their transition back into teaching in schools in England. The interactive event will provide attendees with the opportunity to:

· Understand how to demonstrate the experience, skills, diversity, culture and different teaching methods they can offer

· How to find vacancies

· Tips on remote interviewing

· Get their questions answered by experts

· Receive updates on the guidance and support available.

Please promote this event through your own networks asking interested parties to register at this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/return-to-teach-in-england-information-for-uk-teachers-working-overseas-tickets-141969770405

You can also check the Get Into Teaching website for more information about returning to teach in England at this link: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/return-to-teaching/return-to-teaching-in-england-from-overseas

For further details about our online events and the support available please email: international.teacherrecruitment@education.gov.uk

5) Career Changers

Our Career Changer programmes are delivered by Now Teach and Transition to Teach (T2T). They aim to attract, support and retain high calibre candidates who would not otherwise enter the profession, in the subjects where they are most needed.

The programmes attract graduates from a range of professional careers who can be excellent teachers and role models, inspiring pupils to achieve. Support and advice is provided for those making the change into teaching to help participants bring a wealth of transferrable skills to the classroom from their previous careers.

T2T deliver a programme in the North East, North West and East Midlands regions.

Further information can be found at https://www.transitiontoteach.co.uk/

To inform the T2T team of available NQT posts, please email the Lead Guidance & Development Advisor, Nigel Bowen – Nbowen@transitiontoteach.co.uk.

Now Teach deliver the programme in the Greater London, West Midlands, East of England and South East and South Coast regions.

Further information can be found at https://nowteach.org.uk/partnerships/

For more information on how Now Teach supports training providers, schools, and trainees, contact Jo.holmes@nowteach.org.uk

6) Recruiting trainee teachers from overseas

The new points-based immigration system applies to trainee teachers from overseas arriving in the UK from 1 January 2021. 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 by:
Reading guidance for ITT providers about recruiting trainee teachers from overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/recruit-trainee-teachers-from-overseas-accredited-itt-providers

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

DfE Systems

7) Register trainee teachers

The new digital service, Register trainee teachers, is being built to improve how trainee teacher data is collected and managed. It will eventually replace the current Database of Trainee Teachers and Providers (DTTP) service.

Last month, Register trainee teachers reached a significant milestone when the first Assessment Only (AO) candidates were registered through the new service.

If you’re an AO provider and want to register your candidates using the new service email us at this address: becomingateacher@digital.education.gov.uk.

You can also contact us if you don’t offer AO but want to be involved in research and testing.

If you are not currently an approved AO provider, but want to offer AO in the future, please contact itt.accreditation@education.gov.uk

8) Apply for teacher training

Since the start of the year, we’ve been working closely with providers to test new features, including our new intervi