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DfE: Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (April 2021)

20 April 2021


Welcome to the April 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.


COVID-19 support

1) COVID-19 ITT Guidance

Specialist support

2) Virtual Train to Teach events
3) Physics Teacher Training Scholarships
4) Future Teaching Scholars

DfE systems

5) Register trainee teachers
6) Apply for teacher training
7) Get School Experience Service
8) Teaching Vacancies service
9) Database of Trainee Teachers and Providers (DTTP)

Career support

10) Early Career Framework (ECF) Induction
11) National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) reforms

International Recruitment

12) Recruiting international teachers and trainees
13) Overseas acclimatisation service
14) International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS)
15) Getting help to recruit teachers from overseas

COVID-19 support

1) COVID-19 ITT Guidance

We have recently updated the COVID- 19 ITT guidance for ITT providers, which includes important information on:

· Funded course extensions

· Get School Experience

· Immigration permissions

· Early Years ITT

View the updated COVID-19 ITT guidance at this link:

View the funding manual for course extensions at this link:

Specialist support

2) Virtual Train to Teach events

The virtual events programme have been extended into the spring term. These regionally focused online events offer candidates the opportunity to view presentations and talk one-to-one with expert advisers, teachers and training providers about getting into teaching.

Please only apply for events in your area as we can only host a limited number of providers at each event.

To view the schedule of events and apply for a place, please submit the booking form before 5pm on 26 April at this link: https://forms.gle/Y2q4ntHHCNU7DubM7

3) Physics Teacher Training Scholarships

The Institute of Physics (IOP) is awarding two hundred scholarships worth £26,000 to individuals who are committed to inspiring future generations of physicists. Scholarships are for those starting teacher training in England in September 2021.

The benefits of the scholarship programme for successful applicants are professional development opportunities including access to online Continued Professional Development (CPD) workshops and events, support from a network of fellow IOP scholars and physics teachers across the UK as well as free IOP membership for their teacher training year.

Places are limited and early application is recommended, the deadline for applications is 13 July 2021.

For further details, visit this link:

You can contact IOP by emailing teach@iop.org or by telephone on 02074704959

4) Future Teaching Scholars

Future Teaching Scholars (FTS) are looking for schools in England with maths and physics teaching vacancies who are interested in employing a Scholar to start September 2021. FTS is a different approach to teacher training, giving students pedagogy training throughout their maths or physics degree and supporting them into the first three years of their teaching career.

Our Scholars are looking for schools with a well-supported environment in which they can build on their incredible experiences. Scholars will join your school as ITT students with three or more years of in-school experiences, preparatory training and come with no recruitment fees.

To find out more about our Scholars and their experiences so far please visit this link:

For more information, please email Kate Wastie, at kwastie@educationdevelopmenttrust.com.

DfE Systems

5) Register trainee teachers

The new Register service is now being used by Assessment Only (AO) providers to register their AO candidates.

Feedback on the service has been positive so far with many providers praising it for being quick and easy to use.

If you are an AO provider and you have a candidate who will need to be registered over the coming weeks, contact us on the e-mail address below to start using the new Register service rather than Database of Trainee Teachers and Providers (DTTP).

Please get in touch at becomingateacher@digital.education.gov.uk

6) Apply for teacher training

We are now only six months away from the start of the new recruitment cycle and the national rollout of the Apply for teacher training service in October.

To ensure that schools are familiar with our new service, we are running a few demonstration sessions for Lead Schools on what they need to know to be ready for national rollout.

Our first workshop will be taking place via Microsoft Teams on Thursday 13 May at 4pm.

Sign up now via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apply-for-teacher-training-school-direct-workshop-tickets-148768952943

If your organisation has yet to join DfE Apply, please get in contact by emailing: becomingateacher@digital.education.gov.uk

7) Get School Experience Service

The Get School Experience Service is available to help providers offer virtual or in-school experience to potential teachers. The new features include:

· 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 for candidates such as videos of lessons, digital conferences, or online training materials.

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

8) Teaching Vacancies service

Teaching Vacancies is quickly becoming the first choice for schools to post jobs at absolutely no cost. It is also becoming the preferred place for teachers to find their next role.

· Four in five schools (79%) in England are signed up to use Teaching Vacancies.

· Last month Teaching Vacancies had over 250,000 visitors searching for jobs and signing up for job alerts.

By using Teaching Vacancies schools are saving both time and money whilst reaching a wider pool of quality recruits.

Please continue to list your vacancies and promote the service to teachers looking for their next post.

For information on teaching vacancies please visit this link: https://teaching-vacancies.service.gov.uk

If your school or trust is not yet registered, please contact: teaching.vacancies@education.gov.uk

9) Database of Trainee Teachers and Providers (DTTP)

The system has opened for HEI providers who wish to update 2020/21 ITT Census data submitted via Higher Education Statistics Agency.

· These updates have already started importing to the DTTP and will continue to do so until 4pm, Friday 30 April 2021.

By keeping up to date information on DTTP, this assists in the contribution to revised ITT Census publication, which assists the Funding team when authorising bursary payments

email the DTTP team at itt.datamanagement@education.gov.uk if you have any queries.

Career support

10) Early Career Framework (ECF) Induction

From this September, statutory induction for new teachers will change as part of the ECF reforms. Subject to par