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DfE: Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (November 21)

19 November 2021


Welcome to the November edition of the Teacher Recruitment Bulletin from the Department for Education (DfE).


Supporting Recruitment

1) Applications open for this year’s Scholarships Programme
2) Spaces available at Train to Teach spring term events
3) Autumn marketing activity
4) Sign up to participate in the Teaching Internship programme in 2022
5) Share and update links to Find and Apply for teacher training

Supporting Providers

6) Join DfE’s iQTS pilot
7) School capacity to deliver ITT placements

Supporting Teachers

8) National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) Live Webinar

Supporting recruitment

1) Applications open for this year’s Scholarships Programme

Scholarships are available in computing, chemistry, mathematics and physics to support trainee teachers through their teacher training year starting in autumn 2022. Please remind applicants of this opportunity, and that they will need to make a separate application to the relevant professional body.

Along with tax-free funding of £26,000, successful applicants will also receive a support programme from their appropriate professional body.

ITT applicants will need to apply to the relevant professional body for a scholarship place and meet the eligibility and assessment criteria.

For further scholarship details, including application processes and eligibility, visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview/scholarships

For more information on postgraduate bursaries and scholarships visit:

2) Spaces available at Train to Teach spring term events

The Train to Teach spring term event programme has been confirmed with a mixture of virtual and face-to-face events and spaces available for training providers.

A list of events and further information is available on the booking form. Only apply for events in your area – we can only host a limited number of providers at each event and they’re regionally focused.

Please complete the following booking form by 5pm on Wednesday 1 December 2021: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHE38aGFloNa3MxWzZMSvwT9iqS-F4ER5GU-CE1chEs3X3uQ/viewform

3) Autumn marketing activity

The Get Into Teaching marketing campaign is live across channels including social media, search, radio and our ‘Tuesday’ creative is running in selected TV spots and in cinemas alongside films such as No Time to Die, Dune, and Venom.

You can tap into our campaign to boost your own promotional work. If you’re using Twitter for this activity, tag us (@getintoteaching), and where possible, we’ll retweet to our 99,700 followers.

4) Sign up to participate in the Teaching Internship programme in 2022

Applications for school partnerships to deliver the Teaching Internship programme in the summer of 2022 are now open.

The aim of the programme is to provide undergraduates studying a STEM-related degree with the opportunity to experience teaching before they commit to it as a career, over a three-week period.

The programme is open to potential maths, physics and computing teachers. A pilot programme to trial delivering internships for potential modern foreign languages teachers will also run in the North East of England.

The deadline for applying for funding to deliver the programme is Friday 3 December 2021.

Further information and details of the application process can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/teaching-internship-programme-summer-2022

5) Share and update links to Find and Apply for teacher training

To make sure candidates understand how to find and apply for teacher training you should share and update links to:

· Find postgraduate teacher training courses: https://www.find-postgraduate-teacher-training.service.gov.uk/

· Apply for teacher training: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training

We have also prepared some copy that you can use on your websites and other materials: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jUWsJ3KraGRz_O4o9a-1-uGI4eKcaai86H4Nzf-YmYc/edit?usp=sharing

To review your published courses and review applications, you can log in to:

· Publish teacher training: https://www.publish-teacher-training-courses.service.gov.uk/

· Manage teacher training: https://www.apply-for-teacher-training.service.gov.uk/provider

Supporting providers

6) Join DfE’s iQTS pilot

DfE is inviting accredited English initial teacher training (ITT) providers to join the iQTS pilot, to test and improve design and delivery of the iQTS qualification.

Please read the following guidance on GOV.​UK, which explains the approvals process for accredited initial teacher training (ITT) providers in England to join the pilot programme: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-to-join-the-international-qualified-teacher-status-pilot

You will need to complete your application form and return by email to iqts.pilot@education.gov.uk using the subject line ‘iQTS pilot application’ by Wednesday 15 December 2021.

If you have any questions regarding the approvals process or the iQTS pilot programme, contact iqts.pilot@education.gov.uk.

Visit the following webpages to find further information on:

· iQTS criteria: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-qualified-teacher-status-criteria-for-providers

· iQTS Teachers’ Standards: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-qualified-teacher-status-teachers-standards

· iQTS Core Content Framework: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/initial-teacher-training-core-content-framework-for-iqts

· iQTS Policy Paper: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/international-qualified-teacher-status-iqts

7) School capacity to deliver ITT placements

DfE is reviewing the impact that COVID-19 and workload may be having on school capacity to offer school placements and mentors for post-graduate ITT trainees.

Today, we launched a survey inviting providers to share their experiences of sourcing school placements in the current training year. This will help us better understand any changes experienced by ITT providers and identify where providers may need support to ensure adequate school placement supply.

The survey was sent to all accredited ITT providers, with an option to delegate responses on School Direct courses to the relevant lead schools.

The survey will be open for responses until Tuesday 14 December 2021 and all information received will be treated confidentially. We’d be very grateful if you could find time to share your views on this important topic.

If you have any questions, please contact itt.engagement@education.gov.uk

Supporting teachers

8) National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) Live Webinar

As part of the government’s long-term education recovery plan, teachers and leaders employed in state-funded schools, as well as state-funded organisations that offer 16 to 19 places in England, can now access fully funded scholarships to undertake NPQs.

On Thursday 25 November 2021, we’ll be hosting a webinar for teachers and school leaders wanting to learn more about these qualifications.

This event is likely to be popular, so please sign up via this link to secure a ticket: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dfe-national-professional-qualifications-live-event-tickets-204956820367?aff=InternalComms