DfE: Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (July 22)
14 July 2022
Welcome to the July edition of the teacher recruitment bulletin from the Department for Education (DfE).
1) Recruitment cycle dates
The dates for the end of the 2021 to 2022 recruitment cycle are:
The dates for the start of the 2022 to 2023 recruitment cycle are:
2) Future Teaching Scholars (FTS) programme: maths specialist ITT scholars looking for vacancies
Future Teaching Scholars (FTS) are looking for schools in England that can welcome maths trainees in September 2022.
FTS is a new approach to teacher training. Scholars learn what it’s like to be a teacher and are given classroom experience while completing their undergraduate degree. They then join schools as initial teacher trainees with 3 or more years of in-school experience, preparatory training and no recruitment fees..
For a brief overview of the programme and the benefits of employing an FTS trainee, watch this short video (2 minutes): https://youtu.be/xhhoAri6oHs
For more details, visit: https://www.futureteachingscholars.com/itt/employing-scholars
3) Apply now to deliver iQTS for wider rollout in academic year 2023 to 2024
After appointing 6 providers for the pilot of iQTS in the coming academic year (2022 to 2023), DfE is now ready to roll out the iQTS programme to more providers.
DfE is inviting accredited English ITT providers (including those that have applied for round 2 of accreditation as part of the market reforms) to apply to deliver iQTS for a wider rollout of the programme in academic year 2023 to 2024.
The approvals process opened on 11 July and will remain open for 8 weeks.
You’ll need to complete your application form and return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line ‘iQTS wider rollout application’ by 5 September 2022.
You can find information on the approvals process and the application form to deliver wider rollout of iQTS here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-to-join-the-international-qualified-teacher-status-pilot
You can find further information and the latest guidance on iQTS here: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/international-qualified-teacher-status#what-iqts-is
If you have any questions about iQTS or the approvals process to become a provider, contact email@example.com
4) A fairer approach to awarding qualified teacher status (QTS) to overseas teachers
In early 2023, DfE will change the way teachers who qualified overseas can have their teaching qualifications recognised, meaning those with high-quality teaching qualifications can come to work in England, whatever their nationality.
We’re committed to ensuring the best teachers from around the world can come to teach in England. The new service will award teachers QTS based on an assessment of their qualifications and experience against set criteria.
We’ll also be offering more support for many teachers recognised under this approach.
You can read more about this change in our policy paper: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-qualified-teacher-status-to-overseas-teachers/a-fairer-approach-to-awarding-qts-to-overseas-teachers#how-we-researched-and-developed-the-apply-for-qualified-teacher-status-in-england-service
5) Funding Assessment Only programmes for Ukrainian teachers
DfE has published guidance for Ukrainian teachers and trainee teachers, which also contains information for schools and ITT providers. We have made funding available for Ukrainian teachers who are undertaking Assessment Only QTS programmes.
If you receive any interest in Assessment Only from Ukrainian teachers, please get in contact with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further guidance will be made available over the coming months.
6) Supporting new teachers through the early career framework (ECF)
We have now reached the end of the first year of the ECF reforms – thank you to all those who took part.
We’re continuing to listen to all of your feedback on the ECF programmes and are working with providers and key stakeholders to develop guidance on delivering ECF flexibly. This will be available by September.
Schools can find further details of how to set up their ECF-based training programmes for the next academic year here: https://manage-training-for-early-career-teachers.education.gov.uk/how-to-set-up-your-programme.
You can also contact your local teaching school hub for more information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/teaching-school-hubs#find-a-teaching-school-hub.
7) New digital service – national professional qualifications (NPQs)
Professionals in state-funded organisations across the sector are able to access NPQs for free through a fully funded training scholarship.
To support this, DfE has launched a dedicated digital service for education professionals interested in the qualifications.
The website provides the latest information on the entire suite of NPQs. Each page offers a straightforward guide to each qualification and the benefits they offer to your school, alongside all the key information potential applicants would need. The website also guides applicants through the application process.
To find out more, visit: https://professional-development-for-teachers-leaders.education.gov.uk/index
8) Teachers’ pension scheme
Teaching as a career comes with a secure pension, which:
To find out more about the benefits of your teacher’s pension visit: www.teacherspensions.co.uk/members/new-starter/what-is-a-teachers-pension
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