Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

DfE: Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (December 2022)

9 December 2022


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


1) Scholarships announcement
2) Teaching Vacancies – helping your students find their new classroom
3) Teachers’ Pension Scheme
4) Your views wanted: consultation on data resources for initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment
5) Treating candidates fairly when you recruit trainee teachers
6) New Year – New Me

1) Scholarships announcement

Scholarships are available in the following subjects to support trainee teachers through their teacher training year starting in autumn 2023:

· Chemistry – £29,000

· Computing – £29,000

· Languages – £27,000 (French, German & Spanish)

· Mathematics – £29,000

· Physics – £29,000

Please remind applicants that these scholarships are available, and that they’ll need to make a separate application to the relevant professional body.

In addition to tax free funding, successful applicants will receive additional subject specific benefits, which may include:

· free subject related memberships

· bespoke events and webinars across the initial teacher training (ITT) year and beyond to support CPD

· access to classroom resources

· support from experienced professional mentors

· access to networks of teachers, ex-teachers, department leads, and other industry experts

For further information on scholarships including the amounts, application processes and eligibility, please visit:

2) Teaching Vacancies – helping your students find their new classroom

Teaching Vacancies is the Department for Education’s official recruitment service, used by over 80% of schools in England.

Please encourage your students to sign up for job alerts. Trainees can select their preferences including location, subject, working pattern and education phase. They can also be notified when a relevant role is advertised.

Research has shown that many trainees leave it too late to apply for roles. Signing up for job alerts gives your students a head start and the best chance of finding their preferred school.

To search and sign up to job alerts visit:

3) Teachers’ Pension Scheme

The teaching career comes with a secure pension, which:

· is a guaranteed pension that will be a regular source of income when you retire (It is one of only 8 schemes backed by the government)

· has an employer contribution that currently pays the equivalent of 23.6% of your pay to the cost of the benefits

· gives your family protection if something should happen to you

· is based on your salary and service rather than investments

· currently allows you to retire from age 55 and boost your income through flexibilities

To find out more about the benefits of your teacher’s pension visit:

4) Your views wanted: consultation on data resources for initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment

Following the transfer of postgraduate recruitment from UCAS to DfE, we are consulting on user needs for end of cycle data resources. UCAS previously published the UCAS end of cycle data resources for postgraduate ITT recruitment.

DfE welcomes your views on:

· the extent to which the resources were used

· which elements were most important to users

· what other elements might be useful to users

Please complete this short survey to provide feedback by 16th December.

Complete the short survey here:

For any queries, please contact:

5) Treating candidates fairly when you recruit trainee teachers

It is important that all providers have fair recruitment processes and allow candidates to make informed decisions.

The DfE has published guidance on treating candidates fairly when you recruit trainee teachers. This sets out the steps to follow to help teacher training candidates have the best chance of success, including guidance on giving candidates time to respond to your offers.

Candidates can wait until 10 working days after they’ve received decisions on all their applications before accepting or declining any offers. Do not ask candidates or encourage them in any way to respond sooner than they have to. They should choose the right course for them.

You can read the guidance in full here:

6) New Year – New Me

This year over 30,000 teachers and leaders enhanced their existing skills or took the next step in their career by starting a National Professional Qualification (NPQ).

NPQs are flexible training and development opportunities which are fully funded by the DfE, which have been developed by education professionals across the sector and are informed by the most up to date research and evidence.

Consider starting your NPQ in 2023 when the next cohort opens in February, find out more about the range of NPQs on offer and the support available at:

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