DfE: Becoming a Teacher Newsletter
9 March 2023
In your newsletter this month:
Reforms to the School Direct salaried route and postgraduate teaching apprenticeship
The DfE is considering ways to streamline salaried routes into teaching, while ensuring they remain viable for providers and attractive to trainees.
As part of this, we’re evaluating how to consolidate the School Direct salaried route and postgraduate teacher apprenticeship into a single employment based route.
The School Direct salaried route will still be available in the 2023 to 2024 recruitment cycle.
These reforms are still under review and we’ll let you know about any changes before we make them. We’ll also hold workshops with providers to discuss the changes and their impact once the reforms are finalised.
Candidates can now apply for up to 4 courses
Candidates applying for teacher training will now be able to apply for up to 4 courses instead of 3. We’ve made this change because of the positive impact we’ve seen from allowing candidates to apply for more courses if their applications were not successful the first time.
Currently, many eligible candidates do not go on to apply again if they do not receive an offer the first time they apply. Our data shows that giving those candidates 4 course choices will help more of them to receive an offer the first time.
In addition if candidates are unsuccessful the first time they apply, they’ll now be able to apply again to 4 course choices.
There will be no change for training providers within the Manage teacher training online service. You will not need to make any technical changes.
We’ll monitor the impact this change has on training providers and candidates to inform future policy development.
International relocation payment launch
The international relocation payment will be available in the 2023 to 2024 academic year. It will give a single payment of £10,000 to non-UK citizens coming to England to teach or train to teach languages or physics in secondary state schools.
The payment will be made around the end of a teacher or trainee’s first term.
We’ll use the existing bursary mechanism to make the payment through training providers for trainees on fee funded courses.
Teachers and salaried trainees will need to apply for the payment after they’ve started their job or course. They can register their interest by emailing IRP.ExpressInterest@education.gov.uk.
Eligible trainees can claim both the international relocation payment and a bursary or scholarship.
Find out about international relocation payments:
Engage with national policy through the DfE Teacher Reference Group
The DfE is looking for teachers to join its national Teacher Reference Group.
This is an opportunity to work closely with other teachers and the DfE to support policy development and implementation. You’ll be able to contribute views, give advice, offer valuable challenges and provide feedback directly to ministers and officials.
Applications close at 5pm on 14 April. Find out more and apply:
Send any questions to Recruitment.TRG@education.gov.uk.
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