Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

DfE: Teacher Recruitment Bulletin( (January 2024)

25 January 2024


Welcome to the January 2024 edition of the Teacher Recruitment Bulletin from the Department for Education (DfE).


1. New campaign launch – Get Into Teaching

2. Advanced British Standard consultation and events

3. Now open – Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships

4. Get support from the Department for Education in your return to the classroom

5. Flexible Working Ambassador MATS and Schools

6. The last cohort of fully funded National Professional Qualifications

7. Out of date: Get Into Teaching URLs starting with beta will no longer work

1. New campaign launch – Get Into Teaching

We have launched the latest iteration of the teaching marketing campaign ‘Every Lesson Shapes a Life’ as of 15 January across channels including TV, cinema, social media, posters and digital audio.

The new campaign shows our 18 to 29 year old core audience that teaching is a fulfilling, exciting career which will enable them to make a meaningful difference to society and fulfil their own potential in a way other careers can’t.

It will demonstrate the opportunity, potential, personal growth and progression a career in teaching can offer. 

You can keep up to date with the new campaign on our social channels, or view the new 30 second advert.

2. Advanced British Standard consultation and events

On Thursday 14 December the DfE launched a consultation to shape the development of the new Advanced British Standard (ABS) qualification framework for 16 to 19-year-olds.

The ABS will build upon the best elements of A levels and T Levels, forming a new single qualification framework. Students will study maths and English until age 18 and have the chance to study a broader range of subjects set within a new Baccalaureate style qualification framework.

We are seeking a wide range of views to help shape the design and implementation of the ABS qualification framework. Please respond to the consultation by 20 March 2024.

The ABS team are also hosting regional events on the consultation in-person and online over the coming weeks and would like to invite you to attend one of these events. Please sign up and share the events with your networks.

To respond to the consultation please click here: A world-class education system: The Advanced British Standard consultation – Department for Education – Citizen Space

To sign-up to an event please click here: Register – please select the sector which best describes your interest in the Advanced British Standard (ABS)

3. Now open – Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships

A Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarship opens up a world of CPD, networking and knowledge sharing opportunities for Maths Scholars. This includes complimentary membership of key mathematical societies, providing access to a wealth of information regarding the latest developments in mathematics and maths education to help inspire and support teachers in their role.

CPD events provide opportunities for Maths Scholars to hear from inspirational speakers, take away resources and talk to experienced maths teachers, developing personal networks which will last a lifetime and give them confidence to progress in their career.

Scholarships are also available in Physics, Chemistry, Computing and Languages and applications are open across all subjects.

For further information on all the Scholarship programmes please visit Scholarships and bursaries | Get Into Teaching GOV.​UK (

Got a question? The Maths Scholarship Team is here to help. Contact us at

4. Get support from the DfE in your return to the classroom

The DfE is offering free support to former teachers, primary and secondary, considering returning to teaching in England. If you are a former teacher, or you know of any former teachers, wishing to return to teaching, our expert advisers can provide support every step of the way. A return to teaching adviser can help with:

· the application process, such as writing a personal statement and preparing for an interview

· accessing courses to enhance their subject knowledge

· finding teaching vacancies that are right for you and that suit your skills, ambition and situation, utilising the valuable skills you have developed outside of teaching

· on-going support in the first few months in your new role

Sign up for a return to teaching adviser, or read the latest guidance and advice for returning teachers on the return to teaching website. You can find information on a range of areas, such as curriculum, pensions and flexible working.

5. Flexible Working Ambassador MATS and Schools

Flexible Working Ambassador MATS and Schools offer bespoke, peer-to peer-support to schools and trusts in embedding flexible working. Flexible Working Ambassadors can offer practical advice on designing a policy, developing a flexible working culture, and on overcoming common challenges such as timetabling and budgeting, as well as highlighting the importance of ‘flexible hiring’. Each region has a dedicated Flexible Working Ambassador, and there are specialist Flexible Working Ambassadors for SEND Schools, AP/PRU settings and schools in areas of high disadvantage.

We encourage schools/trusts to get in touch to discuss what they can offer.

Flexible Working Ambassadors are part of the Flexible Working Programme, which also includes free webinars and resources.

For further information please visit Flexible working in Multi-Academy Trusts and schools

6. The last cohort of fully funded National Professional Qualifications

National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) are designed to provide training and support for teachers and leaders at all levels and deliver improved outcomes for children and young people. They are built with education professionals in mind, using the latest and best available evidence to transform their practice and to provide the skills and knowledge needed to benefit pupils.

They can be completed flexibly around existing commitments with a blend of online and face-to-face learning over a period of 12 to 18 months. NPQ participants self-reported that the NPQs have had a positive impact on them.

This has included:

· increased skills and knowledge, which have been transformative for some

· increased levels of confidence

· assuming a greater level of responsibility since starting the NPQ.

The last cohort of NPQs, that are fully funded through the Education Recovery Programme, starts in February 2024.

Find out more about the course structure, funding and how to apply

Applications for this cohort will be closing very soon.

7. Out of date Get Into Teaching URLs starting with beta will no longer work

You’ll need to check in your system if you’re linking to pages with a URL that starts with beta, for example

You’ll need to replace these with new URLs as soon as possible as they will no longer work. You can find the correct URLs on the Get Into Teaching website. Otherwise you will not be able to direct candidates and trainees to find the content they need on these pages.