Promoting Quality in Teacher Education

DfE: Teacher Degree Apprenticeship and funding pilot (February 2024)

5 February 2024

Department for Education

Teacher Degree Apprenticeship and funding pilot

We’re getting in touch to update on the announcement of a new route into teaching, which will launch this Autumn: the Teacher Degree Apprenticeship (TDA).

On Sunday 4 February, ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, the Secretary of State for Education announced The Department for Education’s (DfE) plans for the TDA as well as the launch of a TDA funding pilot.


The DfE is working with the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) and an employer-led trailblazer group to develop the TDA. The TDA will be a new route into the teaching profession, for both primary and secondary teachers, through which successful candidates will ‘earn while they learn’ attain an undergraduate degree and qualified teacher status (QTS) while working in a school. 

This will be an attractive route for both those who are starting their careers and those currently in employment who are interested in pursuing a career in teaching, such as school leavers, teaching assistants and career changers.   

A key priority for the TDA is that it delivers a high-quality degree. In line with alternative routes into teaching, TDA courses must adhere to the ITT criteria, encompass all aspects of the ITT Core Content Framework (CCF) and enable trainees to meet the Teachers’ Standards. 

Subject to IfATE approvals, the TDA standard will be published in spring 2024, with the candidate recruitment commencing from autumn 2024 and training commencing in autumn 2025.

TDA funding pilot

In addition to the full launch of the TDA, we are inviting applications from providers and partnerships to take part in a funding pilot for the secondary mathematics TDA. Successful providers will design TDA courses in secondary mathematics and partner with employing schools to deliver the TDA.

Schools that employ trainees as part of the pilot will receive financial incentives to support with trainee salary costs, to cover the proportion of time trainees will spend studying towards their qualification. The TDA funding pilot will be a one-cohort pilot, with trainees to be recruited in academic year 2024-25 and start their training in academic year 2025-26. Evidence from the pilot will be used to inform the future of the funding programme.

The pilot application form will be live for the next 5 weeks. Successful pilot providers will receive grant funding towards the end of March to support with the costs of course development and candidate recruitment at pace.

Providers and employing schools will also be able to develop and run TDA courses without additional funding within the same timeframes as the pilot.

Next Steps

For more information on the TDA pilot you can visit:

This page includes information on requesting a draft standard for providers who are interested in developing courses, both as part of funding pilot or otherwise.

You can view the full press release here:

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