Teacher Training Programme Structure & Requirements

Teacher Training Programme

Engage Education has partnered with a UK-based university to provide a completely free, salaried route into teaching for graduates. Whether you’re looking to change career, or you’re a recent graduate hoping to begin teaching with your new undergraduate degree, we can provide free training and support to start you on your new teaching journey.

This qualification takes two years to complete, and you’ll be teaching in schools from day one, giving you all-important experience as you learn.

A free postgraduate qualification

When you train with Engage, you also get a certified qualification from our UK-based prestigious university partner. However, we pay all of your education costs, so your qualification won’t cost you a thing. With campuses across the country and modules you can take online, you can participate in the Teacher Training Programme anywhere you like. We don’t want anything to stand in your way.

Flexible learning

We know that if you have experience of working with children, you’ll already be familiar with the basics of teaching. That’s why, with our unique modular PGCE offer you can fast-track the first year of your qualification if you hold relevant experience, so nothing slows you down on your journey to become the best educator you can be.

Fast-track your PGCE

If you have experience of working with children inside or outside of an educational setting, ask us about fast-tracking the first year of your PGCE.

Teacher Training Programme Structure

Our modular approach to teacher training is the only programme of its kind currently available to prospective teachers. You will train via online digital learning, including the following modules:

Year One

  • Knowledge of The Teachers’ Standards
  • Understanding of The Teachers’ Standards
  • Reflective Summary of Learning linked to The Teachers’ Standards

Year Two

  • Behaviour and Classroom Management
  • Curriculum Delivery and Assessment
  • Development of The Teachers’ Standards
  • Evidence of Practical Teaching Practice

Full-Time Teaching

  • In your first year, you will work full-time as a member of support staff
  • In your second year, you’ll be ready to start teaching as a trainee teacher

Skills tests

Before gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), all prospective teachers are required to take Professional Skills Tests. These tests assess the core skills that you will need as a teacher to fulfil your professional role in school, rather than the subject knowledge you need for teaching. The skills tests ensure that all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of subject specialism.

Our Teaching & Learning Partnership team are on hand to offer training events to fully prepare you for your skills tests. The team is comprised of former and current teachers who can offer comprehensive preparation to ensure you have the very best chance of success.

The skills tests are in addition to the English and Maths GCSE grade C or grade 4 equivalence entry requirements and are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher.

If you would like more information about the Professional Skills Tests, you can visit getintoteaching.gov.uk‘s page which has resources for helping teachers prepare.

Earn while you learn

While you’re training to get into teaching with us, we will place you as a salaried member of full-time teaching staff in one of our great local partner schools, so you can get that all-important on-the-job experience to prepare you for your new teaching life without having to take a break in earning.

Course Requirements

All teachers are required to have a GCSE Grade C (or Level 4 equivalent) in English and Maths. If you are looking to train as a primary teacher, you will also require a GCSE Grade C (or Level 4 equivalent) in Science.

To join our Teacher Training Programme, you will also require an undergraduate degree. In order to remove the barriers to teaching and create a landscape of engaging and passionate teachers, we make entry to our course as accessible as possible. If you hold an undergraduate degree with first-, second-, or third-class Honours, we’re happy to consider you for our graduate programme.

If you’re applying to train on our PGCE course from outside of the UK, we can help you to check that your qualifications are equivalent to a UK undergraduate degree with NARIC to ensure you are eligible for the programme.

On top of your education qualifications, we also ask that all applicants come to the course with a desire to teach long-term, and a passion for shaping young people’s lives.

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