The Graduate Teacher Programme is an employment based route to Qualified Teacher Status. Prospective participants are typically older than those who follow the ‘traditional’ pathways and are often ‘career shifters’ who need to combine training for a new career with continuing to earn a salary. In order to apply for a GTP place candidates must have:
• a UK bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
• attained a standard equivalent to GCSE grade C in mathematics and English;
• and reached a standard equivalent to GCSE grade C in a science subject if applying to teach primary (3-11).
It should be noted that the government intends to restrict funding initial teacher training to those with 2.2 degrees or higher from September 2012. Some training providers also stipulate that prospective GTP participants have some school based experience which can range from a period of observation to actual paid experience. However, this is not a formal TDA requirement.
Prospective applicants educated overseas are required to consult the National Academic Recognition Centre (‘NARIC’) to find out whether their qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs and a UK degree. (‘National Academic Recognition Centre’ http://www.naric.org.uk/)
A key difference between the GTP and traditional pathways is that GTP trainees are employees. However, they are required to satisfy the same set of Standards for Qualified Teacher status. This will change from September 2012 when the revised and unified Professional Standards framework is implemented.
Page Published: 14/10/2011