The requirements for applicants for the GTP are:
The Consortium welcomes applications from candidates with or without the support of a school. However it is the responsibility of each applicant to secure the support of a school. It is not the policy of this Consortium to place trainees with a school Further help and guidance regarding this is available on request from the Administration Team.
If you do not have these qualifications you can take GCSE courses or Open College 'A' Unit courses, which are equivalent, at your local FE College. Click on the name below to find out about courses at your nearest FE College.
It may be possible to do an equivalency test in English, Maths & Science at an Initial Teacher Training College, if you have school experience and are ready to be accepted on a training course.
(NOTE: Please check prior to starting a programme of study advertised as GCSE equivalent that it is suitable for Initial Teacher Training).
The Teaching Agency (TA) allocates places to the Consortium who then awards these places to high quality applications that meet one of the key recruitment needs listed below. The TDA allocates a number of places for each category, but the majority of places are given for those wishing to train as teachers of Secondary shortage subjects.
The categories for funding are:
Note: Applications for September 2012 will only be accepted SUBJECT to TA Allocations. At this time we cannot guarantee the number of available places or which subjects will be offered for Secondary.
The Consortium will look for evidence of high quality in three areas:
Before you can be officially awarded a place on the GTP you need school experience. If you do not have the support of a school when you apply for a place on the GTP, the Consortium may be able to assist you in finding a school. All initial teacher training programmes would expect you to have some experience in a school, or with young people of the age group that you were wishing to teach. The reasons for this are:
Experience has informed us that those people who have had school experience, and therefore have an awareness of what is expected of them, are stronger candidates and will be likely to complete the programme successfully and go on to make teaching their career.
If you have withdrawn from or failed a QTS programme before, The TA will not accept applications from candidates who have failed in earlier attempts to gain QTS unless there are exceptional circumstances. Therefore you will have to prove to the Consortium that you would be able to gain QTS if you were given a further opportunity to train as a teacher. We will need you to provide a letter from the institution where you were training, explaining the circumstances of your withdrawal or failure and also a statement from yourself to demonstrate why you consider that you would be successful on this occasion.
All trainees admitted on to the GTP will have:
GCSE English & Maths at Grade C, or above or a recognised equivalent (Primary applicants must also have Science)
a first or second class honours degree;
a validation statement from NARIC for qualifications gained overseas;
(Note: ALL of the qualifications noted above must have been awarded prior to the closing date for applications, and a photocopy of each certificate and the degree transcript must be returned with the application)
have had a satisfactory criminal background check and/or any other appropriate background check;
demonstrated that they possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and possess the personal characteristics shared by effective teachers;
demonstrated that they can read effectively and are able to communicate clearly and accurately in Standard English;
demonstrated that they have an appropriate level of numeracy;
met the Secretary of State's requirements for health and physical capacity to teach;
(Note: the above requirements are correct as at 1 November 2011)
In addition the Consortium will expect that applicants will:
have a degree that will have content relevant to age range / subject to be taught;
have gained school experience prior to application;
be motivated to teach evidenced by:
an understanding of educational issues;
relevant prior experience, including working with children;
ability to establish effective working relationships;
meet the demands of employment-based training including:
analytical & reflective skills;
the ability to take responsibility for their own professional learning.
The Consortium welcomes and encourages ALL applicants and gives fair consideration to all applications, treating them solely on the basis of merit, ability and potential. The selection process is designed to ensure fairness, consistency and equality of opportunity and access to training.
Under its Equality Policy the Consortium is committed to ensuring that no applicant receives less (or more) favourable treatment because of age, disability, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation, gender or gender reassignment, nor be disadvantaged by any other condition or requirement which cannot be shown to be justifiable.
The Consortium offers one in-take per year for potential candidates for both Primary & Secondary programmes which commences in September.
All applicants must be able to provide evidence that they hold the relevant GCSE and Degree qualifications when submitting their Application Form in order to be included in the selection process. Note: Applicants who have gained qualifications overseas must have them validated by NARIC prior to submitting their application.
The selection process is conducted over a number of phases:
The qualifications are verified and the English / Mathematics test marked and moderated by representatives of the Consortium. If your qualifications are verified and you pass the English & Mathematics tests you will be invited to interview. The panel will apply the above criteria for selection. At the interview you will be required to produce photographic and documentary proof of ID and complete the necessary suitability forms (including CRB).
You will be informed of the outcome. If you are successful and have a school placement, you will be awarded a place on the GTP, on condition that the school Training Plan is approved and you fulfil the required suitability checks. If you do not have a school placement you will be assisted to find a host school, who will then conduct their own selection process. If the school then agrees to accept you on this route, you will then be awarded a place on the GTP, subject to the checks outlined above
From our experience of operating the Graduate Teacher Programme for a number of years, it may be helpful to outline some of the benefits gained by schools which have been involved in the scheme:
All maintained schools, City Technology colleges and non-maintained special schools will be able to apply for the new GTP with salary funding. Independent schools will not be eligible for salary payments. Pupil Referral Units and 6th form Colleges are not eligible to take trainees in the GTP.
The Teaching Agency (TA) makes available to the school a contribution towards the salary costs of a trainee. For September 2012 this is £13,500. Trainees are paid on the unqualified teachers' pay spine and must be appointed on a supernumerary basis to be eligible for this funding.
In addition, a training grant of will be paid by the TA to the Consortium to meet training costs; the school will receive a significant proportion of this
The salary funded places are very competitive and the school can opt to fund a place on the programme. This is for schools where the school is employing the trainee to fill a vacancy and the trainee has taught that age group for a minimum of one term prior to the start of the training. The Consortium will apply strict criteria to ensure that there are no risks to the quality of an individual's training.
Once an application has been approved for funding the Consortium will pay the salary and training grant in termly instalments. The salary and training grant payments will be paid to the Consortium, who will then devolve the agreed sum to the school. to the employing school.
North West & Lancashire GTP Consortium, Schools and Trainees
All who work in partnership within the GTP (Consortium, Schools, Trainees) are committed to provide a high quality programme of Initial Teacher Training compliant with all DfE and TA Standards and Requirements related to the Award of QTS.
The agreed duties and responsibilities of each partner are outlined below:
The Consortium is required to:
The school is required to:
Select trainees in accordance with the Consortium criteria
With the guidance of the Consortium, devise an Individualised Training
Programme for trainees
Undertake a criminal background check in accordance with teacher
regulations and conditions of service
Undertake a health check in accordance with teacher regulations and
conditions of service
Have in place agreed policies relating to equality
Employ the trainee as an unqualified teacher and pay them on the unqualified teachers’ pay spine
Provide formal written observations in accordance with the Training Programme and Consortium policies
Provide non-contact time for School-based Tutors to meet with and observe the trainee
Monitor and assess the progress of the trainee towards the attainment of
the Standards for the Award of QTS
Write termly progress reports
Facilitate a placement (minimum 3 weeks) in a second school which offers a contrasting professional experience
Set appropriate targets to be addressed during the second school placement
Attend School-based Tutor Training events
Release the trainee to attend the Core Taught Programme
Contribute to the evaluation of the Consortium’s provision
Use and audit the training grant monies, which are devolved to the school, to support the training programme of the trainee.
The trainee is required to:
Conduct him/herself in accordance with the Standards related to professional values and practice and in accordance with the professional requirements of the lead school
Complete a teaching placement in a second school which offers a contrasting professional experience
Complete the Career Entry & Development Profile
Pass the QTS skills tests
Be in good standing with the Consortium and its related Learning Resource Centres
The trainee understands that:
The GTP is an employment-based route and that other routes into teaching are available, which the trainees are responsible for researching
Trainees on this route are not eligible for the ‘Golden Hello’, nor can they apply for a student loan, whilst training
The route does not guarantee a teaching post or employment in schools
Other routes may have a different emphasis on the amount of teaching practice experience
Trainees will be bound by an employee’s contract for the duration of the training and it is the trainees’ responsibility to ensure that they have understood the implications of this contract
Progress is subject to satisfactory systematic reviews (usually, but not exclusively, conducted at the end of each term)
Funding only extends to the time designated in the Partnership Agreement; no extensions to funding are available on the Graduate Teacher Programme. Hence, if trainees are not able to meet the standards in the time allocated in the Training Agreement, there is no additional funding from the TA/Consortium to support further employment and training
In accordance with the Consortium’s procedures trainees may be asked to leave the course at any time, if it is professionally deemed that the trainee will not meet the standards for the Award of QTS.
Agreement to the terms outlined stands until terminated by either party.