Cranhill Secondary School, Glasgow, 1967 (Photo by Philip C)
What is the Graduate Teacher Training Programme?
The GTTP is a one year course for mature students who have considerable experience of working in a school classroom situation or of working with children of the appropriate age group. It allows the student to be employed as an Unqualified Teacher on a supernumerary basis in a school. The trainee is paid on the Unqualified Teacher Scale. An individual training programme is drawn up between the trainee and the school. No guarantee of a job at the end of the Graduate Teacher Training Programme at the training school is implied or to be expected. However, if a vacancy arose in the NQT's subject area he or she would be considered for it in the usual way.
Comparing the Graduate Teacher Training Program and the Conventional PGCE and SCITT.
The PGCE and School Centred Initial Teacher Training Courses(SCITT) are designed for recent graduates. The Graduate Teacher Training Programme is aimed at mature students who have worked in a school setting for some time, perhaps as a classroom assistant or a laboratory assistant.
Students following the Graduate Teacher Training Course have a programme drawn up that is individually tailored to their needs by the school where the trainee is working. The GTTC is a one year course. If completed successfully the trainee is awarded Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) status.
Students following the SCITT route into teaching follow a course that is designed by the school consortium associated with the awarding Higher Education Institution. It is similar to the Graduate Teacher Training Programme in that the vast majority of time is spent in the school situation. This is a one year course, which usually results in a PGCE award from the validating Higher Education Institution, as well as NQT ststus.
Students following the traditional Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) route into teaching spend most of their time in the Higher Education Institution with some school-based teacher training. Most students follow a one year course. Students whose degree is not directly relevant to teaching will need to follow a two year PGCE course, to include a one year 'conversion course'. On the successful completion of their PGCE course students are awarded NQT status.
What Qualifications Do I Need to Qualify for the Graduate Teacher Training Programme?
You will need a Batchelor's Degree, which must be in a relevant subject for secondary school training. You must also have passed GCSE Maths and English with a Grade C or better.
For primary training your degree should ideally be in a National Curriculum subject area. In addition primary trainees are expected to have A-levels (A2) in National Curriculum subjects. Primary trainees require GCSE pass grade C in Science in addition to Maths and English.
How Does the Selection Process for the Graduate Teacher Training Programme Work?
Successful candidates will demonstrate a commitment to teaching as a career as well as a good understanding of children and educational issues including a working knowledge of ICT and sound knowledge of the relevant subject area, if secondary.
What Are the Funding Arrangements for the Graduate Teacher Training Programme?
Students on the Graduate Teacher Training Programme are paid, by the school, on the Unqualified Teacher Scale, Â£15,817 for a full year. The school receives a grant from the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) of Â£14,500 towards the trainee's salary. There is obviously an under-funding issue here and the school may take on the trainee for less than 12 months, perhaps ending the temporary employment in July at the start of the summer holidays.
How is the Graduate Teacher Training Programme Assessed?
The assessment is done on a continual basis, throughout the year.
Are There Any Places Available on the Graduate Teacher Training Programme for Native French, German and Spanish Speakers?
CILT, the National Centre for Languages runs a British Council sponsored Graduate Teacher Training Programme for native French, German and Spanish teachers. Primarily aimed at Classroom Language Assistants, the course also helps trainees to develop the second teaching language, which will be necessary to obtain a teaching position in any British school. On successful completion of the CILT GTT Program trainees will be awarded Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) status. NQT status qualifies the individual to teach in British schools only.
Where Can I Do The Graduate Teacher Training Programme?
You do the training at a school, where you will be employed as a supernumerary teacher. You apply for the GTT Programme through one of the links on the list of providers on the Graduate Teacher Training Registry website, many of which still have vacancies, at the time of writing, July 2010, ie after the 30th June deadline.
If you are currently working in a school based job and would like to be considered for the Graduate Teacher Training Programme in September 2010, talk to your principal immediately. There is still time to organise a GTTP place at your current school, if they are willing.
The Graduate Teacher Training Registry
This is the body that oversees the administration of the Graduate Teacher Training Programme. They run the Clearing system for late applications. Apply for Clearing at their website, http://www.gttr.ac.uk
Can I Apply for the Graduate Teacher Training Programme after the 30th June Deadline?
Yes, You can apply through 'Clearing'. The Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) has a clearing system, whereby you are given a Clearing 'Passport', which allows you to apply to any training institutions that still have vacancies. If the training institution offers you an interview and then a training place that you accept, you give that institution your Clearing Passport. You can only accept one training position through clearing.
What Qualification Does the Graduate Teacher Training Programme Give Me?
It qualifies you as an NQT, a Newly Qualified Teacher. You still need to complete one year in a full-time teaching post before you are fully qualified to teach. This is the same qualification as students who follow traditional PGCE courses and the newer School Centred Initial Teacher Training Courses are awarded.