Overview for Potential Apprentices (Level 6 QTS only)

Overview for Potential Apprentices (Level 6 QTS only)

Please read the information pertaining to employers, but please also be aware of the following:

  • The PGTA (Post Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship) is a Level 6 qualification leading to QTS (not including PGCE)
  • It is a salaried route so will be of particular interest to you if you are interested in training in a subject where there is either no bursary (or the bursary is minimal)
  • If you are already working as an unqualified teacher (UQT) in a school in a subject where there is a need for more teachers, an apprenticeship could be an area of discussion for you to have with your Line Manager or Head Teacher – as a possible way by which you could qualify as a teacher
  • There is an interview process similar to that of any other job interview for a teaching role. If your application is successful, you will be expected to teach a short lesson of around 20 – 30 minutes and you will have a formal interview with Leadership, plus any other interview activities the school might have for their interview process
  • Unlike the PGCE route into teaching, you will be expected to start teaching and to take your own classes straight away at the start of the academic year. You will be responsible for all planning and assessments for your classes, in the same way that any classroom teacher would
  • In terms of the amount of time you should be teaching, this will be 80% of a teacher’s timetable over four days (as you will spend one day a week in off-the-job training – there is an 80%/20% split between on and off the job training
  • You will spend Fridays either at Staffordshire University, another designated venue or at school (task-based activities and not teaching – this could be working on schemes of learning, for example)
  • You will be assigned a mentor and a mentor meeting should take place each week to discuss overall progress against the Teacher Standards
  • You will be contracted by the school until the end of your apprenticeship – usually, the school will offer a permanent contract once the apprenticeship is completed, but this is not a pre-requisite of the apprenticeship and your contract during the duration of the apprenticeship will be a temporary one