How to become a teacher – which route is best for you?
What’s the difference between School Direct, Apprenticeship and Provider-Led Routes?
‘School Direct’, ‘Apprenticeship’ and ‘Provider-Led’ refers to the types of organisations that are offering the training. One route is not any better quality than another but they are funded differently.
- Provider-Led is a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training), a partnership of schools offering training who are accredited by the DfE
- School Direct Training is offered by schools, working in partnership with a SCITT or University
- Graduate Teaching Apprenticeships are offered by schools, working in partnership with a SCITT or University.
Provider-led training routes charge fees and are not able to offer salaried courses.
So what’s the difference between a School Direct Salaried Route and a Graduate Apprenticeship?
Well, they both offer the same salary, and you used to need to have 3 years work experience to apply for School Direct Salaried and not for the Graduate Apprenticeship route, but you can now apply for either without this work experience requirement. On School Direct Salaried Routes you will typically finish training in July and be assessed at that point and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status. On the Graduate Apprenticeship you will typically finish your formal training in July and will be assessed when you are ready during the following Autumn Term and be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.
What is the salary like?
The salary offered is calculated on the Unqualified Teachers Pay Scale for 11 months.
What about fees?
On both the School Direct Salaried Route and the Graduate Apprenticeship Route fees are paid by the school on both the Provider-led and the School Direct Training Route trainees must pay the fees of £9,000 per year (usually funded through student loans).
How to become a teacher – Choosing your route
It can be tricky deciding which route to take to enable you to know for sure how to become a teacher in Essex. There are many courses available, and at Essex and Thames Primary SCITT, we pride ourselves on offering a large range of options. The flow chart below has been put together to help you decide how to become a teacher on the best route for you.
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We are always very happy to talk you through how to become a teacher with us. You can call, email or visit us at our base at Runwell Community Primary School.