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Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship

Surrey South Farnham SCITT offers a variety of training routes – tuition fee (self-funded with the help of  student loans), salaried (an employment based programme, supported by a school) and a PGCE option (Roehampton University work with us to deliver this post-graduate qualification with 60 Master’s-level credits).

The Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship is an exciting new route into teaching and has been launched for September 2018.

All routes lead to ‘Qualified Teacher Status’ (QTS).

We are also able to offer 'End Point Assessment' to other training providers (please see tab on left).

Sir Andrew Carter, OBE (Surrey South Farnham SCITT and SFET CEO) chaired the Trailblazer group for the new Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship and we are very excited about the opportunities that this new employment based route will bring.

Surrey South Farnham SCITT are fully committed to delivering the Apprenticeship.


The new Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship has now been launched and this means that schools have an opportunity to use apprenticeship funding for training. Apprentice teachers will have to meet the same statutory requirements for entry as all other ITT programmes and will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. The apprenticeship route combines paid work with on and off-the-job training. QTS will be awarded to successful apprentices after three terms, as currently. In their fourth term (i.e. first term of NQT year) trainee apprenticeships will undergo an ‘end point assessment’ by an independent assessor and, if successful, will then be deemed to have completed their apprenticeship training.

What will it look like?

The apprenticeship will be very similar to the school direct salaried programme.

What are apprentices to be paid?

Apprentices are to be paid on the unqualified teacher scale (academies, non-maintained schools and free schools will follow their own pay arrangements) and employed full time for the duration of their training. Salary costs will be met by the employer and Surrey South Farnham will make a contribution towards this. Once QTS has been awarded apprentices will be paid as NQTs and will have the same employment rights as NQTs. Those employed by free schools and academies will be paid in accordance with the salary flexibilities allowed by those schools.


Employing schools that pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to draw down up to £9,000 from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to fund the cost of training and the end point assessment.

0nly accredited initial training providers (SCITTs and HEIs) that have successfully applied to the register of apprenticeship training providers can offer the teaching apprenticeships. As the results of these applications will not be known until January 2018 we have placed a notice on UCAS to the effect that applicants for the School Direct Salaried Route will have the opportunity to change their SD salaried place to the Post-Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship Route after discussion with their school and provider.

This route is available for applications this month, for candidates starting their apprenticeship in 2018 (please note that the DfE will be reviewing this route during the first year to see where improvements can be made and also to ensure it captures wider QTS changes taking place). Information about all of this can be found:

  • Press notice can be found here. 
  • Information for providers can be found here.
  • Information for candidates can be found here.
  • The apprenticeship standard and the end-point assessment plan for the post-graduate teaching apprenticeship is online here.

Apprentice entry criteria

The entry criteria for postgraduate teaching apprenticeship will be the same as for other teacher training routes. Applicants must have:

  • the equivalent to a grade 4 (or C) in GCSE English, Science and Mathematics
  • a degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification
  • successfully completed the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy

Additional frequently asked questions:

Q1. How does the apprenticeship differ from other employment led routes to QTS such as School Direct salaried?

All routes to QTS, including the apprenticeship, will have to adhere to the Secretary of State’s criteria for initial teacher training, be subject to OFSTED inspection and be delivered by accredited ITE providers. The apprenticeship will differ in respect of the post-QTS EPA process and the funding mechanism. In practice, it is likely that the first three terms of the apprenticeship will be similar to salaried programmes.

Q2: How much training will apprentices receive?

Apprentices will be entitled to receive at least 20% of their time for off-the-job training. While this can take place in school settings, the training must be distinct from normal working duties. Our training will include the following:

Induction training days

National Curriculum, Planning & Assessment

Spelling SKE

Punctuation and Grammar SKE

Mathematics SKE

English – Day 1: The Teaching of Reading


Trainee and Mentor Induction Day

Science – Day 1

Behaviour Management

SEND training

SEND school visit 1

SEND school visit 2

Maths – Day 1

Effective Learning

Early Years Foundation Stage

English – Day 2: The Teaching of Phonics

Phonics – observations in a different setting

Phonics – teaching in a different setting


Assessment & Effective Feedback


First Posts & Interviews

Evidencing the Teachers’ Standards

Maths – Day 2

Science – Day 2

Modern Foreign Languages

English – Day 3: The Teaching of Writing

Art & Design

EAL training

EAL visit




Maths – Day 3

Technology for Learning


Final Assessment training

Get into Growing – cross-curricular Science at RHS Wisley

Secondary and primary transition – school visit

Surrey Maths Hub additional training – mastery and bar modelling

Q3: How are places for the apprenticeship allocated?

Lead schools holding SDS places for 2018/19 will be able to use these places for either SDS or apprenticeship programmes. People that have either applied for or been accepted to a SDS programme can only be transferred to an apprenticeship route with their agreement.

Q4: Can a SDS place for 2018/19 be changed to an apprenticeship place at any time during the 2017/18 academic year?

Yes, provided that UCAS requirements are met and that those who have either applied for or been offered SDS places are not made to switch to an apprenticeship without their agreement.

Q5: How do people apply for apprenticeships?

Through UCAS as with other QTS programmes.  Providers offering SDS and apprenticeships will have to identify each separately.  

Q6: What are the entry requirements?

The same as for any other postgraduate QTS programme.

Q7: Will a school that wishes to train an existing employee (e.g. a teaching assistant) through the apprenticeship have to recruit that person via UCAS?

Yes. All applications received through UCAS will have to be considered on merit.

Q8: Why would someone need to complete an apprenticeship once they have been awarded QTS?

The apprentice will have a contract of employment lasting for at least one year, so are likely to remain with their employer for the fourth term, although they can’t be compelled to do so. During that time they should receive professional development support as part of the apprenticeship agreement.

Q9: What do the end point assessments entail?

This will consist of a lesson observation carried out by the independent assessor and a professional discussion involving the apprentice and a panel consisting of the independent assessor, a representative of the training provider and an employer representative. 

Q10: How will the quality of the end point assessment process be assured?

As only accredited providers will be able to carry out EPAs, the final assessment against the apprenticeship standards (which are also the Teachers' Standards) will be robust. An organisation (The Association of Accredited Teacher Education Providers – AATEP) to be established by UCET and NASSBTT will monitor the EPA process from a national perspective.

Q11: Will someone successfully completing the EPA still have to successfully complete their induction year?

A: Yes. Normal rules in regards to the induction year will apply. 

Q12: Will the apprenticeship change in the light of the QTS review?

A: The apprenticeship might change in the light of the DFE review of QTS, which will apply to those entering training programmes from September 2019. A consultation on the review is expected to be launched soon.