20 October 2005
Issued by the Training and Development Agency for Schools
Bradford College, Leeds
University and Sheffield Hallam to host pre-teacher training
Bradford College, Leeds University and Sheffield Hallam
have been chosen by the Training and Development Agency
for Schools (TDA) as three of the selected universities
and colleges in the country to offer graduates pre-teacher
The Universities and College are to run a pre-teacher training
course in physics which has been designed to enable graduates
to enhance their subject knowledge before starting their
secondary initial teacher training courses.
The physics enhancement course runs for six months and
will allow graduates with either an A-level in the subject,
an element of the subject in their degree, or occupational
experience, to build on and deepen their knowledge.
Graham Holley, Executive Director of the TDA, said: “We
are trying to get closer to schools’ needs and boost
young people’s achievement. Essentially we need more
physics teachers in secondary schools. There are many graduates
who would make excellent physics teachers but who don’t
have the right breadth of knowledge to be able to teach
the subject. The new course at the Universities and College
has been designed to help more people get that knowledge
so they can begin initial teacher training."
There are no fees for the courses and a bursary of £150
per week is available for the duration. To be eligible,
candidates must have secured a place on an accredited secondary
initial teacher training programme.
The pre-training courses in all subjects will be rolled-out
nationally to over 700 graduates, and are timely as teaching
has recently been identified as the number one choice of
career for final year students* and also the first choice
of profession among career changers**.
Once a pre-training course has been completed, eligible
trainees on postgraduate courses are entitled to a training
bursary worth £6,000 - £9,000. Newly Qualified
Teachers (NQTs) with a PGCE in mathematics, sciences or
languages may also be eligible for a taxable ‘Golden
Hello’ payment worth £2,500 - £5,000 after
successfully completing their induction period.
To find out more, visit www.teach.gov.uk/enhancement
Mel Garfield / Andi Neophytou / Michael Sheen at Band &
Tel: 020 7419 7312 / 6949 / 8616; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
/ email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
General TDA enquiries
0870 496 0123
Training and Development Agency for Schools
*The UK Graduate Careers Survey, High Fliers Research Ltd
and conducted among 16,113 final year students at 30 universities
in the UK and Ireland, showed teaching, media and marketing
as the top three career destinations of choice.
** Top Choice for Career Changers conducted among 1,778
working graduates, showed teaching as the top choice for
For more information about how to become a teacher, see
www.teach.gov.uk. Personal advice is available from the
Teaching Information Line on 0845 6000 991 – 992 for
Welsh speakers (minicom 01245 45 43 43).
Applications for most postgraduate Initial Teacher Training
courses are processed through the Graduate Teacher Training
Registry and can be submitted online at www.gttr.ac.uk.
Applications for undergraduate teacher training courses
can be made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions
A Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) can expect to start on
a salary of at least £19,161 (£23,001 in inner
London) in September 2005. The pay scale for good, experienced
classroom teachers who have 'crossed the threshold' rises
to at least £30,339 outside London and £35,985
in inner London in September. Additional allowances may
be paid to teachers considered to be excellent, and to those
who take on management and other responsibilities. The pay
scale for head teachers can rise to over £90,000 depending
on size of school.
Eligible trainees on postgraduate initial teacher training
courses in England are entitled to a tax-free training bursary
Details are available at www.tda.gov.uk/recruit/thetrainingprocess/coursefunding