Training Fee Funded
✓ Primary ✓ Primary SEN ✓Secondary
Postgraduate Teacher Training (fee-funded) offers practical training in our partner schools with the support of skilled BPN colleagues and delivery partners.
Successful completion of the programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).Apply for Primary Apply for Secondary
At a glance
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
4 days a week
Centre based training
1 day a week
Personal Tutor visits & observation
Full time (minimum of 30 hours a week)
What are the benefits?
- Placement experience: benefit from professional learning and teaching practice in our partner placement schools
- Learning applied in practice: develop skills and techniques which can be immediately applied in your placement or employment setting
- Fully supported: receive the support of a BPN tutor and in-school mentor and get help from our wellbeing and programme teams
- Sequenced curriculum: a curriculum deliberately structured to build on the previous term’s learning. Your classroom practice will improve as your knowledge builds
- Research-informed: access the latest research & evidence of what works best in teacher training
- National cohort: join a network of like-minded individuals across the country
- Training with Best Practice Network means you can access the full 'Golden Thread' of teacher and leadership development as you build your career, from Initial Teacher Training (ITT) through to leadership
"I would like to express how delighted we are as a school with the programme so far. I have two members of staff participating and the skills and knowledge they have gained so far is incredible."
Rebecca Lyon | Headteacher | Barkston & Syston CoE Primary School
Trainees choose from one of two age ranges – both are full time, lasting one year:
- Primary (age 3-7 years) - focussing on Reception and Key Stage One
- Primary (age 5-11 years) - focussing on Key Stage One and Key Stage Two
Age ranges & subject specialisms
Trainees choose from one of two age ranges and one of 9 subject specialisms.
- Secondary (age 11-16 years)
- Secondary (age 14-19 years)
How is the programme delivered?
The programme is full time (minimum of 30 hours a week) and runs for four terms.
- Pre-Autumn term: Induction– a one-week programme for all new trainees, when we'll ensure that you have a smooth start to the programme
- Autumn term: You will have one main placement this term. You will be in your placement school four days a week and training in your campus one day a week.
- Spring term: You will time in a contrasting school placement. This placement will be organised for you by our placement co-ordinators.
- Spring and summer term: You will return to your main placement school. This will help you to strengthen existing relationships and to deepen your teaching knowledge, as well as giving you the opportunity to prepare for the recommendation of QTS.
Who is this for?
Applicants must hold:
- A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent with a 2:2 or above
- GCSE* grade 4/C or above in English, maths and science, or the recognised equivalent*
- School experience is not an entry requirement, however we strongly recommend this as a way of helping to confirm your chosen career
- You can read more about eligibility on the Get Into Teaching website
*Please note for entry to the ITT Post Graduate Fee-funded route, you must have GCSE maths, English and science at Grade C / 4 or above.
However, if you hold Level 2 Functional Skills, Key Skills or another maths or English qualification, you will need still need to complete GCSE Equivalency testing to meet the ITT entry requirements.
**GCSE equivalent does not include Functional or Key Skills for the purpose of meeting the ITT requirements. Please do give us a ring to discuss further.
The cost of training to teach is £8,500 for full-time study.
Home and EEA students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost. This would be available through Student Finance England. You won’t have to pay the cost of tuition charges up front and you will only repay the loan once you are in full-time employment and earning above £21,000
Home students in England may also be eligible for a maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs (please note EU students cannot apply). The loan is paid directly into your bank account at the start of term. You have to pay the loan back. This would be available through Student Finance England.
Please view our tuition fee policy here.
Bursaries & Scholarships
Postgraduate teaching bursaries and scholarships are only available for the subjects listed below. You cannot receive both a teaching bursary and a scholarship.
You must be eligible for student finance to receive a bursary or scholarship (unless you’re training to teach physics or languages).
|Art and design||£10,000|
|Design and technology||£25,000|
(French, German and Spanish only)
(all other languages, including ancient languages)
You do not need to apply for a bursary. If you’re eligible, you’ll automatically receive it.
To be eligible for a bursary, you’ll need at least one of the following:
-A bachelor's degree class 2:2 (honours) or higher
-A master's degree
You’ll also need to meet the bursary scheme’s individual terms and conditions. You can find more detailed information on the .gov website.
To be eligible for a scholarship, you’ll need at least one of the following:
-A bachelor's degree class 2:2 (honours) or higher
-A master's degree
In exceptional circumstances, if you achieved a 2:2 in your degree you may still be awarded a scholarship if you have significant relevant experience.
Host trainees on placement at your school
Share your passion and school culture with the next generation of teachers by hosting trainees in your school. As well as benefitting from the enthusiasm and new ideas of trainees, schools are paid £60 per trainee per week.
Fill in the form below to register your interest in hosting trainee teachers at your schools. More information can be found in the ITT Placement Guide.
An honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution at 2:2 or above. You will also need GCSE/GCE English, maths and science at grade 4 (C) or above (or equivalent).
You will need to apply to ENIC for a certificate of equivalency, and we will check that against the regulations that the government sets for entry into the profession.
You'll need to apply for an equivalency GCSE.
We accept equivalency tests from:
- A* Star Teachers www.astarteachers.co.uk
(This will be at your own cost).
If you also have non-UK GCSE equivalent examinations, send all of your certificates together.
(This will be at your own cost).
No. Although these are Level 2 qualifications, as are GCSEs, they do not cover the same breadth of knowledge so cannot be accepted as equivalent to a GCSE.
We aim to place all trainees no more than 45-minute travel away from home.
We will take into consideration your needs, in order to ensure we choose the right placement for you.
No – you only need QTS to be employed as a qualified teacher, which you achieve on successful completion of our course. A PGCE is an additional academic qualification awarded by a university which some providers offer alongside QTS.
Fee-funded is through a student loan and as you will be classed as full-time student, this would be unsalaried. The apprenticeship route would allow you to be paid a wage and your employer would cover the cost of the programme through the Apprenticeship Levy Fund.
Although not essential, prior school experience will strengthen your application and provide you with an invaluable insight into what teaching is really like and the role and responsibilities of a classroom teacher.
Contact schools who know you or local schools asking who the appropriate contact is. Be flexible. Schools are busy places and so might not always offer you exactly what you requested. Volunteering is a great option if your schedule permits.
Schools may require a DBS check as a matter of policy and you will need this as a trainee teacher. It would be wise to obtain this as soon as possible as they can take weeks to complete.
No, we are only offering the postgraduate fee-funded and employment based (apprenticeship) route.
There is no ‘best route’ into teaching. The question is which is the best route into teaching for you? This may depend on your own personal situation.
We’re looking for people who want to become outstanding teachers; people who genuinely enjoy working with children and young people; people who are passionate about education and who are relentless in their drive to ensure positive outcomes for children.
Further essential qualities are outstanding organisation and communication skills, resilience, a proactive reflective approach and good interpersonal skills. You should also have determination and energy, high standards of English, maths and excellent subject knowledge.
You will benefit from bespoke weekly core training days with your fellow trainees, additional tailored subject-specific training days, a school-based mentor and a personal Best Practice Network tutor, as well as support from a knowledgeable and accessible programme team including a placement coordinator who will arrange your second placement in a contrasting school environment.
There are two training pathways for you to consider. We offer a 3-7 and 5-11 route. The 3-7 route encompass early years specialism and your placements will take place in early years and key stage 1. The 5-11 route specialises in the curriculum across the entire primary phase meaning your placements will take place in key stage 1 and key stage 2 classes. Both routes lead to QTS meaning you will be qualified to teach across the primary phase regardless of which route you take.
We do not offer placements in SEN settings. Only offering placements in mainstream schools currently.
Yes, you would be eligible for Primary QTS. We would recommend you consider the apprenticeship route.
Any offer we make will be conditional on health checks, disclosure and barring check (DBS) and completing mandatory safeguarding online course.
The selection process will check your competence in spoken and written English.
If you have a master's without a degree, you will have to demonstrate the breadth and time of the academic engagement that would be expected to meet 1st degree study and would not be less than 3 years.
You will be eligible if you have:
- The right to work in the UK / settlement status
- Have held a residency in the UK for the last 3 years
We do not offer this as a course.
The amount of teaching builds up over the year. For example in the first module they would start by team teaching and working with groups or in more of a supportive role like a Teaching Assistant.
No, you have to be assessed on teaching the age range you have specialised in.
No, as you have already achieved QTS.
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