There are hundreds of different initial teacher training (ITT) courses available in the UK. Choosing between them is a challenge in itself, and you should be prepared to put in a lot of research.
Your choice of ITT provides the foundation for your future as a teacher. As well as deciding which age group and/or subject you intend to teach, you should consider:
The kind of ITT you'd like to complete
ITT courses are flexible and are designed to support a wide range of individual circumstances. You can choose from:
As a trainee, you will gain classroom experience by spending time teaching in at least two schools. Other than employment-based programmes, all routes include some training in schools as well as at your chosen university or higher education institution (HEI).
Trainee teachers will typically spend at least the following amounts of time being trained in schools:
- 160 days (32 weeks) on a four-year undergraduate programme
- 120 days (24 weeks) on a two- or three-year undergraduate programme
- 120 days (24 weeks) on a secondary programme for graduate trainees
- 90 days (18 weeks) on a primary programme for graduate trainees
The duration of employment-based schemes will be determined by the training programme.
As a graduate trainee, you are expected to have a good understanding of the subject or subjects you are training to teach before you start your ITT programme. Some subject training courses are available to help you improve your subject knowledge and understanding
Where you'd like to train
Wherever you want to train, and for whatever reason, you'll find there are ITT providers all over the country for you to choose from.
The institution you'd like to attend
No two courses of ITT are the same – largely because no two ITT providers are the same. Universities, colleges and schools all display varying characteristics, strengths and entry requirements, not to mention course content and structures. If you need help choosing an ITT provider, visit our Performance Profiles website to search for and compare universities, colleges and schools. Our compare training providers page provides more information about Performance Profiles.