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The Teaching Agency is responsible for allocating and funding teacher training places in line with the needs of the sector, and national targets set by the Department. If training providers have any enquiries regarding allocations please liaise with your regional lead for more information.
If you want to become an initial teacher training (ITT) provider, you should contact the accreditation team.
The Teaching Agency accredits institutions to deliver mainstream initial teacher training (ITT) courses, which consist of undergraduate and postgraduate routes leading to qualified teacher status (QTS). The mainstream ITT route is delivered by higher education institutions (HEIs) and school-based initial teacher training (SCITT) providers.
Employment-based initial teacher training (EBITT) comprises training programmes that allow trainees to work in a school and follow an individual training programme designed to enable them meet the Secretary of State's standards for the award of qualified teacher status. Trainees must be employed by a school and work towards QTS, all at the same time.
Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) courses are pre-initial teacher training courses. They are designed to help potential trainees gain the depth of knowledge in their chosen subject they will need to train to teach.
The training bursary is a financial incentive to attract and retain high-quality graduates into the teaching profession
ITT providers that receive Teaching Agency funding are bound by the terms of the Teaching Agency's financial memorandum, which states the terms and conditions under which payment is made. Providers that receive Teaching Agency funding are subject to monitoring and auditing.
The Golden Hello Scheme is closed for all trainees starting their initial teacher training in the academic year 2011/12 and beyond.
Trainees who started their postgraduate ITT course before 1 August 2011 will continue to be able to make their application for the Golden Hello Scheme under the current terms and conditions.
Teaching Agency Accreditation Team
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