Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of the Teacher Recruitment Bulletin (TRB) from the Department for Education (DfE). We have categorised the contents of this TRB below to help you navigate to the information you need.

Please forward pertinent information on to your colleagues and ITT partners to help us share important information and updates during this busy and difficult time.


COVID-19 Support

1) ITT Placements & Training – National Lockdown
2) ITT & Critical worker status
3) Online lessons & free support for Schools

ITT Recruitment

4) Virtual Train to Teach
5) Maths and Physics chairs programme
6) Future Teaching Scholars
7) Now Teach –career changers and support
8) Transition to Teach (T2T)
9) Scholarships Programme ITT 2020/21

ITT Systems & Future

10) DfE Apply – National rollout
11) DfE Register
12) ITT Review
13) Institute of Teaching

Data & Compliance

14) Database of Trainee Teachers and Providers (DTTP) updates
15) Data Compliance

International Qualifications & Recruitment

16) Recognition of teaching qualifications in the UK and EU
17) Recruiting trainee teachers from overseas

COVID-19 Support

1) ITT Placements & Training – National lockdown

ITT trainees can continue to go into their school or college on placement to support the teaching of vulnerable children and young people and the children of critical workers. Trainees can also support schools in other ways, including supporting remote education, developing lesson materials and offering pastoral support. We have reiterated this position in the guidance for schools on restricting attendance during the national lockdown.

Core and centre-based training should be conducted online until the restrictions set out in the guidance on students returning to and starting higher education in the Spring term are eased.

For more information on ITT placements, please see ‘Deployment of ITT trainees and engagement with schools’ in the guidance for schools on restricting attendance during the national lockdown: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-schools-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak?priority-taxon=b350e61d-1db9-4cc2-bb44-fab02882ac25

Further information relevant to ITT can be found in the guidance on students returning to and starting higher education in the Spring term: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses

2) ITT & critical worker status

ITT trainees are included in the definition of a critical worker. Students whose course contains an education studies element and who are on school placement fall under the definition of ‘teaching and support staff’ and are also considered critical workers.

DfE has confirmed in a letter to representatives of the higher education sector that higher education teaching staff are critical workers where they are required to support students who are continuing their placements in person and cannot be supported remotely. This guidance includes ITT tutors supporting trainees on placement. We plan to update the ITT coronavirus guidance page on GOV.​UK accordingly.

For further information on critical worker status, please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

3) Online lessons & free support for schools

Oak National Academy’s Teacher Hub provides access to 10,000 free, high-quality video lessons and curricular resources, covering the majority of subjects from reception to year 11. Schools are using Oak to support pupils who are isolating and to help reduce staff workload.

Oak National Academy has created new guides and videos to support schools to develop and implement remote education plans.

Schools can also attend one of Oak’s weekly drop-in webinars to ask questions, get support and learn more about how to make best use of Oak’s resources alongside their existing plans.

To access lesson resources, go to Oak’s Teacher Hub here: https://teachers.thenational.academy/

Click this link for guides and videos : https://support.thenational.academy/en/collections/2558575-get-started-how-to-use-oak-to-support-your-school

If you would like to sign up to Oak’s weekly webinars please follow this link: https://support.thenational.academy/en/articles/4489253-webinars-how-to-get-started-on-oak-and-best-practice-advices weekly drop-in webinars.

ITT Recruitment

4) Virtual Train to Teach
The Train to Teach events team have extended our virtual events programme into the Spring term, due to continued restrictions on holding face-to-face events. These regionally focused virtual events offer candidates the opportunity to view presentations and talk one-to-one with expert advisers, teachers and training providers about getting into teaching.

Please only apply for events in your area as we can only host a limited number of providers at each event.

Please complete the booking form by 5pm on 22 January.

To view the schedule of events and apply for a place, please submit the booking form. https://forms.gle/JWY868X2LwR5HfFb7

5) Maths & Physics Chairs Programme

The Chairs programme aims to help schools recruit high calibre post-doctoral researchers who have detailed subject knowledge to become excellent new secondary teachers in maths, physics and wider EBacc subjects. This initiative is delivered by the educational charity The Brilliant Club through the Researchers in Schools programme (RIS) and operates in conjunction with school-led ITT providers.

The programme recruits trainees to the School Direct Fee and Salaried routes and is keen to hear from ITT providers who are interested in training and placing RIS participants in their partnerships for 2021/22.

For more information about the programme, please see: https://thebrilliantclub.org/researchers-in-schools/

If you would like to speak to a member of the team, please email: hello@researchersinschools.org

6) Future Teaching Scholars

Future Teaching Scholars (FTS) is looking for schools in England with maths and physics teaching vacancies that are interested in employing a Scholar to start September 2021. FTS is a different approach to teacher training, supporting students throughout their degree and beyond.

Schools that hire a Scholar must provide a well-supported environment in which Scholars can build on their experiences. Scholars will join your school as ITT students with three or more years of in-school experiences and training and come with no recruitment fees.

You can read more about our individual scholar stories at this link: https://www.futureteachingscholars.com/scholar-stories

If you have a maths or physics teaching vacancy, or would like more details, please visit https://www.futureteachingscholars.com/itt/employing-scholars.

7) Now Teach – Career changers & support

Now Teach is a charity that attracts, recruits and aids training providers to retain career changers. This year has seen growth in the number of career changers entering teaching.

Now Teach assigns the trainee a Programme Manager who will offer free coaching and additional resources developed for career changers. The trainee has access to fellow participants, building a network of trainee teachers. Now Teach also hold events for mentors training career changers.

When surveyed 94% of Now Teach cohort members were satisfied or very satisfied with the support they received from Now Teach.

For more information on how Now Teach supports training providers, schools, and trainees, contact Jo.holmes@nowteach.org.uk

8) Transition to Teach (T2T)

The T2T programme has been developed by Cognition Education to attract experienced professionals from a range of backgrounds into teaching. Guidance and Development Advisers (GDAs) provide participants with bespoke support on any aspect of ITT and support them to develop the required skills and personal qualities to ensure they complete their ITT and NQT induction.

Our participants bring a wealth of transferrable skills to the classroom from their previous careers. If you have an NQT post available, please get in touch with our Lead GDA and we’ll support appropriate participants to apply.

For more information on Transition to Teach, please click this link: https://www.transitiontoteach.co.uk/

To inform the T2T team of available NQT posts, please email our Lead GDA, Nigel Bowen – Nbowen@transitiontoteach.co.uk

9) Scholarships Programme ITT 2021/22

Scholarship bursaries of £26,000 are now available to support chemistry, computing, maths, and physics trainees through their teacher training year. Along with tax free funding, successful applicants will also receive a support programme from their appropriate professional body.

For further scholarship details, including application processes and eligibility visit: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview/scholarships.

For more information on postgraduate bursaries and scholarships visit:

ITT Systems & Future

10) DfE Apply – national rollout

The Becoming a Teacher team would like to thank everyone that has worked with us during the last year as we rolled out Apply for teacher training. There are now 378 organisations using Apply for teacher training.

If your organisation has not already done so, please email us to access our support as you get ready for October 2021, when Apply rolls out nationally: becomingateacher@digital.education.gov.uk

11) DfE Register

Last year, we began developing the new Register trainee teachers service. Register will eventually replace the existing DTTP portal.

We’ve been testing Register with providers to make sure it’s easy and efficient to use. The feedback we’ve been receiving has been very positive and we’re grateful to everyone that has been involved so far.

Throughout 2021 we’ll be rolling out the service and will update you on our progress and what it means for you in the coming months.

To find out more or get involved in testing the new Register trainee teachers service, contact becomingateacher@digital.education.gov.uk

12) ITT Review

On 2 January 2021, DfE published a joint press notice to announce the Institute of Teaching and a statement on the ITT Review.

As part of the government’s Teacher Recruitment and Retention strategy, we committed to reviewing the ITT market to identify improvements that reduce costs for providers and exploring how we can encourage high quality providers, including high-performing MATs, to extend their reach, deliver at scale and do more to support the wider system.

The work of the Review was paused so that the government and the ITT sector could focus on the challenges caused by the pandemic.

To read the statement on the Review, please visit:

For queries about the ITT Review, please email ITT.policy@education.gov.uk

13) Institute of Teaching

DfE has announced its intention to establish an institute of teaching (the “Institute”) and released a Prior Information Notice (PIN)

Learning from the best teacher development organisations in the world, the Institute will become England’s flagship provider, showcasing delivery of the new ECF and our ambitious reforms to ITT and NPQs.

Please refer to the PIN for more information and how to sign up to our Eventbrite market warming events on the 20 & 21 January 2021 at this link : https://www.find-tender.service.gov.uk/Notice/000078-2021?origin=SearchResults&p=1

To read about the Institute, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-institute-of-teaching-set-to-be-established

Data & Compliance

14) Database of Trainee Teachers and Providers (DTTP) updates

The deadline to check your 2019/20 trainee outcomes data and sign it off is 4pm Friday 29 January 2021. Guidance on completing this was issued by email on Thursday 17 December 2020.

In addition, the system will soon open for HEI providers who wish to update 2020/21 ITT Census data submitted via the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

These will be imported to the DTTP from Monday 18 January 2021 to Friday 29 January 2021. If you are unable to update the HESA system during this time, there will be further update opportunities in April and July.

If you are unable to update the HESA system during this time, there will be further update opportunities in April and July.

15) Data Compliance

Accredited ITT providers are reminded to update records on the DTTP for trainees whose GCSE or Degree results were delayed due to Covid-19. The deadline for trainees to demonstrate the required evidence was 30 November 2020.

The COVID- 19 guidance for ITT details the extended evidence deadline:

Data returns are compliance requirement for all ITT providers. The ITT criteria are published here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/initial-teacher-training-criteria/initial-teacher-training-itt-criteria-and-supporting-advice

Please contact the DTTP team at ITT.DataManagement@education.gov.uk for any system related queries.

International qualifications & recruitment

16) Recognition of teaching qualifications in the UK and EU

The UK has left the EU. There have been changes to arrangements for the recognition of teaching qualifications.

·        Teachers qualified in the EEA or Switzerland can still apply for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). They now need to provide a Letter of Professional Standing from the organisation responsible for regulating teachers in their country of qualification.


·        Individuals with QTS who are applying for recognition in the EU from 1 January 2021 should check the latest recognition arrangements with the organisation responsible for regulating teachers in their intended destination country.

There is more information on QTS at this link : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/qualified-teacher-status-qts

17) Recruiting trainee teachers from overseas

The new points-based immigration system now applies to trainee teachers from overseas arriving in the UK. These trainees, including those from the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, need to apply for a visa. ITT providers may need to become visa sponsors if they want to recruit trainees who are not UK or Irish nationals. There are restrictions on state schools becoming visa sponsors.

EEA and Swiss trainees who were living in the UK by 31 December 2020 can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 30 June 2021 in order to continue living, working and studying in the UK without applying through the points-based immigration system.

You can find more information in the following resources:

Guidance for ITT providers about recruiting trainee teachers from overseas: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/recruit-trainee-teachers-from-overseas-accredited-itt-providers

A DfE/Home Office webinar for ITT providers about the points-based immigration system:

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