Teacher Recruitment Bulletin: July 2020

Welcome to the July 2020 edition of the Teacher Recruitment Bulletin, which contains important information to support your recruitment of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees and teachers.

Your colleagues can subscribe to this bulletin by emailing: teacher.recruitmentbulletin@education.gov.uk.


ITT Recruitment

1) Guidance Updates for all ITT Partnerships
2) Summer Recruitment Service
3) Important Changes to the Professional Skills Tests
4) Changes to the Database of Trainee Teachers and Providers (DTTP) and July updates

Support available

5) Associate support for accredited ITT providers
6) COVID-19 ITT course extension funding
7) Teaching Vacancies Service

Programme Updates

8) Now Teach Network & Programme Update
9) Cognition Education Programme Update
10) Maths and physics chairs programme – trainees available for September 2020
11) Future Teaching Scholars: an opportunity to fill maths and physics vacancies.
12) Recruit International Teachers for STEM and MFL
13) Extra support for school early career teachers
14) Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) courses

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15) Preparing for the DfE Apply for Teacher Training service

ITT Recruitment

1. Guidance updates for ITT Partnerships

DfE has introduced several changes in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We recommend that you review the links provided below for full information.

We have published guidance about managing initial teacher training courses impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19). Please check this publication regularly for the latest information and updates: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-itt/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-itt

ITT regulations have been amended. These can be found here: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/464/contents/made

Changes to criteria documents have also been made:

ITT criteria: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/initial-teacher-training-criteria/initial-teacher-training-itt-criteria-and-supporting-advice

Early years ITT criteria: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-itt-requirements-supporting-advice

Assessment Only Route to QTS: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-assessment-only-route-to-qts/assessment-only-route-to-qts-criteria-and-supporting-advice

Candidates are able to access support through the Get into Teaching service (https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk), and trainees are encouraged to keep in regular contact with their chosen providers.

2. Summer Recruitment Service

On 23 June, Nick Gibb MP, Minister for School Standards, confirmed that we will again be providing the Summer Recruitment Service to assist ITT2020 recruitment. Candidates will be directed via the Teacher Training Adviser (TTA) service to providers and schools who have confirmed that they will be open in the summer.

If you will be recruiting over the summer, please let us know using the link below by Friday, 24 July, and we will pass this information to our Teacher Training Advisers.

If you are not recruiting over the summer, you should close your courses on the Find service and any other online platforms where the courses are listed.

Please view the Guidance for Publish teacher training courses: https://www.us19.list-manage.com/track/click?u=51a09bc4febb44c520a61d4fc&id=2ad051fd79&e=52bc1b49d5

3. Important Changes to the Professional Skills Tests

Professional Skills Tests have been replaced with provider-led assurance for all new entrants into teacher training from 1 April 2020. The Skills Tests Test Centres closed on 24 June 2020.
Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers will assure a candidate’s fundamental English and mathematics. This applies to all routes into teaching.

Trainees who started ITT courses prior to July 2013 and have not passed Skills Tests now need to take another route into teaching, if they still wish to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This can be any recognised route that leads to QTS. They can use elements of their original course to satisfy the requirements of the new route, if the provider deems them to be relevant or appropriate.

Should you require further information, please contact skills.tests@education.gov.uk.

4. Changes to the Database of Trainee Teachers and Providers (DTTP) and July updates

DTTP Changes

We are currently implementing some changes to the DTTP. These include:

·        removing obsolete pages and data fields from the system

·        improved validations to prevent errors

HEIs: July Updates – Monday 20 July to Friday 31 July

This is the last opportunity for HEI providers to make changes to their 2019/2020 Census data submitted via HESA.

For any updates during this period, please request a decommit by emailing ITT.DataManagement@education.gov.uk.

Entering New Trainees to the DTTP

Providers are reminded not to enter trainees for academic year 2020 to 2021 onto the DTTP until after the 31 July (academic year Clock-over).

Full details on the changes and requirements for registering trainee teachers for the 2020 to 2021 period will be communicated directly to training providers.

Support available

5. Associate support for accredited ITT Providers

We have made specialist associate support available to support ITT providers through the various issues relating to the delivery of ITT programmes this year and to help prepare for a new cohort next academic year.

These areas could include:

·        Core Content Framework

·        Ofsted Inspection Framework

·        Securing Placements

·        Mentoring

·        Recruitment for 2021

This support is limited and therefore cannot be guaranteed. While support will be of benefit to the wider partnership, it is being offered only to accredited ITT providers. Support will be conducted remotely.

If you have not already done so, accredited ITT providers wishing to access this support should contact ITT.accreditation@education.gov.uk stating their accredited ITT provider name and appropriate contact details.

6. COVID-19 ITT course extension funding

In April, we issued guidance to help providers and schools reduce the impact of COVID-19 on initial teacher training (ITT) provision. We confirmed that 2019 to 2020 trainees making adequate progress towards the teachers’ standards should be recommended for QTS at the end of their course.

In June, we updated the guidance to confirm availability of course extension funding for trainees whose courses were disrupted by COVID-19, and who are not awarded QTS in summer 2020 as a result:

Schools and ITT providers should take steps to enable these trainees to complete their training in the autumn term 2020.

Further details regarding the funding available can be found in the COVID-19 ITT course extension funding manual: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/funding-itt-coronavirus-covid-19-course-extensions-2019-to-2020

7. Teaching Vacancies Service

We have improved the functionality on Teaching Vacancies, the free to use job listing service from DfE, to help job seekers find their next teaching role and to make it quicker and easier to use for hiring schools.

Encourage your students to sign up to our ‘job alert’ function, ensuring they do not miss out on the latest teaching opportunities that match their key search criteria.

A new ‘upload document’ feature allows hiring schools to upload relevant documents to job listings such as a job specification and application forms. This provides the relevant information jobseekers need to apply directly for a teaching role.

We have implemented changes to the on-site search function, allowing jobseekers to add and refine search synonyms for subjects and job titles e.g NQT, faith schools, primary teacher etc. resulting in more relevant results for jobseekers.

For more information, please visit https://teaching-vacancies.service.gov.uk/

Programme updates

8. Now Teach Network & Programme Update

Now Teach career changers are training with over 40 different providers across the South East, Midlands, and East of England.

What does Now Teach offer to complement their training experience?

·        Individual support. Trainees have a dedicated Programme Manager who is there to advise career changers. This includes helping people adjust from one career to another, understanding the system, well-being coaching, career coaching or IT training.


·        Network opportunities. Bringing trainees together and allowing opportunities to hear speakers from leading voices in education, building the movement of career-changers in teaching. These opportunities include Network Sessions, monthly evening Teach Meets, Socials, and a conference.
This is all at no cost to the participant or provider.

For more information please visit: https://nowteach.org.uk/partnerships/

9. Cognition Education Programme Update

The Transition to Teach (T2T) programme has been developed by Cognition Education and funded by the Department for Education (DfE) to attract experienced, talented professionals from a range of backgrounds into teaching, and work to retain them for the long-term, supporting them through their Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Newly-Qualified Teacher (NQT) years.

Guidance and Development Advisers (GDAs) provide participants with a complementary layer of bespoke support and guidance on any aspect of ITT, as they progress through the programme, and support them to develop the required skills and personal qualities to ensure they complete their ITT and NQT induction. We will be in touch to discuss next steps if you are training our participants from this September.

For more information, please visit https://www.transitiontoteach.co.uk/

10. Maths and physics chairs programme – trainees available for September 2020

The Brilliant Club continues to place postdoctoral researchers to train and teach in non-selective state schools across England from September 2020 through the Researchers in Schools (RIS) programme.

The programme recruits trainees to School Direct fee and salaried routes, as part of the drive to increase the number of maths, physics and wider EBacc subject expert teachers. We are keen to hear from ITT providers who have training placements available in their partnerships for September 2020.

To view details, please visit The Brilliant Club: https://thebrilliantclub.org/about-the-brilliant-club/what-is-tbc/ and Researchers in Schools: https://researchersinschools.org/.
For further information, email hello@researchersinschools.org or call 020 7939 1947.

11. Future Teaching Scholars: an opportunity to fill maths and physics vacancies

Future Teaching Scholars (FTS) is looking for schools with maths teaching vacancies that are interested in employing a Scholar to start this September. FTS is a new 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 experience (https://www.futureteachingscholars.com/itt/employing-scholars).
We are particularly interested to hear from schools in Nottinghamshire, Liverpool and North-West London.

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.

If you have a maths or physics teaching vacancy, or would like more information, please visit https://www.futureteachingscholars.com/ or email schools@futureteachingscholars.com.

12. Recruit International Teachers for STEM and MFL

State funded schools and academies in England can get help from the International Teacher Recruitment Programme and Spain’s Visiting Teacher Programme to recruit STEM and MFL teachers from overseas for a January start.

All teachers recruited through these programmes will:

·        be experienced teachers qualified in their country

·        be screened for safeguarding and quality

·        receive a free acclimatisation package to help with settling into life and teaching in England

·        receive a free continuous professional development (CPD) programme

DfE will fund:

·        recruitment costs, including a DfE appointed recruitment agency

·        acclimatisation package and an ongoing CPD programme during the teacher’s first year, delivered by a DfE appointed acclimatisation provider

To register your interest and find out more please visit;

13. Extra support for school early career teachers

In light of disruptions to ITT this year, we recently announced extra support for early career teachers starting this autumn:

·        Schools in the North East, Bradford, Doncaster and Greater Manchester can sign up to an early roll-out of the Early Career Framework reforms: a 2-year programme of development and support.

·        Recognising that all new teachers have had their training disrupted, we will make a 1-year funded offer of support available to some schools outside of these areas.

We will also publish the ‘Core Induction Programme’ – resources and tools for delivering early career development, which will be available to all schools ahead of national roll-out next year.

For more information about this support, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/early-career-framework-reforms#how-the-offer-will-work

14. Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) courses

TSST offers free courses to support non-specialist teachers to teach secondary mathematics, core maths, physics and modern foreign languages. Many schools are now offering online courses.

TSST can:

·        Reduce the need to recruit externally for teachers in high demand areas – saving time and cost.

·        Help keep teachers at your school at a time of challenging retention.

·        Benefit schools with timetable planning and workforce flexibility.

Further information about courses in your area can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/teacher-subject-specialism-training-courses

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15. Preparing for the DfE Apply for Teacher Training service

To improve ITT candidates’ and providers’ application experiences, we have developed Apply for teacher training, a new gov.​uk service for applying to postgraduate ITT courses in England, aimed at streamlining the process of becoming a teacher.

All postgraduate ITT applications will come through Apply from October 2021, but providers interested in early adoption can start testing, shaping, and using the service’s new features starting from the next cycle.

New features include but are not limited to: easily managing incoming applications; viewing candidates’ declared safeguarding issues and required support prior to interviews; granting specific decision-making permissions to partnered schools; ability to add notes when reviewing applications; providing structured feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

To join the service before national rollout, please contact becomingateacher@digital.education.gov.uk.

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