Welcome to the start of the ITT recruitment 2021/22 cycle.

Candidates can now start to search for postgraduate ITT courses for 2021 at this link:

This October 2020 edition of the Teacher Recruitment Bulletin contains vital information to support your recruitment of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) trainees and teachers.

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


ITT 2021 Recruitment Cycle

1) Financial incentives for ITT 2021/22
2) Apply for Teacher Training : Join the pilot
3) Virtual Train to Teach event spaces
4) Delayed confirmation of SKE package for academic year 2020/21
5) Case studies to support the Get into Teaching (GiT) PR campaign
6) Teaching Schools and ITT
7) Part time ITT courses
8) Cognition Education programme update
9) Now Teach network & programme update

International recruitment

10) Recruitment to International Teachers MFL & STEM
11) Recognition of teaching qualifications after the transition period
12) Recruiting trainee teachers from overseas – prepare for the new immigration system

Training and supporting the 2020/21 cohort

13) Support for ITT in 2020
14) ITT Criteria and supporting advice updates
15) Entry requirements and replacement certificates
16) ITT Core Content Framework (CCF) Implementation
17) ITT Census collection 2020/21
18) ITT Performance profiles 2019/20 is now paused

Early career support

19) Mathematics and Physics retention payments
20) Extra support for early career teachers
21) Teaching Vacancies
22) Free support for non-specialist teachers
23) Reducing teacher workload – DfE hosted online events featuring school leaders & Ofsted

ITT 2021 Recruitment Cycle

1) Financial Incentives for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) 2021/22

We will be announcing this autumn financial incentives available for ITT courses starting in academic year 2021/22. As always, financial incentives are reviewed annually; therefore, schools and providers should not assume that the new offer will be the same as last year’s.

2) Apply for Teacher Training : Join the pilot

Apply for teacher training is a GOV.​UK service created to improve candidates’ and providers’ teacher training application experience. It has been tested and designed to be easy to use and many providers are already using Apply for teacher training.

This October, we are inviting more providers to join the service.

By October 2021, Apply for teacher training will be the only application route for Postgraduate ITT in England.

If you have further questions or would like to discuss when is the right time for you to join and have your courses on Apply for teacher training, contact becomingateacher@digital.education.gov.uk.

3) Virtual Train to Teach event spaces available

The Train to Teach events team have created a brand new platform for events, enabling us to recreate our Train to Teach events in an online, virtual setting. These regionally focused 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.

·        Wednesday 4 November – Peterborough
·        Thursday 5 November– Exeter
·        Tuesday 10 November – Liverpool
·        Wednesday 11 November – Bristol
·        Thursday 12 November – Guildford
·        Tuesday 17 November – Norwich
·        Thursday 19 November – Coventry
·        Monday 23 November – York
·        Wednesday 25 November – Cambridge
·        Thursday 26 November – Manchester

To apply for a place at an event, please submit the booking form before 5pm on Friday 16 October using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfSykAPImgDnyzMyaoKujaToIT8UsUfuCkzaCk-Qe9PWA-3Tg/viewform

4) Delayed confirmation of SKE package for academic year 2020/21

On 15 September we wrote to ITT providers ahead of the start of the next ITT recruitment cycle to share some important information about Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses in the academic year 2020/21. For information and to remind ITT providers of the current position, please see the content of the letter below.

Note, we will also be updating the GiT and GOV.​UK websites to reflect the current position with SKE. We ask that ITT providers also consider amendments to their marketing material and update any references to SKE on their ‘Find Postgraduate Teacher Training’ course page via the ‘Publish teacher training courses’ portal.

Letter to ITT providers

‘We have written to SKE delivery organisations today to inform them that we do not expect to confirm the SKE package available for candidates for ITT courses starting in 2021 until the end of the 2020 calendar year. This is later than usual as confirmation of funding is dependent on the government’s Spending Review which is currently underway. We have also advised that SKE funding and SKE subject availability may change as we look to ensure we make best use of funds, given the increased interest in teaching. This means SKE providers should not start any candidates on SKE courses from 1 October for the 2020/21 recruitment cycle

In the interim we encourage you to consider whether a conditional offer requiring a SKE course is strictly necessary. Where providers judge SKE is required, it will be the candidate’s responsibility to gain subject knowledge if the SKE package we publish in Nov/Dec will not fund this. The candidate would need to decide whether to pay for this commercially themselves, in line with the current position for candidates required to gain GCSE/equivalent qualifications’.

We would like to work with you to minimise the impact on recruitment for ITT2021, and we will provide further information as soon as we are able.

You may want to consider amendments to your marketing materials for AY20/21 to reflect SKE availability, including on the Find Postgraduate Teacher Training service.

If you have any queries please contact SKE.INBOX@education.gov.uk

5) Case studies to support the Get Into Teaching (GiT) PR campaign

The GiT PR campaign is looking for new case studies to help highlight teaching as a rewarding career.

We are keen to speak to passionate teachers working in primary and secondary schools – including trainees as well as more experienced teachers with unusual or interesting career change stories.

Positive media coverage from case studies can benefit the individual, the school and help to support our wider efforts to help recruit and retain more teachers.

If you know anyone who might be interested in supporting the campaign, please contact our PR agency GetIntoTeaching@kindredagency.com with their name, age, contact details, subject/s taught, and school.

6) Teaching Schools and ITT

Any Teaching Schools that are currently accredited as ITT providers should continue to offer ITT and continue to assume full responsibility and accountability for all aspects of courses leading to QTS whether or not they become a teaching school hub.
This includes responsibility for securing permission to recruit, recruitment and selection, all aspects of course design and delivery, management of the wider partnership, quality assurance, and QTS recommendations.

We will not remove accreditation from ITT providers simply because they are no longer a Teaching School. Removal of Teaching School designation has no impact on ITT accredited provider status.

Similarly, removal of Teaching School designation has no impact on Teaching Schools that are School Direct lead schools. They should continue to deliver ITT across their SD partnership as a SD lead school, in partnership with their ratifying accredited provider.

However, where such a provider or SD partnership has the term ‘teaching school’ in their operating name, they should remove this reference.

Any accredited ITT provider wishing to change its operating name should contact itt.accreditation@education.gov.uk

7) Part-time ITT courses

We would like to remind existing ITT providers that they have scope to structure ITT programmes to facilitate delivery of flexible and/or part-time training without additional approval from the Department of Education (DfE)

Funding for flexible or part-time training is paid on a part-time basis. You may award the bursary across more than one academic year, but payments must reflect the proportion of the course that the trainee has competed at any point. Bursary payments made after 31 July will be included as expenditure for the following academic year.

For further information please see this link:

8) Cognition Education Programme Update

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

T2T engages with organisations across a variety of sectors and industries, supporting employees leaving due to redundancy, contract end, early retirement, or career change, to explore a new and exciting teaching opportunity.

Guidance and Development Advisers (GDAs) provide a complementary layer of bespoke support and guidance on any aspect of ITT, supporting participants to ensure they complete their ITT and NQT induction.

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

9) 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/

International recruitment

10) Recruitment to International Teachers MFL & STEM

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;

11) Recognition of teaching qualifications after the transition period

The transition period agreed between the UK and EU will end on 31 December 2020. Our guidance explains how things will change for teachers who qualified in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland applying for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) from 1 January 2021.

Teachers who qualified in one of these countries will still be able to apply for QTS in England, at this link:

From 1 January 2021, teachers who qualified in any of these countries applying for QTS will be asked to provide a Letter of Professional Standing. This will need to be from the organisation responsible for regulating teachers in the country in which they qualified and will allow us to validate their qualification.

There is more information about changes to arrangements for applying for QTS available on the UK transition page

Teachers who qualified in England (or are on an ITT course that leads to QTS) and want to apply for professional recognition as a teacher in a European Economic Area state or Switzerland from 1 January 2021, should check the latest arrangements with the organisation responsible for regulating teachers in that country.

12) Recruiting trainee teachers from overseas – prepare for the new immigration system

Trainee teachers from overseas will be subject to the new points-based immigration system if they arrive in the UK on or after 1 January 2021. These trainees, including those from the European Economic Area and Switzerland, will need to apply for a visa. ITT providers may need to prepare for this change by becoming visa sponsors if they want to recruit trainees who are not UK or Irish nationals. There are some restrictions on state schools becoming visa sponsors.

Guidance for ITT Providers recruiting Trainee teachers from overseas is available here:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/recruit-trainee-teachers-from-overseas-accredited-itt-providers

For information on signing up for a DfE/Home Office webinar for ITT Providers about the points- based immigration system, on Tuesday 3 November 4pm-5.30pm please click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/recruiting-international-trainee-teachers-under-the-new-immigration-system-registration-119221088485

Training and supporting the 2020/21 cohort:

13) Support for ITT in 2020

We are offering expert ITT associate support for the 2020 to 2021 training year. This is to help you develop and deliver your courses considering partner school placement pressures and ITT criteria relaxations.

You can get support in areas such as:
·        implementing the Core Content Framework from September 2020
·        quality, compliance, and improvement planning
·        securing placements
·        mentoring
·        trainee teacher workload
·        fundamental mathematics and English

Although support will be of benefit to the wider partnership, it is being offered only to accredited ITT providers. Support will be conducted remotely. While associate capacity is limited, we will try to provide support for as many accredited ITT providers as possible.

Accredited ITT providers wishing to access this support should email ITT.accreditation@education.gov.uk.

14) ITT Criteria and supporting advice updates

The ITT and Early Years ITT Criteria and supporting advice have been updated.

The ITT Criteria can be found here:

This update includes:
·        Some relaxations of the ITT Criteria introduced earlier this year have been extended, including the removal of the requirement for trainees to have taught in at least 2 schools
·        Trainees now must meet all of the standards before QTS recommendation; it is no longer sufficient for trainees to be making ‘adequate progress’, and to be ‘on trajectory’ to meet them
·        Practical teaching experience must now take place wholly or mainly in schools in England

The Early Years ITT Criteria update can be found here:

This update includes:
·        Some relaxations of the EYTT Criteria introduced earlier this year have been extended, including the removal of the requirement for trainees to have taught in at least 2 schools
·        Trainees now must meet all of the standards before EYTS recommendation; it is no longer sufficient for trainees to be making ‘adequate progress’

15) Entry requirements and replacement certificates

In cases where a candidate needs to request evidence from an exam board, for example due to lost certificates for GCSEs or a degree, this request should be made as soon as possible due to potential delays in processing these requests.

Providers may wish to consider what alternative evidence they would accept from candidates in the absence of GCSE certificates to show that they meet the required standard, equivalent to a grade 4 at GCSE (C1.1 of the ITT Criteria).

16) ITT Core Content Framework Implementation

As of 1 September 2020, all ITT institutions offering a course leading to primary and secondary qualified teacher status, must have incorporated the mandatory trainee entitlement set out in the 2019 ITT Core Content Framework, into their ITT courses. The Core Content Framework, along with the Early Career Framework, will offer at least 3 years of evidence based professional development and support for all future teachers.

To support delivery of high-quality ITT this year, the DfE has extended some of the relaxations in the ITT criteria introduced last year. Please visit the ITT criteria and supporting advice guidance page for more full details. ITT sector colleagues, including members of the expert advisory group, have published a sector led ‘ITT Core Content Framework exemplification resource’ that can be accessed via UCET and NASBTT.

Information can be found at the following links:
2019 ITT Core Content Framework – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/initial-teacher-training-itt-core-content-framework
ITT Guidance – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-itt/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-itt
UCET/NASBTT resources https://www.ucet.ac.uk/12124/itt-core-content-framework-exemplification-resource or

For further information, please email us at : ITT.Policy@education.gov.uk

17) ITT Census collection 2020/21

The Database of Trainee Teachers and Providers (DTTP) team wrote to all providers on 26 August 2020, advising that the Initial Teacher Training Census for 2020 to 2021 is now open. This is a key piece of statistical information, published annually providing provisional figures of new entrants who have started their ITT course in England in this academic year.

All ITT providers are required to complete this data collection. Sign-off for this collection by the Responsible Officer is required on or before 30 October 2020.

For queries, contact the DTTP team at itt.datamanagement@education.gov.uk.

18) ITT Performance Profiles 2019/2020 is paused

The Database of Trainee Teachers and Providers (DTTP) team wrote to all providers on 26 August 2020 advising that the Performance Profiles 2019/20 collection is paused.

This is under ongoing review and we will provide an update directly to providers in the coming months.

This collection contributes to published official statistics about trainees in their final year of ITT in England. It provides information including characteristics, outcomes, trends of trainee teachers and provides numbers of trainees awarded Qualified Teacher Status.

For queries, contact the DTTP team at itt.datamanagement@education.gov.uk.

Early career support

19) Mathematics and Physics Teacher Retention Payments

Mathematics and physics teachers in the first five years of their career are eligible for £2,000 retention payments after tax in each of the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic years, totalling up to £4,000. Applications for the 2020/-21 academic year payment are now open.
Teachers must be employed in a state-funded secondary in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, or other Opportunity Areas (OAs) and can be employed on a full-time or part-time basis.

For further information and eligibility criteria, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/additional-payments-for-teaching-eligibility-and-payment-details/claim-a-payment-for-teaching-maths-or-physics-eligibility-and-payment-details

If you have any further questions about this scheme, please email mathsphysicsteacherpayment@digital.education.gov.uk.

20) Extra support for early career teachers

Eligible schools have until Saturday 31 October to sign-up to an early roll-out of the Early Career Framework (ECF) reforms. These reforms underline an entitlement to a 2-year programme of development and support for Early Career Teachers, that will be rolled out nationally from September 2021.

Sign up to the ECF reforms at this link:

Due to the disruptions to initial teacher training this year, we have made the high-quality training materials developed for the ECF reforms available to all schools and early career teachers a year ahead of schedule

These ‘Core Induction Programmes’ can be accessed here https://www.early-career-framework.education.gov.uk

Sign up to our mailing list for further updates on topics and programmes related to the ECF and National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) here:


21) Teaching Vacancies service

Teaching Vacancies is a free to use job listing service from the DfE where schools can list their teaching vacancies. Job seeking teachers, including Newly Qualified Teachers, can use this service and sign up for job alerts to help them find their next teaching role.

Please signpost your trainees to the service using this link: https://teaching-vacancies.service.gov.uk/

If you would like to discuss using and promoting the service, please contact justine.hunter@education.gov.uk

22) Free support for non-specialist teachers

Do you have non-specialists teaching secondary mathematics, physics or MFL?

Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) offers free courses to support non-specialist teachers teach secondary mathematics, core mathematics, physics and MFL.

Benefits to your school:
·        Reduces the need to recruit externally for teachers in high demand areas – saving time and cost.
·        TSST involves no fee for the school or teacher but delivers considerable benefit.
·        Demonstrates the value the school places on its teachers.
·        Benefits schools with timetable planning and workforce flexibility.
·        Courses start throughout the term.

Many courses are being run fully or partially online in the autumn term.

Further information about courses can be found here training-courses https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teacher-subject-specialism-training-tsst-course-directory

23) Reducing teacher workload – DfE hosted online events featuring school leaders and Ofsted

Reducing teacher workload in such demanding times may sound like an impossibility. But these live online events, taking place soon, will showcase how a range of schools across the country achieved reductions and increased teacher wellbeing as a result, over 2019/20

Starting with a presentation from Ofsted on the expectations of inspections and workload, these hour-long events from primary, secondary and special schools could be used as part of a training session or within a department or staff meeting and are timed for this purpose.

We have three sessions available:
·        Tuesday 13 October – 3:30pm
·        Wednesday 4 October – 3:30pm
·        Friday 16 October – 11am

For more details and to find out how to register for each of these events please follow these links:



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