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How has Covid-19 changed teacher training? Find out how to get into teaching during lockdown

Published on 15/06/20

Are you considering a career in teaching? Are you wondering how you can meet the training criteria with Covid-19 restrictions? Read our Q&A to find out about the application process, bursaries, required experience and much more.

Can I still apply for teacher training in September 2020 with Inspiration Teacher Training?

Yes, absolutely! We are still accepting applicants through UCAS. If your application is successful, we will arrange an online interview to assess your suitability and potential to train to teach, and provide an opportunity for you to ask any questions.

We have adapted our recruitment processes, whilst ensuring they remain robust. Documentation may be scanned and sent electronically, and you will be able to contact us by phone or email throughout the application process. The technology we use is easy to use and accessible. 

What if I cannot gain experience of working with children and young people prior to applying? 

Prior experience in a school is not required before you are interviewed, but if you have been able to gain experience in schools, we would find references from those schools helpful. In your application, you can also include working with children and young people.

This could include Scouts, Brownies and youth groups, as examples. Just remember to make reference to this in your personal statement.

Does the 40-day rule for making decisions about Initial Teacher Training applications still apply?

All rolling UCAS Teacher Training decision making deadlines are on hold for at least four weeks.

What will happen if I get a teaching place and schools don’t re-open in September 2020?

The Department for Education is advising schools and training providers to continue to recruit for September 2020. Our priority is to support trainees to complete their training and we will respond as the situation changes. We are currently contingency planning to ensure that we continue to deliver a rigorous and high quality training programme. The DfE’s statement on teacher trainee recruitment can be found here. 

Will I still be able to apply for bursaries, loans, and scholarships as I apply?

Yes, you can still apply for financial support. Further information can be found on the Funding my training page of the Get Into Teaching website.

What if I have been unable to complete my Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course?

SKE courses can be completed before or alongside your training. During our recruitment processes, if you are made an offer and an SKE is made a conditional part of that offer, we will advise accordingly. Whilst you are undertaking the SKE, we will liaise with the provider. 

What is happening with schools re-opening?

The situation in terms of schools opening is a constantly changing picture. Since school closures, many teachers, including our trainees, have continued to support children to learn remotely. We continue to take guidance from the Department for Education with regards to schools re-opening. As a training provider, we have robust contingency plans in place to ensure that trainees can remain on program in the event of school closures.

What is happening with current trainees in schools?

Many teachers, including some of our trainees, are teaching children remotely. We are in regular contact with our trainees teachers to ensure that they have the support and resources to continue their teacher training and that they are coping with this difficult situation. Any trainee teachers that have continued in schools since they were officially closed have done so on a voluntary basis.

How will trainees complete their training if schools are closed?

Advice from the Department for Education is that the ITT criteria and subsequently the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) will be amended to allow for flexibility given the current situation. In particular, training providers are able to make judgements based on assessments already completed and each trainee’s current progress. For more information about the government response to Covid-19, please visit gov.uk.