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Secondary school teacher: Training

Initial teacher training (ITT) combines theoretical learning with at least 18 weeks' teaching practice in schools and can be undertaken in a variety of ways.

Newly qualified teachers (NQTs) serve a three-term induction or probationary period of assessment, usually completed in a single school year, after which qualified teacher status (QTS) is confirmed.

This is a period of rapid, supported development and additional assistance, consolidating what has been learned in teacher training. It is comprised of two main aspects:

  • an individual programme of professional development and monitoring;
  • an assessment against the national induction standards.

During the induction period, NQTs are monitored and supported, have a reduced timetable, and work on areas identified for development during their teacher training.

In-service training is available to all teachers, both in-house and at local education authority (LEA) training centres. Training topics include:

  • curriculum issues;
  • special needs;
  • subject leadership;
  • pastoral care;
  • new initiatives;
  • technology - including child protection and online exploitation training.

Some teachers pursue higher qualifications, such as an MEd or MBA, on a part-time basis, depending on their career aims. Professional qualifications for school managers are also available.

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Written by AGCAS editors
October 2014

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