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Try Teaching

Updated: July, 2016

About Try Teaching

TryTeachng - the Graduate Teaching Internship Scheme

What is the GTI Scheme?

TryTeaching is a national scheme that provides graduates with the opportunity to work in schools in a salaried post and gain the necessary experience and skills needed to unlock an incredible career. Becoming a GTI allows graduates experience the career of teaching without having to make the full financial and personal commitment usually required.

The GTI Scheme is a unique new way to access teaching. This salaried scheme provides you with a genuine school experience, enabling you to make an informed decision about teaching as a career whilst also providing you with transferable employability skills and work experience valued in all professions.

Who are we?

The GTI Scheme is brought to you by a team of experienced education leaders and innovators including initial teacher training providers, former senior government officials and edtech specialists. We have deep experience of transforming schools to become sustainable learning organisations that leverage the full benefits of educational technology to create a culture of learning and achievement for all. Together, we have pioneered flexible and innovative teacher training and professional development platforms which today power the largest teacher education programmes in the UK and Europe. We have built on our combined experience and expertise to develop the GTI Scheme - a unique new approach to entry into the teaching profession.

Your role as a Graduate Teaching Intern?

By working alongside teaching staff in schools, you will be systematically introduced to the career of teaching while providing valuable support to those pupils who need it most. At the end of the internship you will be supported in making an informed decision, based on a genuine experience of working in schools, about whether a career in teaching is really for you.

The work of a GTI is challenging and rewarding and can encompass a wide range of teaching and support roles in the school. Roles may include literacy and numeracy coaching, one to one and small group work, test and exam prep, co-teaching with the class teacher, subject-specific mentoring for KS4 and KS5 pupils, working with disadvantaged pupils and extra curricular support.

Every GTI will be provided with a personalised, employment based development pathway, supported by a school-based GTI Mentor. The pathway will reflect your starting knowledge, experience and skills and individual development needs and will include induction, a broad school experience, progress monitoring, the opportunity to develop transferable employment skills and career coaching.

What are we and schools looking for?

This scheme is open to all graduates with degrees in all subjects. You must have a GCSE grade C or above in maths and English and, for primary, in a science subject. You will also need to undergo a DBS check before working in a school.

The GTI Scheme is aimed at graduates and final year students who have considered teaching as a career but have not felt ready to commit to a full teacher training programme without a deeper understanding of what working in schools is really like.

You will need to demonstrate a desire and commitment to work with children to accelerate their learning progress and the ability to work proactively and enthusiastically alongside school teaching staff. You will have the opportunity to demonstrate this both through your personal profile application and during an interview day in school.

Having tried teaching, many GTIs will positively choose to continue teaching and go on to enjoy an incredible career in schools. In many cases, GTIs will be able to seamlessly transition to formal initial teacher training in the school. The GTI Scheme will also support those GTIs who seek to pursue alternative careers in other sectors.

Many schools need additional support for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. GTIs can make a significant impact on the rate of progress of those pupils who often can benefit from one to one and small group support. Your graduate level skills and abilities are badly needed in schools and you can make a valuable contribution in as little as one term.

Work sectors

teaching and education


East Midlands, East of England, London, North East England, North West England, South East England, South West England, West Midlands, Worldwide, Yorkshire and the Humber

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