Applying to train

  • School Direct (salaried), either with a grant or self-funded
  • A tuition-fee place, either School Direct (tuition fee) or a SCITT place held by eQ
  • The Assessment Only route, which is for experienced teachers who are almost ready for assessment.

School Direct (salaried) trainees are employed by a school and paid a salary as a teacher. A grant from the NCTL contributes to the cost of your employment and covers eQ's costs. Trainees must have had at least three years' career experience prior to entry to SD(s). This route is also available on a self-funded basis ie without a government grant; if you are teaching in an independent school, you must apply for the self-funded option and the requirement for three years' career experience does not apply.

Tuition fee: trainees pay eQ a tuition fee of £6,000 + VAT + £2,000 disbursement which is forwarded to the school. Trainees may be eligible for a student loan of up to £6,000; information is available from Student Finance England. Some trainees will be eligible for a bursary, as explained on the NCTL website. Trainees are based in a school throughout the training period. We encourage applicants for SCITT places to find a school in which to train prior to applying (the school must have the capacity to train well, and needs an Ofsted inspection grade of good or outstanding).

The Assessment Only route is for those who are already very experienced as a teacher in the UK but do not yet have qualified teacher status. The AO candidate needs to have taught in at least two schools, and to have collected the evidence needed to show that he or she meets the Teachers' Standards and AO Criteria without further training.

All these routes lead to the award of QTS.

Preparing for an initial teacher training programme with e-Qualitas: download and use the attached application guidance and activities (one is for those wishing to train as primary teachers, the other for those aiming to become secondary teachers). If you are invited to interview, it would be a good idea to bring your work on these preparation activities with you, to show that you are a strong and well-prepared candidate. If you are successful at interview, you will be sent further pre-training activities that build on these and lead into the actual training programme.