Frequently Asked Questions – Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship

  1. I  am a member of school staff that would be suitable for the Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship programme how can I apply?

Go to the Teachincambs website to apply.  All the information you need is there.

  1. Is the intern paid?

Yes the intern is paid as a TA in year 1 at the national living wage rate by the employing school. In year 2 they are paid as an Unqualified Teacher level 1.  Once qualified they are paid at the MPS rate.

  1. What rate should I be paid if I am a current member of staff?

    You should be paid pay at their current rate of pay or more if your hours need to increase.

  2. What sort of contract should I be employed under?

If you are a current member of staff who is already a TA you do not need to change your contract for year 1.  If you are a new member of staff then you will be employed on a fixed term, one year contract.

In year 2, you will be employed on a one year fixed term contract as an apprentice (July to July).

Please seek advice from your HR team for school/Trust policies and approaches.

  1. How many hours does the intern need to be working in Year 1?

You need to be in school full time term time only – so that’s 29 hours.

  1. How frequent is the training in year one?

Training takes place one every fortnight in term time and enables the you to develop a range of skills and knowledge in preparation for the ITT in year 2.  It is for half a day at a school that is taking part in the             internship.  This provides you with an opportunity to see other schools too. You are expected to complete a portfolio where you reflect on training sessions, your work in school, strengths and areas for                        development. You will also complete two action research projects during the year.

  1. How are the interns monitored and supported during year 1?

Interns will be monitored by the school who employs them and the school will also need to provide them with a mentor who will meet with them regularly to discuss progress and review their portfolio. The c              county council also visit the school at least once a term to review progress and provide formative feedback.

  1. Does the school have to commit to both years?

This is a long term investment, so ideally the school should commit to both years as the intern will need a job to complete their apprenticeship year in year 2.  It cannot be completed without one.

  1. Does the intern automatically transfer into the second year?

No. In the spring term of year 1, you will apply to become apprentice teachers in year 2. You will have to apply through UCAS to get a place on a postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship ITT programme.  This will         be provided by an external provider and the course starts in July. Interns who complete the first year of the internship successfully are in a very good position to gain a place on the Teacher Apprenticeship                 course.

  1. Could someone go straight into year 2 without doing year 1?

Yes – if you have the appropriate experience and qualifications that show you are ready to start ITT, you can apply via UCAS for the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship.  You will need a job in your school             before applying.

  1. Do you need the same qualifications as other ITT programmes to get a place on the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship?

Yes -Applicants must have:

  • the equivalent of a grade 4 (or C) in GCSE English and Mathematics. Primary candidates also require a grade 4 (or C) Science GCSE or equivalent.
  • a first degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification
  1. Does a Teacher Apprentice (year 2) need their own class(es)?

Not necessarily, they will be teaching for about 3 days a week. It would be of benefit to be teaching the same class(es) regularly.

  1. Will apprentices need to do an alternative placement like other ITT routes?

Yes – they will have a placement in a contrasting school like other routes.

  1. How does the apprenticeship differ from other employment led routes to QTS such as School Direct salaried?

All routes to QTS, including the apprenticeship, will have to adhere to the Secretary of State’s criteria for initial teacher training, be subject to OFSTED inspection and be delivered by accredited ITE providers.          The apprenticeship will differ in respect of the post-QTS end point assessment process and the funding mechanism. In practice, it is likely that the first three terms of the apprenticeship will be similar to salaried      programmes.

  1. How much off the job training will apprentices do?

Apprentices will be entitled to receive at least 20% of their time for off-the-job training. While this can take place in school settings, the training must be distinct from normal working duties.

This is often completed as a training day with other trainee teachers, much like other ITT routes. Travel will be required.

  1. Is there any funding for salaries for the apprenticeship year?

Currently there is a bursary for primary candidates.  This is £4500 per apprentice.  This comes from the ITT provider lead school (not via the county council).

For secondary, there are bursaries for shortage subjects.

  1. Is there a UCAS course code for apprentices to apply through?

Yes – each school will get a code for their apprentice to apply against.  A school can obtain this by emailing the ITT provider stating you have a job for the apprentice during the apprenticeship year.

  1. Are interns guaranteed an interview for the Teacher Apprenticeship?

No – each application is judged on merit like any other ITT application through UCAS.

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