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January 31, 2020 Friday 11:42:57 AM IST

Simpler application process to help aspiring teachers

Teacher Insights

Aspiring teachers in the United Kingdom will benefit from a simpler application process to get into teaching following the launch of a brand-new service. Designed to better meet the needs of potential trainees applying for teacher training, it will ensure universities and schools can make the best decisions on matching applicants with teacher training courses.

The government signalled its determination to attract the best talent into teaching and recognise the great work of hardworking teachers by raising teachers’ starting salaries to £30,000 – among the most competitive in the graduate labour market.

The South-West will be first to benefit from the pilot, before it is rolled out across England to fully replace the existing UCAS service from October 2021. Universities providing teacher training will also be able to join the pilot from October 2020.

School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said: “There’s never been a better time to become a teacher – this year we have announced a 2.75% pay rise for teachers, alongside outlining plans for starting salaries to rise to £30,000 by 2022-23. We are removing the barriers that can deter some people who could be excellent teachers from applying and that includes making the application process simpler, more straightforward and intuitive. This new service does just that.

“In the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, published in January 2019, the Government committed to help great people become teachers by introducing a new application system for initial postgraduate teacher training. The service will be easier to use for both candidates and training providers and is fully integrated with Find Postgraduate Teacher Training.”

Providers interested in the pilot can find out more here: https://www.apply-for-teacher-training.education.gov.uk/provider

(Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/aspiring-teachers-to-benefit-from-simpler-application-process