The teaching apprenticeship has to be 12 months long. The apprentice must be employed and paid as an unqualified teacher throughout this period and until the end-point assessment has been completed.
At the end of the apprenticeship period, there’s a check that the apprentice teacher is ready for the end-point assessment. This is the ‘Gateway’ leading to the end-point apprenticeship assessment. The apprentice teacher standards are almost the same as the Teachers’ Standards, and the apprentice is required to demonstrate that the Teachers’ Standards are achieved.
The teacher training programme takes place within the period of the teaching apprenticeship. It starts soon after the start of the apprenticeship. The trainee is assessed for QTS before the end of the apprenticeship. At that point, the apprentice teacher becomes an NQT and if retained would be paid as a qualified teacher.
If the apprenticeship starts before the ITT programme, the assessments take place at a similar time. For instance, if the apprenticeship starts in early June, the ITT programme could start in September. The assessment for QTS would be in early June. The Gateway would be passed in mid-June enabling the end-point assessment to take place in late June or early July.
If the apprenticeship starts at the same time as the ITT programme, the QTS assessment may take place a couple of months before the end-point assessment. For instance, if they both start in September, the QTS assessment will be in June/July. The end-point assessment takes place when the trainee has returned to school in the autumn term.
The start and end dates of the apprenticeship and the ITT programme are recorded on the front page of the training plan.
Apprenticeship training requirements
All apprentices must have at least 20% off-the-job time for training. They have to demonstrate that they have:
(a) had the right amount of off-the-job time
(b) used it for training purposes.
Click here for a definition of what counts as off-the-job training. The hours must be logged on e-track, the e-Qualitas learning management platform, on a weekly basis.
What happens after QTS has been awarded
Once QTS is awarded and the Teaching Apprenticeship is complete, the school has the option to continue to employ their NQT. Once QTS is awarded and the Teaching Apprenticeship is complete, the apprentice becomes an NQT when the school registers him or her onto the induction programme. The apprentice must be paid as a qualified teacher after the award of QTS by the DfE.
The apprenticeship training continues, drawing on a post-QTS training module that directs the training up to the end of the apprenticeship. The apprentice/NQT builds on the targets set at the assessment for QTS and for the NQT year.
Schools can continue to upskill their NQT and other staff with DfE funded Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses.
The end-point assessment as a teaching apprentice
This is carried out by an assessor from another ITT provider on the register of end-point assessment organisations after the Gateway is passed. This is in line with national guidance and is usually in the region of 2.5 hours. One lesson is observed, and the assessor holds a discussion with the apprentice, a representative from the school, and (if possible) a representative from e-Qualitas as the ITT provider. The portfolio is not re-assessed, but its evidence should be drawn on in the discussion.