Off-the-job Training Requirements: 20% of the apprentice’s working time

All apprentices participating in the Teaching Apprenticeship Programme 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.

The 20% off-the-job training must be during the apprentice’s paid hours, for the purpose of attaining the apprenticeship. Off-the-job training is not part of the work for which the apprentice has been employed (ie it excludes teachers’ normal duties – planning and preparing lessons, teaching lessons, assessing learning. PPA time does not count towards the 20%, since it is expected for all teachers).

The DfE has indicated that teaching apprentices should have roughly (ie at least) 47 days of off-the-job training during the 12-month apprenticeship. A working day is estimated as having 7.5 hours.

The apprentice must log at least 360 hours of off-the-job training, in the off-the-job record.


What counts as off-the-job training?

Training element Training time
in days in hours
eQ training days: each counts as a full day, including preparation time

Compulsory for all: training days 1-10

Primary: English (3), mathematics (2), and additional subject days e.g. PE, Early Years, science

Secondary, as appropriate: science (2 days), maths (3 days), English (2 days), all other subjects (1)

Post training day webinars  (1 hour each + voice day-15 hours

Primary: 16 days + webinars = 17


Secondary: 10 + webinars = 11 Add subject days as appropriate




(82.5 + 7.5 hrs. per extra subject(s) day)


eQ Tutor Visits

5 tutor visits during the training programme, if the initial visit takes place at the start of the apprenticeship (NB the final visit – the assessment visits is not included as assessments for QTS are excluded from off-the-job training)


5 days




Formal in-school training

Weekly 1-hour training meeting led by an in-school trainer: for approx. 38 weeks

Weekly lesson observation and feedback: 2 hours per week: for approx. 38 weeks


5 days


10 days





Directed tasks in school, leading to the production of high-quality evidence for the portfolio and assessment for QTS

Weekly preparation and follow up for in-school training and observation 1 hour for approx. 38 weeks

Weekly reflective activities: e-track journal and Evidence Records 1 hour for approx. 38 weeks

Subject knowledge auditing and development – average 3 hours per learning sequence, for at least 8 sequences

Pupil focus inc. pupil pursuit, case studies – at least 2 days (SEND/EAL)

Background reading – at least 2 hours per week

2 assignments including wider reading, planning and drafting

Learning tasks  as set out in  e-track leading to QTS

Post-QTS module 1-3 months, to include preparation for post-course assessment; planning and delivery of the end point presentation and completion of post QTS module.



5 days


5 days


3+ days

2 days

10+ days

6 days

12 days


6 days














Visits to other schools / the age range before & after that focused on for QTS

Primary: 1 day in a secondary school and at least a day in the age range before the one you focus on for QTS

Secondary: 1-2 days in a primary school and at least a day in the age range after that you focus on for QTS (i.e. visit to Post 16)  For 14-19 trainees- they should understand FE routes that link to the subject.

Second school orientation visit at least half a day

All trainees spend a day (or more) in a special school (where possible)



2-3 days


2-3 days

½ a day

1+ day



15 – 22.5


15 – 22.5



Observing or shadowing other teachers 2 days 15


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