Retaining teachers through an immersive teaching training route.

Data from the School Workforce Census shows that 67% of all NQT’s in Britain who commenced their teaching career in 2014, were not working as teachers in 2019. 

What is causing almost a third of all new teachers to walk away from the profession?

Now more than ever, we need to look at how we are training our teachers and consider that traditional PGCE’s may not provide the level of in-school immersion and mentorship needed for teachers to thrive within the profession. 

Apprenticeships and internships, along with higher-education training have been the way over time that so many important trades and professions have grown their own talent and retained quality staff.

We believe that a Teaching Apprenticeship pathway is the most supportive and smartest way to attract, train and retain quality graduates. We believe that an immersive teacher training programme, with multiple, expert mentors that are available to the trainee over the 12-month course, will be able to best nurture talent. The best news is that the Teaching Apprenticeship Programme (TAP)  is financially beneficial for both trainee and school. 

The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme offered through DfE approved ITT, e-Qualitas, offers trainee teachers a supportive and immersive route to gaining QTS. This hands-on, school-based approach to teacher training is gaining real popularity as an alternative to a traditional PGCE pathway for graduates to learn the profession. It is exciting to be partnering with alliances across England, to help schools take control and train their talent in house. 

We believe in school, Teaching Apprenticeships are the key to building quality, confident and capable NQT’s.

Gemma Longhurst, TAP trainee talks about her experience as a teaching apprentice,  “The e-Qualitas programmes provides trainees with a School-Based Trainer and an e-Qualitas Tutor who are both incredibly supportive and run training days and modules to support your development. Balancing work with completing training means the workload is full-on, but if you are well supported and with a good organisation, it is manageable.” gemma identifies that, “ It’s a tough job, but the care received means I can experiment and make mistakes, and it’s been a really enjoyable experience. I feel lucky to be at a school I love – I’m equally challenged and supported and it’s where I want to continue teaching.”

How does the Teaching Apprenticeship programme work? 

  1. Schools are now able to access their Apprenticeship Levy so they can offer unqualified teachers a 12-month pathway to gain QTS through the Teaching Apprenticeship programme. 
  2. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by the school and an in-school mentor is assigned. They will also receive regular training through ITT provider, e-Qualitas and their expert tutors, as they complete the course work to gain QTS and pass their End Point Assessment.
  3. Schools can receive funding to cover some or all of their trainee’s salary and they are able to grow and shape their future teachers, in a supportive environment.
  4. A teaching apprenticeship is fee-free for the trainee and with a salary, they have more time to focus on their training and have a full year working in a school while being comprehensively mentored by a range of expert tutors.
  5. Schools can access the Teaching Apprenticeship programme, even if they are already connected with another SCITT.

The school benefits from having a Teaching Apprentice because; 

  1. The school is growing its own talent and gaining strong, capable NQT’s after they have completed their training, in just 12 months. 
  2. The school is able to trail potential graduates and then develop those that they see having long-term potential as permanent members of staff.
  3. Schools can access their Apprenticeship Levy and other funding, which makes hiring a teaching apprentice very cost-effective, and sometimes there is no cost at all to the school.
  4. After the Teaching Apprenticeship is complete, the school has a QTS trained teacher who is already embedded and settled in the school leading to higher long term retention. 

Some benefits for trainees to undertake a Teaching Apprenticeship are; 

  1. Unlike a PGCE, a Teaching Apprenticeship is fee-free and the trainee is paid on the unqualified teacher pay scale while they learn.
  2. A trainee is embedded in a school, they are not just receiving mentorship from an assigned school mentor ( that has undergone e-Qualitas training) but also with the expert tutors throughout their ITT course. 
  3. A trainee has greater access to other teachers and support staff at the school who are not official mentors but who can impart knowledge and give advice.
  4. The trainee has access to a huge range of resources available in a school and through their apprenticeship.
  5. The trainee can develop a deeper connection with the staff and students and the wider school community during their Teaching Apprenticeship, setting them up for a less intense NQT year, when they have to take on full classroom responsibilities. 

Our aim is that the graduates that undertake a Teaching Apprenticeship and feel so supported that they are better able to manage the rigours of teaching and not become part of the third of all British teachers that currently leave the profession in the first 5 years. 

The Teaching Apprenticeship Programme, (TAP) offers Trainee Teachers a well-supported route to QTS. The benefit of an in-school mentor and eQ tutor is invaluable and underpins the success we have and the retention we deliver schools. 




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What our teachers say about us...

I would like to discuss how amazing my GTP mentor was. Anna Savva has supported me throughout my training and I can't thank her enough for all of the constructive feedback and motivation she installed in me to be my best in becoming a great teacher which led me to achieve QTS.

Fatma Ozkocak, School Direct Trainee

What our teachers say about us...

e-Qualitas is an outstanding training provider for anyone who is looking at starting their journey into becoming a teacher. They provide their trainees with support via email and telephone, and direct you to lots of helpful resources which help trainees to reflect on their daily practice and become a better teacher.

James Cook, Teaching Apprenticeship Trainee

What our teachers say about us...

I am pleased with all the aspects of the course including booking as well as the cost of the course. E-learning modules were easy to follow which explained clearly with examples. The course provided an opportunity to update my subject knowledge in maths and equip me to take on more responsibility in teaching.

Suganthiny Krishnakanthan , Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course student

What our teachers say about us...

I recently engaged in the 12 week SKE Maths course delivered by e-Qualitas. Successful completion of this course was a condition of taking up a place on a PGCE degree course. I initially felt that this was a stressful proposition, but I should not have worried as e-Qualitas make the process very simple.

Lesley-Ann Thorburn, Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course student

What our teachers say about us...

Everyone I have come in contact with from e-Qualitas has been extremely helpful, so I have had an excellent experience so far. I have taken part in two zoom meetings discussing e-track and the Pre-ITT activities, the meetings were informative and put my mind at ease so I could get on with the work I needed to complete. I look forward to continuing my apprenticeship journey with e-Qualitas.

Nina Commons, Teaching Apprentice Trainee

What our teachers say about us...

I have found Rose to be very helpful as a consultant. She always responds very quickly and is always able to answer any questions or queries I have. The communications with the team at the Teaching Apprenticeship programme, in general, have been great. The webinars have been particularly useful and informative.

Doug Fanning, Teaching Apprenticeship Trainee

What our teachers say about us...

Rose was absolutely fantastic in every step of the way when dealing with both my school and myself, every question was answered quickly and the zoom consultation she held with my school was really the reason why my school went ahead with taking me on in the first place. I also would not be training to be a teacher right now if she had not sent an email to my school offering the courses.

Harry Lawrence, Teaching Apprenticeship Trainee

What our teachers say about us...

Rose as a consultant - extremely helpful. She provides you with everything you need to know and more. Rose will put you in contact with the correct people if she does not know the answer to your question. If it was not for Rose, I wouldn’t be where I am now on this course.

Lauren Spall, Teaching Apprenticeship Trainee

What our teachers say about us...

You have been extremely helpful and very efficient at responding to an email which has made the application process easier. You have been very friendly and have managed to answer all questions I have asked. You are a credit to the company.

Laura Duck, Teaching Apprenticeship Trainee

What our teachers say about us...

Rose has been a friendly and extremely helpful consultant who has gone out of her way to help me choose the right route to train as a teacher. She has been prompt in replying to my emails and has been reliable when I have asked for more information. I am excited to start my training this September and feel confident that Rose will still be there to support me if I need her.

Holly Peck, Teacher of Psychology, Hampton School

What our teachers say about us...

The candidates that have been put forward are all of a very high calibre. There is obviously a sound and robust selection process before they reach me which makes the whole process much easier and purposeful. The candidates have been so superior to other candidates from other training providers that we have stopped using the other providers where possible. We aim to continue to work with TAP and EQ to this end.

Stephen Gillatt, Director of Recruitment and Training for Community Schools Trust