Employment-based initial teacher training (EBITT) programmes are on-the-job programmes that allow you to qualify as a teacher while you work.
You will be employed by a school, earn a salary and work towards qualified teacher status (QTS), all at the same time. The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is a great employment-based route, open to graduates with at least three years' work experience.
Please note that the Registered Teacher Programme (RTP) and the Overseas Trained Teacher Programme (OTTP) have closed to new entrants from the academic year 2012/13 onwards.
As a trainee on an employment-based route, you must be employed in a maintained school for the duration of your training. The financial support you receive is the salary from your school, which is at least the minimum point on the unqualified teacher pay scale. Depending on your responsibilities, experience and location, your school may pay you more.
In some cases, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (part of the Department for Education) will pay your school a grant to contribute to the cost of your salary on the GTP.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership has a number of funded places on EBITT programmes. On a funded place, the National College for Teaching and Leadership will pay your EBITT provider a training grant to contribute to the cost of your training. In most cases on the GTP, the National College for Teaching and Leadership will also pay a salary grant to your school to contribute to the cost of your salary. On a funded place, you will not have to pay any training fees.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership has a limited number of funded places and these are extremely popular. If your provider does not have any of our funded places available, you may still be able to participate in an EBITT programme, if your school or other sponsoring body is willing to cover the cost of your training and salary. You will need to enquire at your school and EBITT provider to find out if this option is available.
On an EBITT programme you may be charged a training fee. This may be covered by your school, yourself or a combination of the two. You should contact your EBITT provider for more information about any additional costs.
Please call the Teaching Line for more information about becoming a teacher:
Freephone: 0800 389 2500
Fax: 0117 915 6578
Visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.