Each year, the Future Teaching Scholars programme helps its maths and physics Scholars to find appropriate vacancies in which to undertake their Initial Teacher Training (ITT). We are currently looking for schools that are interested in employing a Scholar in September 2023.

The benefits of employing an FTS Scholar

A Future Teaching Scholar is a special kind of mathematics or physics graduate. They are passionate subject specialists that have committed to the teaching profession and knew they wanted to become a teacher before starting their degree.

By employing one of our Scholars, your school will benefit from a teaching trainee who has:

  • participated in a part-time teacher training programme in association with an ‘outstanding’ Teaching School throughout the three years of their degree;
  • gained classroom experience including teaching in small and large groups, lesson observation and planning inclusive lessons;
  • experience in school-led research, having completed a research project alongside their university dissertation;
  • dedicated themselves to teaching and their subject specialism, having signed up to a six-year programme;
  • the support of a DfE-backed programme, which includes the Scholar’s first three years of teaching employment.

“We were really impressed by the enthusiasm and commitment of the applicant we recruited. It is clear that the programme is an excellent way to find and nurture talent.”

– Chris Ellison, Head of Maths at Kennet School


How can my school employ a Scholar?

Schools that are interested in employing a Scholar must sign a partnership agreement that details the support they are required to provide. Importantly, schools must commit to the following:

  • Fund the trainee teacher’s wage;
  • Provide a supportive environment within which the Scholar can continue to build upon their existing experience;
  • Release the Scholar to attend regular training sessions at a regional ITT provider arranged by the FTS programme.

Scholars will receive training provided by the SCITT provider attached to our Regional Training Centre externally, as opposed to in-house by your school. Full qualifying criteria for Scholar employer schools are outlined below.

Employer school qualifying criteria

  • Employment on the unqualified teacher salary scale and fund their post
  • Offer either a temporary contract (covering the Scholar’s ITT year), or a permanent contract (subject to the completion of QTS)
  • An appropriately reduced timetable (particularly for the first half-term) that may scale up over time, rising to a maximum of 80% timetable by the end of term 3
  • (Employing a physics Scholar only) Assign a physics Scholar a teaching timetable where at least 50% of it is teaching physics
  • An Immersion Period, allowing the Scholar into the school for two weeks in the Summer Term
  • Release from timetable commitments to attend the annual two-day National Conference in December and to attend other programme-related events
  • Arrange cover for 20 days so that Scholars can experience teaching in a contrasting school environment (ITT requirement)
  • Support Scholars in their completion of Master’s module activities.

For a copy of the partnership agreement, please get in touch with us using our contact form.

Once you have signed the partnership agreement, you can begin to advertise any appropriate vacancies directly to our Scholars. You will then have complete control over the recruitment process and will be free to interview and recruit our Scholars through your usual internal process.

This programme represents the most innovative new route into teaching, structured around bringing outstanding subject knowledge into the classrooms in a way no other programme does. These scholars already show evidence against the Teaching Standards which other trainees do not develop until later in their ITT years.

– Emily Giubertoni, Regional Training Director, Bishop Challoner Catholic College


Want an outstanding maths or physics graduate teaching in your school?

If you think that your students deserve to be taught by passionate subject specialists who are committed to the teaching profession, please get in touch. We are currently looking for schools that have appropriate vacancies for Scholars to undertake their ITT year from September 2023.

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