Frequently Asked Questions

Any questions?

The Future Teaching Scholars programme is challenging and will require a big commitment from you, so you may have questions about the programme. If after reading the FAQs, you have any further questions about the Future Teaching Scholars programme, please get in touch with the team. You can also print off the FAQs using the handy printer friendly version.

If you want to find out more about the exciting career of teaching and whether it is right for you, have a look at the Why teach? pages of the Get Into Teaching website.

Eligibility

    Can I do a Master's degree or study abroad year?

    Applicants applying to join the 2019 Cohort must study an approved course on a full-time basis over no longer than 3 years. Unfortunately, for applicants starting their university course in Autumn 2019, we cannot support deferral years for a Masters or study abroad year. 

    You may wish to consider applying for a 3 year course on the basis that the Future Teaching Scholars programme does offer you the opportunity to complete a postgraduate 60 credit Masters module with Durham University, involving a supervised independent study, that would count toward your total credits should you wish to study a Master’s degree once you have completed your six years on the programme. Upon completion, you would be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate of Evidence in Education (PGCEiE).

    If you are interested in applying to the Future Teaching Scholars programme, but are ineligible because you are planning to study a 4-year degree course, please email us at info@futureteachingscholars.com, and we will contact you if any changes are made to the programme which may affect your eligibility.

    The Future Teaching Scholars programme is a 6-year, full-time programme which comprises:

    • Years 1-3 Undergraduate study (£5,000 at the start of each academic year)
    • Year 4 Postgraduate employment-based teacher training (Paid on the unqualified teacher scale)
    • Years 5-6 Employed as a maths or physics teacher (Paid on the qualified teacher scale)

    Am I eligible to apply if I've already started studying at university at undergraduate level?

    We are currently accepting applications for those who are studying at A2-Level (or equivalent), or have previously completed A-Level qualifications, and have applied for a place at an English university to start in Autumn 2019. We also welcome applications from those that are currently at university, studying their first year of a four-year degree.

    If you have three full years left at university, please contact us as you may be eligible. If you do not meet the eligibility criteria, you may wish to visit the Get into Teaching website for details of other routes into teaching.

    What if I want to teach but don’t want to teach Maths or Physics?

    If you’re considering going into teaching but don’t think you’re suited to teaching maths or physics in secondary schools, there are a number of other supported routes into teaching. We suggest you look at getintoteaching.education.gov.uk to explore these options.

    What qualifications do I need to apply?

    In order to be eligible for the programme, you must have achieved the following qualifications:

    • C/4 or higher in GCSE English Language
    • B/5 or higher in GCSE Maths
    • B/5 or higher in GCSE Science or Physics (only if you intend to study and teach Physics)
    • B or higher in A Level Maths
    • B or higher in A Level Physics (only if you intend to study and teach Physics)

    Equivalent qualifications will be considered. Please refer to the government's list of qualification levels to check which qualifications will be accepted. GCSEs are Level 2 qualifications and A Levels are Level 3 qualifications. If you are unsure whether your qualifications are equivalent, please email info@futureteachingscholars.com to check.

    What undergraduate degree can I apply for to be eligible?

    To be eligible to apply for the Future Teaching Scholars programme, you must accept an offer from an English university to study a maths or physics related degree on a full-time basis over no longer than 3 years, starting in Autumn 2019. Unfortunately, for applicants starting their university course in Autumn 2019, we cannot support 4-year degree courses.

    If you have already started a 4-year course, and will begin your second year in September 2019, you are likely to be eligible - please contact us for confirmation.

    • Dual honours degrees are considered, if the course contains at least 50% mathematics or physics content. 
    • Education degrees, such as Mathematics with Education, are ineligible because the Future Teaching Scholars programme is in itself a new route into teaching. The elements offered in education degrees overlap with learning content and teaching experiences provided throughout the Future Teaching Scholars programme. Please note, QTS is included in the structure of the programme. 
    • Finance degrees cannot be supported, unless they are taken as a dual honours with Mathematics, and must contain at least 50% maths modules. 
    • 4 year degree courses cannot be supported (unless you are already at university, starting your second year in September 2019) but please contact us at info@futureteachingscholars.com if you are planning to study a 4 year course, and we will keep you up to date with any changes which may affect your eligibility. You may wish to consider changing your university choices to a 3-year course, on the basis that the Future Teaching Scholars programme does intend to offer Scholars the opportunity to complete a postgraduate 60 credit Masters module that is currently under development with Durham University. This would involve a supervised independent study, which would count toward your total credits should you wish to study a Master's degree once you have completed your 6 years on the programme. Upon completion, you would be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate of Evidence in Education (PGCEiE).

    Please note, the list of eligible degree courses below is not exhaustive. If you are planning to study a mathematics or physics related degree course, please contact us at info@futureteachingscholars.com to check the eligibility of your course.

    • Mathematics
    • Physics
    • Operational Research
    • Statistics
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
    • Materials Science
    • Astronomy
    • General Engineering
    • Civil Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Aerospace Engineering
    • Naval Architecture
    • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
    • Production and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Others in Engineering

Application & Assessment Centre

    How do I apply for the Future Teaching Scholars programme?

    Applying for the Future Teaching Scholars programme is a two-stage process. The first stage of the process is to register for the Programme. When you fill in the full application form you will need to provide us some information such as predicted grades, a personal statement and details of two referees. If you are successful in the first stage of the application process, you will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre at one of our Regional Training Centres.

    I am unsure whether the Future Teaching Scholars programme is right for me. What can I do to find out more?

    Before you apply to the programme, you may want to talk to teachers in your school about what life as a teacher or head of department is like, talk to your parent or carer about the long-term commitment and the implications of the funding agreement, and think about what excites you about your chosen subject, how you communicate this to others and the reasons why you want to teach.

    What if I’m not sure whether I want to be a teacher?

    The Future Teaching Scholars programme is a long-term commitment designed for students who are certain their future career lies in teaching – in return for that commitment you will receive a lot of high-value support, a kick-start to your career, and a grant. There are other routes into teaching, all of which have their own merits, and we advise that all potential applicants look at the other available routes as well. A good place to look for information is the Get Into Teaching website.

    What is an Assessment Centre?

    An Assessment Centre is a bit like an extended interview during which you take part in a number of activities that give you a chance to show off your skills, interests and potential. During the day you will take part in:

    • a competency-based interview – a one-to-one interview that will last around 25 minutes
    • a group problem-solving exercise – working in small groups you will be presented with a task related to science, maths or teaching to complete
    • a classroom roleplay activity – you will deliver an 8-minute teaching activity on a maths or physics concept. A list of topics from which to choose will be sent to you when you are invited to attend the Assessment Centre
    • a reflection activity – following your classroom roleplay activity you will be given some time to reflect on how it went.

    Prior to attending the Assessment Centre, please email copies of the following documents to info@futureteachingscholars.com. If you previously submitted these documents as part of your application, you do not need to bring them again.

    • GCSE certificates for Maths, Science, and English Language
    • A formal letter on headed notepaper from your school detailing your predicted A Level results
    • Evidence of your university application (eg. print screen from UCAS confirming your application, showing your course choices)

    It is important that you bring the following documents to the Assessment Centre:

    • Identification eg. passport, provisional/full diriving license or citizen card
    • Any notes or props you need for your teaching activity (this is not essential).

    Please bring your original identification document as well as a copy to hand in.

    Find out more about the Assessement Centre by watching our short film.

Scholar Responsibilities

    What are my responsibilities as a Future Teaching Scholar?

    Places on the programme are limited, and we are looking for the very best students who are both passionate about their subject and the benefits of effective teaching and learning, not only for individuals but also in terms of wider economic and social benefits. We expect high levels of commitment – you will need to attend all events and activities that are part of the Future Teaching Scholars programme – they are designed to give you a head start in your career as a teacher. All Future Teaching Scholars will be expected to be ambassadors for both their subject and for teaching as a career. Future Teaching Scholars will be expected to adhere to a code of conduct based on the Teachers’ Standards and embody the values of the programme.

Learning Experiences & Teacher Training

    I have already taken and passed my skills tests in literacy and numeracy. Will these still be valid when I begin my initial teacher training?

    Professional skills test passes for applicants to ITT courses remain valid for 3 years. You must start an ITT course within this period. If your ITT course starts beyond the period of validity, you will need to re-take the skills tests.

    As of February 2018, candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass, and all candidates will be able to book up to three tests, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject. For more information, please visit http://sta.education.gov.uk/

    How does the Future Teaching Scholars programme relate to the PGCE route?

    The PGCE and Future Teaching Scholars programme are different routes into teaching, and cannot be taken together. The PGCE is a stand-alone one-year teacher training course, whereas the Future Teaching Scholars programme is a six year programme offering a new route into teaching, supporting students throughout their time at university, during their teacher training, and through the first two years of their first teaching role.

    There are many routes into teaching, but the Future Teaching Scholars programme is unrivalled in its level of training, learning, support and financial benefits. As a Future Teaching Scholar you receive a £15k grant, as well as a salary during your initial teacher training year, with a total of 6 years of support and training, access to exclusive events, and help finding your first teaching job.

    How will the Future Teaching Scholars programme be structured?

    • Years 1-3 Undergraduate study (£5,000 grant at the start of each academic year)
    • Year 4 Postgraduate employment-based teacher training (Paid on the unqualified teacher scale)
    • Year 5-6 Employed as a maths or physics teacher (Paid on the qualified teacher scale)

    What is a Regional Training Centre?

    An outstanding Teaching School that co-ordinates all activities, events and support for the Future Teaching Scholars in a given area.

    What kind of schools will I teach in?

    The schools you will teach and gain experience in will vary throughout the programme. The Regional Training Centre (RTC) you will be attached to is part of an outstanding Teaching School Alliance (TSA). TSAs work with a wide range of schools including those that may be considered challenging or require improvement. You will also get to work with, or in, good and outstanding schools. It is hoped that at the end of the programme, Scholars will use their expertise in schools that are most in need of support.

    What types of things will I do on the programme when I am an undergraduate? Who organises these activities and events?

    You will be ‘attached’ to a Regional Training Centre (RTC) close to the university where you are studying for your degree. Your RTC will build a programme of events, activities and support for you and your fellow Future Teaching Scholars to take part in. Some of these will be based in schools local to where you are studying for your degree – these are known as Local Training Centres. You will be assigned a school-based mentor, in a Local Training Centre, for the three years you are studying for your degree.

    During these years you will:

    • get the chance to meet with other Future Teaching Scholars in your region at three regional events per year
    • have an induction review with the Regional Training Centre Co-ordinator (who is responsible for looking after you and your school experiences during the following three years)
    • begin learning about school life and having an impact on pupils in need of a maths or physics specialist
    • build a strong relationship with your Local Training Centre through two immersion opportunities that year in the autumn and spring terms.
    • Further develop your knowledge of school life in the second year of your degree through eight in-school experiences linked to the Teachers’ Standards
    • develop an Action Research project in the autumn term of your third year
    • take part in an immersion week after your final exams. This will help you prepare for your ITT year, and will include a wide range of activities and experiences such as: shadowing teachers, experience as a teaching assistant, training sessions and group discussions with experienced teachers.
    • regularly take part in reviews and personal development planning (this might be through the online system or Skype as well as face to face).

Grant & Student Finance

    What costs will I incur as part of the programme?

    Each year you will need to attend national and regional events, so you should think about train fares and the cost of any overnight stays. You should also think about how you will get to schools for the development activities and events, and also the cost of any learning materials you think you might need.

    How will the Future Teaching Scholars grant affect student finance?

    The Future Teaching Scholars grant is taxable income, but this will be dependent upon each Scholar's personal circumstances. Each Scholar is responsible for his/her own tax affairs, and if the Scholar is required to pay tax on receipt of the grant, the Department for Education shall not be obliged to increase the value of the grant to compensate the Scholar for the tax paid. Furthermore, if the Scholar's obligations are not met, the full amount may be requested to be repaid. However the Department for Education acknowledges and understands that there may be reasons which prevent the Scholar from fulfilling the obligations set out in the Funding Deed which are outside of the Scholar's control, in which case the amount requested to repay may be reduced. 

    The amount of financial support available to you through student finance is based on household income, which takes into account both your parents/carers income in addition to your own. Scholars should declare the grant to Student Finance when applying for financial support. It is possible that your student loan may be affected by the grant, and we recommend contacting Student Finance for any financial advice.

    You may want to use the student finance calculator to estimate the financial support which could be available to you. Remember to include an additional £5,000 per year to the annual household income for your Future Teaching Scholars grant.

    For further information please visit the Student Finance section of the GOV.UK website, or call Student Finance England on 0300 100 0607.

    How much can I earn as a teacher? What are my career prospects?

    Teachers start on a salary of between £22k and £27k. Good teachers are in demand, and there are excellent employment prospects. Benefits of becoming a teacher include strong job security, a variety of career progression routes and immense job satisfaction – knowing that what you do makes a difference.

    Currently, there are not enough maths and physics specialists in education – the Future Teaching Scholars programme is breaking the mould and will develop people to fill important roles in this area of education. The activities, events and development opportunities in the Future Teaching Scholars programme are designed to give you a great start in your career as an outstanding and inspiring teacher of maths or physics. In 10 years’ time you could be:

    • a physics specialist designing curricula across a chain of 50+ academies
    • a school-based teacher-researcher working with a thinktank or research foundation trialling interventions and teaching methods to boost pupils' mathematical understanding
    • a school adviser raising the quality of maths or physics teaching across the sector
    • a master teacher, whose model lessons are filmed and shown across the country as part of teacher training

    Whichever career route you choose, we hope that you will be instrumental in the delivery and design of the maths or physics education of young people – giving them an opportunity to succeed.

    If I do not complete the programme what happens to the grant?

    You will receive a £15,000 grant paid in three instalments of £5,000 at the beginning of each year of undergraduate study. If you do not complete the full programme (6 years) the Department for Education will ask you to repay the grant – recovery will be on a sliding scale – so the full grant will be recovered if you leave before successfully completing initial teacher training (ITT); two-thirds will be recovered if you have successfully completed ITT and then withdraw; and one-third if you successfully complete 12 months’ subsequent employment but do not stay employed as a teacher for a further 12 months.

    What can I spend my grant on?

    You can spend your grant on whatever you wish. However, you should think about the potential costs of being a Future Teaching Scholar..

International Students

    How will the EU referendum result affect my eligibility to join the programme?

    The Prime Minister outlined in a statement on Friday 24 June 2016, that there will be no immediate changes in the circumstances of European citizens living, studying or working in the UK. Further details on eligibility to study and work in the UK can be found on the Gov.uk website.

    Are international students eligible to apply?

    To be eligible for the Future Teaching Scholars programme, applicants must be able to provide evidence that they have the right to study and work in the UK for the 6 years of the programme's duration.

    As stated by the Department for Education on the Get into Teaching website, there will be no immediate changes in the circumstances of European citizens living, studying or working in the UK. The UK is still a member of the EU and remains bound by EU law until the terms of our exit have been determined.

    Please see the government's Right to Work Checklist for the full list of acceptable documents.

    For applicants outside of the EEA, evidence of a Tier 4 (General) student visa alone will not be sufficient for your eligibility to apply for the programme, as this only provides you with the right to work throughout your undergraduate degree. You must be able to provide evidence that you have the right to work in the UK for the full 6 years of the programme.

     

Programme Support

    Are there other routes into teaching?

    If the Future Teaching Scholars programme does not suit your particular circumstances, you may wish to visit the Get Into Teaching website, which provides further information about the different routes into teaching.

    There are many routes into teaching, but the Future Teaching Scholars programme is unrivalled in its level of training, learning, support and financial benefits. As a Future Teaching Scholar you receive a £15k grant, as well as a salary during your initial teacher training year, with a total of 6 years of support and training, access to exclusive events, and help finding your first teaching job.

    What extra support will I get as a Future Teaching Scholar during my salaried teacher training?

    During this phase of the programme you will be supported by your SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) provider, where you will receive tailored support during your intensive year-long salaried teacher training. In addition, the Future Teaching Scholars programme will continue to provide:

    • three regional events
    • links to the Regional Training Centre staff
    • support from the Future Teaching Scholars network
    • online portal support to find your first teaching position.

    What happens if I move universities or want to move to a different part of the country during the programme?

    Most participants are likely to remain geographically stable during their undergraduate degree and will be based at the same Regional Training Centre (RTC) for the first three years of the programme. If you move universities for whatever reason, you will be assigned to the nearest RTC. It is more likely that you may need to transfer between RTCs as you secure your ITT place with a partner school (in year 4 of the programme), and then again when you gain employment as a newly-qualified teacher and beyond (years 5 and 6). The central programme team will manage the placement process, and make sure you are always assigned to an RTC throughout the years, so you know who will support you year on year.

    What impact will the Future Teaching Scholars programme have on my degree?

    The Future Teaching Scholars programme is demanding, and you will need to be organised and committed to succeed. At times you will need to manage attendance and preparation for teaching-related activities and events alongside your degree. National events will mainly take place outside of term time and the activities at Regional or Local Centres are unlikely to be in blocks of more than three days at a time. You will need to maintain your interest in teaching-related current affairs, school-based activities and be an active ambassador for teaching and your subject. That said, these are all activities that will supplement your degree, and are designed to ensure you become one of the very best teachers with a strong career.

    What support will I get as a Future Teaching Scholar?

    As well as the very best personal and professional development from a network of outstanding Teaching Schools and the £15k grant you will get:

    • online support through a web-based portal including information zone, regional zone, CPD zone, learning zone and discussion zone
    • support to find teaching jobs
      • partner schools will be asked to broker job opportunities at the initial teacher training stage and beyond
      • job alerts from the central programme team – letting you know about opportunities across England – particularly in areas where there are mathematics and physics teacher shortages
    • membership of a national network of Future Teaching Scholars.

    When I have qualified as a teacher, what are the benefits of being a Future Teaching Scholar?

    During your newly-qualified teacher (NQT) year you will be supported in your school. You will also be attached to the Regional Training Centre (RTC) closest to your school so that you can continue to access regional events and activities, and receive support from RTC staff in your NQT year and beyond. Career advice and support, including job brokerage, will be provided. Of course, you will still have access to the Future Teaching Scholars network and online portal.