Employing a Scholar

The Future Teaching Scholars programme is a new and unique approach to teacher training. It encourages exceptional maths and physics students to go into teaching the subjects they are passionate about.

Scholars continue in-depth study of their subjects via an undergraduate degree whilst also learning about teaching and undertaking practical in-school experiences.

We are currently looking for schools that have appropriate vacancies for scholars to complete their Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in 2019. If you think that your learners deserve to be taught by passionate subject specialists who are committed to effective teaching and learning, then please get in touch.

A graduate with a difference

Future Teaching Scholars are a special kind of mathematics or physics graduate. They are committed to teaching and knew they wanted to become a teacher before starting their degree in their area of specialism.

They love their subject and want to share that passion with others. Scholars are subject specialists that have also taken part in three years of a structured programme of learning, delivered by outstanding Teaching Schools, that prepares them to teach.

Over three years they have spent time in schools and had many classroom experiences including teaching, team teaching, lesson study and have spent time learning about creating the conditions for high quality learning to take place.

After their ITT, as part of the programme, scholars will continue to be supported, as well as attending national and regional events and will carry out Master’s level study.

Bringing commitment, experience, and enthusiasm

Schools will benefit from employing someone who is:

  • an ITT student with 3 years’ experience of being in schools and therefore more prepared than many other mathematics or physics students.
  • a subject specialist that is committed to teaching, having signed up to a 6-year programme.
  • an enthusiastic graduate who has participated in a three-year part-time teacher training programme in association with an outstanding Teaching School.
  • experienced in school-led research having completed a research project.

Schools that can offer excellent employment-based training and any highly-rated secondary school with mathematics or physics teaching vacancies can employ a Scholar.

Unfortunately, schools on special measures or with serious weaknesses are not eligible.

We offer a unique brokerage system to ensure all Scholars find a teaching position. If you have a physics or mathematics teaching vacancy, please get in touch. There may be a Scholar that is a perfect fit for your school, either in 2019 or beyond.

Building on their experience in a well-supported environment

Schools that employ a Scholar must agree to provide a well-supported environment in which they can build on their incredible experience in the previous three years. All schools must sign a partnership agreement that details the support they are required to provide. There are two key areas; conditions of employment and support for professional development.

If you think that employing a Scholar to complete their ITT could benefit your school, then the school must be able to offer:

  • employment on the unqualified teacher salary scale and fund their post.
  • an 11-month contract as a minimum, although longer contracts are desirable.
  • 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.
  • a physics Scholar a teaching timetable where at least 50% of it is teaching physics.
  • an induction period, allowing the Scholar into the school for two weeks in the Summer Term.
  • release from timetable commitments to attend the annual 2-day National Conference in September 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.


If you think that your school is the perfect place for a Future Teaching Scholar to develop their teaching career and can provide a well-supported environment for a Scholar to complete their ITT, please get in touch.

Have I got what it takes?

Have I got what it takes?

  • Are you passionate about maths or physics?
  • Do you enjoy solving problems?
  • Do you work well with other people?
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