The Future Teaching Scholars programme
To be eligible for the Future Teaching Scholars programme, Scholars were required to meet the following criteria before commencing study on their undergraduate course.
- Evidence right to study and work in the UK for the 6 years of the programme’s duration
- C/4 or higher in GCSE English Language
- B/5 or higher in GCSE Maths
- B/5 or higher in GCSE Science (only those wishing to study and teach Physics)
- B or higher in A Level Maths
- B or higher in A Level Physics (only those wishing to study and teach Physics)
- Accept an offer from an English university to study an approved course, on a full-time basis over no longer than 3 years.
The Future Teaching Scholars programme is a 6 year, full-time support package which comprises:
- 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 after achieving QTS (Paid on the qualified teacher scale)
There are many routes into teaching, but the Future Teaching Scholars programme is unrivalled in its level of training, learning, support and financial benefits. Scholars receive a £15k grant, as well as a salary during their initial teacher training year, with a total of 6 years of support and training, access to exclusive events, and help finding their first teaching job.
Before Scholars join the programme, they must sign a Funding Deed which commits them to the programme. When Scholars join the Future Teaching Scholars programme, they are allocated to their nearest Regional Training Centre (RTC), who are outstanding Teaching Schools which coordinate all of the subject-specific and teacher development opportunities in a given area. RTCs host Regional Training Days and support sessions, as well as work with the Scholars to schedule placements in their wider Teaching Alliance schools. During the 6 year programme Scholars experience teaching in a wide variety of schools, including some which are more challenging.
In their initial teacher training year (year 4), they will have access to an online portal that advertises job vacancies nationally. Scholars will also be supported by the Employer Coordinator who will notify them of vacancies more specific to their requested criteria. Scholars are not restricted to where they can accept a teaching role, except for the school must be secondary state-funded and in England.
The activities, events and development opportunities available throughout the Future Teaching Scholars programme are designed to give Scholars a great start in their career as an outstanding and inspiring teacher of maths or physics. In under 10 years, they might be designing their school's physics curriculum, leading the professional development of maths teachers for a cluster of secondary schools, or they may even be a maths or physics education researcher.