Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeships

Teach SouthEast offers a variety of training routes – tuition fee (self-funded with the help of student loans), salaried (an employment based programme, supported by a school) and a PGCE option (The University of Sussex work with us to deliver this post-graduate qualification with 60 Master’s-level credits).

The Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship is an exciting new route into teaching and has been launched for September 2018.

All routes lead to ‘Qualified Teacher Status’ (QTS).

Teach SouthEast are delighted to be offering the new Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship and we are very excited about the opportunities that this new employment based route will bring.

Teach SouthEast are fully committed to delivering the Apprenticeship.


The new Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship has now been launched and this means that schools have an opportunity to use apprenticeship funding for training. Apprentice teachers will have to meet the same statutory requirements for entry as all other ITT programmes and will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. The apprenticeship route combines paid work with on and off-the-job training. QTS will be awarded to successful apprentices after three terms, as currently. In their fourth term (i.e. first term of NQT year) trainee apprenticeships will undergo an ‘end point assessment’ (EPA) by an independent assessor and, if successful, will then be deemed to have completed their apprenticeship training.

What will it look like?

The apprenticeship will be very similar to the school direct salaried programme.

What are apprentices to be paid?

Apprentices are to be paid on the unqualified teacher scale (academies, non-maintained schools and free schools will follow their own pay arrangements) and employed full time for the duration of their training. Salary costs will be met by the employer. Once QTS has been awarded apprentices will be paid as NQTs and will have the same employment rights as NQTs. Those employed by free schools and academies will be paid in accordance with the salary flexibilities allowed by those schools.


Employing schools that pay the apprenticeship levy will be able to draw down up to £9,000 from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to fund the cost of training and the end point assessment.

0nly accredited initial training providers (SCITTs and HEIs) that have successfully applied to the register of apprenticeship training providers can offer the teaching apprenticeships. Applicants for the School Direct Salaried Route will have the opportunity to change their SD salaried place to the Post-Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship Route after discussion with their school and provider.

For candidates starting their apprenticeship in 2018 (please note that the DfE will be reviewing this route during the first year to see where improvements can be made and also to ensure it captures wider QTS changes taking place). Information about all of this can be found:

  • Press notice can be found here.
  • Information for providers can be found here.
  • Information for candidates can be found here.
  • The apprenticeship standard and the end-point assessment plan for the post-graduate teaching apprenticeship is online here.

Apprentice entry criteria

The entry criteria for postgraduate teaching apprenticeship will be the same as for other teacher training routes. Applicants must have:

  • the equivalent to a grade 4 (or C) in GCSE English, Science and Mathematics
  • a degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification
  • successfully completed the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy

Additional frequently asked questions:

Q1. How does the apprenticeship differ from other employment led routes to QTS such as School Direct salaried?

All routes to QTS, including the apprenticeship, will have to adhere to the Secretary of State’s criteria for initial teacher training, be subject to OFSTED inspection and be delivered by accredited ITE providers. The apprenticeship will differ in respect of the post-QTS EPA process and the funding mechanism. In practice, it is likely that the first three terms of the apprenticeship will be similar to salaried programmes.

Q2: How much training will apprentices receive?

Apprentices will be entitled to receive at least 20% of their time for off-the-job training. While this can take place in school settings, the training must be distinct from normal working duties.

Q3: How do people apply for apprenticeships?

Through UCAS as with other QTS programmes. Providers offering SDS and apprenticeships will have to identify each separately.

Q4: What are the entry requirements?

The same as for any other postgraduate QTS programme.

Q5: Will a school that wishes to train an existing employee (e.g. a teaching assistant) through the apprenticeship have to recruit that person via UCAS?

Yes. All applications received through UCAS will have to be considered on merit.

Q6: Why would someone need to complete an apprenticeship once they have been awarded QTS?

The apprentice will have a contract of employment lasting for at least one year, so are likely to remain with their employer for the fourth term, although they can’t be compelled to do so. During that time they should receive professional development support as part of the apprenticeship agreement.

Q7: What do the end point assessments entail?

This will consist of a lesson observation carried out by the independent assessor and a professional discussion involving the apprentice and a panel consisting of the independent assessor, a representative of the training provider and an employer representative.

Q8: How will the quality of the end point assessment process be assured?

As only accredited providers will be able to carry out EPAs, the final assessment against the apprenticeship standards (which are also the Teachers' Standards) will be robust. An organisation (The Association of Accredited Teacher Education Providers – AATEP) to be established by UCET and NASSBTT will monitor the EPA process from a national perspective.

Q9: Will someone successfully completing the EPA still have to successfully complete their induction year?

A: Yes. Normal rules in regards to the induction year will apply.

Q10: Will the apprenticeship change in the light of the QTS review?

A: The apprenticeship might change in the light of the DFE review of QTS, which will apply to those entering training programmes from September 2019. A consultation on the review is expected to be launched soon.


Teach SouthEast (TSE) has applied to become an 'End Point Assessment' (EPA) centre for the new Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship (ST0490/AP01). The content of this page will be up-dated once permission has been granted to provide EPA.

Teach SouthEast's EPA service is independent to our provision of apprenticeship training. To ensure consistency and impartiality the EPA cannot be carried out by the training provider delivering the apprenticeship (in accordance with IFA regulations).

Employers have the option to secure our services to conduct the end point assessment of an apprentice (not trained by Teach SouthEast) once they have achieved QTS and met the gateway during the fourth term of their apprenticeship.

Before going forward for the end-point assessment, the apprentice must have:

  • Achieved a minimum of level 2 in Maths and English (all apprentices’ have to achieve level 2 English and Maths to enter the programme, and therefore these qualifications will automatically have been achieved prior to the gateway)
  • Successfully completed an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course delivered by a provider accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership; and
  • Obtained Qualified Teacher Status awarded by an accredited ITE provider.

The apprentice must have also completed a portfolio of evidence compiled over the duration of the ITT.

The employer, who should gather views from the training provider and the apprentice to inform this decision, decides whether the apprentice is ready for the gateway. The employer is responsible for ensuring that the apprentice has met all the gateway requirements. The EPA assessor is responsible for verifying this, prior to administering the end-point assessment.

The gateway is triggered by the employer when they judge that gateway requirements have been met. Delivery of all training, development and review activities up to the gateway are considered as being on-programme. The employer will select an End-Point Assessment Organisation (i.e. TSE) from the Education and Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Apprentice Assessment Organisations. TSE will engage with employers and training providers through the website, termly Partnership Headteacher Board meetings, through regional ambassador schools and regional information seminars.

Once the gateway has been reached, the end-point assessment must be completed within three months. TSE SCITT would decide when the end-point assessment is to occur, with the exact date and timing of the assessment to be agreed with the apprentice. The assessment will take place in the educational setting in which the training/employment has taken place or at another place of employment (an alternative educational setting). The employer will facilitate the taking of the end-point assessment.

TSE will ensure consistent and impartial end point assessment against the standard and assessment plan. End point assessment for the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship will consist of:

  • A lesson observation - observed, and assessed by one of our EPA assessment team. The apprentice will produce a lesson plan, according to the employer’s format, which will be given to the EPA assessor prior to the lesson observation. A short professional dialogue about the observed lesson will follow this.
  • A professional discussion, which will assess the apprentices’ knowledge, skills and behaviours with regard to the Teachers’ Standards. The professional discussion will be held between the apprentice and a panel, composed of the EPA assessor, a representative from the apprenticeship training provider and a representative from the employer who has been involved in the apprentice’s training and development (such as professional mentor or support tutor). The EPA assessor will assess the content of the professional discussion. The apprentice should bring with them a portfolio of work completed during Initial Teaching Training. The portfolio will not be assessed but will provide the apprentice with an aid to the professional discussion.

Once the apprentice has completed the end-point assessment, the EPA assessor will take the appropriate amount of time needed to assess the evidence, decide the final grade, and adhere to the relevant quality assurance procedures. Having done this, TSE SCITT will inform the apprentice whether they have passed, and of their final grade (inadequate, pass or outstanding). The grading decision is made solely by the EPA assessor and a 10% sample will be subject to external moderation. The ESFA will be informed through the DMS so that certification can take place.

The apprentice is permitted to retake the end-point assessment after 1 month and within 6 months of the failed end-point assessment but not after 6 months (unless the apprentice is deferred due to sickness or maternity leave, which is to be determined by TSE SCITT). The apprentice is permitted to re-take the fail component(s) of the end-point assessment once within the permitted timeframe.

For copies of the following documents, please contact us at [email protected]¬ (once TSE has been approved as an EPA centre, the documents will be attached below):

  • Assessment exemplification criteria and guidance
  • EPA Assessment pro-formas
  • Quality Assurance procedures
  • Complaints and Appeals Policy
  • Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Fair Access Policy
  • Safeguarding Policy