Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for current trainees

We know right now you will be focused on supporting your pupils and school through this difficult time.

Last updated: 21 April 2020

 

Thank you for all you’re doing. As you’re employed by your school, please keep focused on their needs. That is the right priority.  

We want to reassure you that you don't need to worry. We’re making adjustments but the programme will continue. Both Teach First and your university are working together on these adjustments – including on Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). Please read the emails we’ve sent you over the last few weeks with these important updates.

Keep focused on your school, and we will make sure your training, qualification and award are not compromised because of the situation.

We’re able to confirm some changes to how we deliver your training to make sure you can continue to be supported.

We have rescheduled all group training events. Where possible, the topics covered have been rescheduled and will be delivered virtually instead.

Where staff work with you one-to-one, they will continue to do so – but these meetings will be conducted via phone or video link.

We have been proactively preparing to deliver our support remotely. We have now moved our training online, with content and curricula designed for high-quality learning through digital tools. We’ll plan these so they work for the new arrangements you’ll inevitably be working in.

This is an interim arrangement until further notice, and we’ll keep you updated as the situation develops.

We know this situation is challenging and uncertain. We’re sorry for the disruption.  But we are inspired every day by the work you and your fellow teachers are doing to support and protect the most vulnerable. We are here to support you through that with this new approach.

Below are more FAQs – which we’ll keep adding to in the coming week.

We have been in touch during April with further details relating to your training, QTS, the PGDE and any visits that were planned. If you have any urgent concerns, please speak to your Development Lead.
 

FAQs for 2019 trainees (we’ll keep updating these, so check regularly)

How should I support my school? 

All schools are facing a difficult situation, but the exact details will vary between each. They will therefore be asking different things of you in the coming weeks.  

That is absolutely right and, as you’re employed by your school, please keep focused on their needs. We don’t want to distract you from that.

What’s the impact on QTS and PGDE? 

The Department for Education has confirmed that trainee teachers will be able to gain QTS this summer as planned. This judgement will be made based on your assessments to date and your progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards.
 
You will still be able to complete your PGDE, and we’ll be in touch shortly with arrangements for this. You can read the updated ITT guidance from the DfE on their website.

What should I do about Contrasting School experience?

If you were due to go on a contrasting school experience next week, please do not. Stay focused on your school and what they and your pupils may need. We will find suitable solutions to this in the coming months.

What about my termly reviews?

We know many of you have termly reviews due shortly. We will be led by you. If you have already prepared and you and your school’s situation mean that it is suitable to go ahead, we can carry those out.  

However, if the current situation would put additional pressure on you or your school, we will happily make sure these happen later in the coming months. Please just let us know what is best for you.

Do trainees need to hold the existing training day dates in their diary?

This will vary and will depend on your region and your university’s plans for virtual content. Some may decide to schedule virtual content on the same days as the training day events, some may be scheduled on different days. Please check with your Programme & Events team in the first instance, thank you.

FAQs for 2018 trainees (we’ll keep updating these, so check regularly)

How should I support my school?

All schools are facing a difficult situation, but the exact details will vary between each. They will therefore be asking different things of you in the coming weeks.  

That is absolutely right and, as you’re employed by your school, please keep focused on their needs. We don’t want to distract you from that.

What’s the impact on NQT and PGDE?

The Department for Education has confirmed that NQTs will be able to complete statutory induction this summer as planned. This judgement will be made based on your assessments to date and your progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards.
 
You will still be able to complete your PGDE, and we've been in touch by email to confirm arrangements for this. You can read the updated NQT guidance from the DfE on their website.

What about my Teach First termly reviews?

Termly reviews with your Development Leads do not need to go ahead this term. If you would still like to have one, please let us know. 

You may also have a planned NQT review meeting coming up with your mentor – please speak to your school directly if this applies, and they’ll provide further information on the requirements of their appropriate body and let you know of changes to your in-school NQT programme where applicable.

What will happen to achieving ambassador status?

Everyone who completes one of our programmes becomes an ambassador. We're opening up access to the ambassador Facebook group early for your cohort. The group is currently very active, sharing resources and ideas that we think you may find helpful in the current situation. You’re most welcome to join now and make the most of the community.

Do trainees need to hold the existing training day dates in their diary?

This will vary and will depend on your region and your university’s plans for virtual content. Some may decide to schedule virtual content on the same days as the training day events, some may be scheduled on different days. Please check with your Programme & Events team in the first instance, thank you.

 

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