Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for Time to Teach trainees

We know this situation is challenging and uncertain - we’re making adjustments, but rest assured that the programme will continue.

Last updated: 9 April 2020


We will be updating you with more information in the coming weeks and months.

Keep focused on your school, and we will make sure your training 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 will reschedule all group training and induction events. Where possible, the topics covered will be rescheduled and delivered virtually.

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’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.

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

If you have any urgent concerns, please speak to your Recruiter or Development Lead.


FAQs (we'll be updating these, so check regularly)

Is the ongoing situation with COVID-19 going to affect my offer/ability to start Time to Teach?

Time to Teach for the 2020 cohort is still going ahead. However, as schools are under a huge amount of pressure at the moment, it has been difficult for us arrange placements for those without a contract with a school.

We're in contact with all of our incoming trainees and dealing with each case individually. We're doing everything we can to make sure they're still able to start teaching this year.

If we are unable to find a trainee as place in school for Time to Teach, we'll offer them a place on our Training Programme.

What's the plan for the Time to Teach Induction Day scheduled for Friday 24 April?

The Time to Teach Induction Day planned as a face to face event on Friday 24 April will now go ahead as a Zoom call. Time to Teach 2020 trainees will receive further information by email one week ahead of the event.

What's the plan for the Time to Teach training days scheduled for the supernumerary term?

The Time to Teach training days planned as face to face events will be delivered as a mixture of calls and check-ins with Development Leads, directed independent tasks, and seminar style learning sessions. Further information will be provided.

Will Time to Teach trainees still get paid from April if the schools are closed?

Yes, schools that are closed are continuing to pay their teachers, including Time to Teach and Training Programme trainees.

If schools are closed, as a Time to Teach trainee what will we do on the days we're meant to be in school?

Many of our trainees will still be going in to schools but this is likely to be on a much-reduced frequency, and some won’t be going in to school at all. 
The Time to Teach programme is being re-worked so that time not spent in school can be used for blended learning; including time for subject knowledge enhancement. Schools may also ask trainees to do some preparation work during this time.

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