What's the difference between the Training Programme and Time to Teach?

The Training Programme is our flagship teacher training programme. Time to Teach is designed specifically for people who would like to change career.

Here are the key differences between the two programmes. 

  • Where the programmes are available: The Training Programme runs in schools across England. Time to Teach is for people wanting to work in school in Bradford, Greater Manchester or South Yorkshire only.
  • What subjects you can teach: Time to Teach is for science, maths and English eligible applicants only. There are a wider range of subjects available on the Training Programme.
  • What experience you have: Anyone who is academically eligible can apply for the Training Programme. To apply for Time to Teach you must have three or more years experience in another career.
  • How training is delivered: On the Training Programme, you'll attend a 5-week residential training course in July, before starting in the classroom in September, where you will continue to train on the job with support from Teach First, your school and your university tutor. On Time to Teach you'll train in a school, gradually building up your experience for a full term before teaching your own classes.
  • When you start: The Training Programme starts in June (although you get a break in August), and Time to Teach starts in April.
  • What qualifications you get: On the Training Programme you work towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE), with Time to Teach you'll get QTS after two years.
  • Getting paid: On the Training Programme your salary begins in September when you start teaching. With Time to Teach you will get paid from April onwards, throughout the programme (including all holidays).
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