Want to get nominated onto our Training Programme? Here’s all you need to know

This section provides answers to candidates' frequently asked questions about our Training Programme Nomination.


Browse below to find the information you need. We'll update this page throughout the year.

What is Training Programme Nomination?

Training Programme Nomination is a dedicated route for support staff and talented individuals to train as teachers on our Training Programme. As a nominated trainee, you’ll get to stay at a school you already know and continue to earn a salary.  
All you need is a nomination from your Headteacher to help you get onto our Training Programme.

How do I get nominated?

You either need to be working in a school as a member of support staff or you’re a trusted individual to the school e.g. former staff member or school governor.  
If you’re interested in this route, you’ll need to speak with your headteacher (or a delegated senior leader at your school) and get them to nominate you by enquiring here.

What qualifications do I need to have?

To gain a place on our Training Programme, you'll need to have:

  • a 2.2 degree or above 
  • usually have a degree or an A-level (at grade B or higher) in the subject you’ll be teaching 
  • have GCSE grade C or equivalent in maths and English. Grade C in one science subject is also required for primary teaching. Please check our eligibility page for more information about your chosen subject. 
How much does it cost to get onto the Training Programme?

Our teacher training is free for the trainee, although schools will have to pay a fee to enrol you onto the programme.

When will I start teaching?

All trainees for the Training Programme will start teaching a class in September. You’ll first complete Summer Institute – our initial teacher training – which will get you up to speed with the fundamentals on teaching so you can hit the ground running. As part of Summer Institute, you’ll need to be available for School-centred learning (SCL), which will take place over one week. 
For more information on Summer Institute, click here.

What training will I get before I start teaching?

Summer Institute is the initial teacher training that prepares our trainees to start leading a class full of expectant pupils. At Summer Institute you’ll: 

  • Learn the theory and practice of education and how to manage a classroom. 
  • Beef up your knowledge of the curriculum. 
  • Visit other schools to observe teaching in different settings  
  • Build relationships with leaders across your school. 
  • Get to know other trainees. 

You can complete Summer Institute full-time or part-time, which takes place from June to August. Please note that you’ll need to be available for one week during Summer Institute to complete your School-centred learning (SCL).  
Any trainees joining via the Training Programme Nomination route will be guaranteed the option of part-time Summer Institute if they are nominated before 28 January 2022. So, if you’re already working in school, you can remain in post until you begin teaching in September.

Using the Teach First portal

Information on using the Teach First portal can be found here.

Ready to apply?

Enquire now

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