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Teach science and make breakthroughs

2024 applications open

Inspire the scientists of the future

Scientists are essential to the UK's future. An estimated 40,000 science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates are needed each year to meet demand.

However, too few newly qualified science teachers are entering schools to educate the next generation. For example, 2018 UCAS figures showed that less than 600 new physics teachers were expected to reach the classroom - significantly below the 1,000 needed.

Without enough teachers to educate and inspire, tomorrow's scientific accomplishments may never move beyond science fiction.

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Why our schools need science teachers like you

  • 24% of science teachers in the poorest areas don't have a relevant qualification.

  • 50% of mixed-gender state schools don't have a single girl studying A-level physics.

  • By 2025 there will be 15% more secondary school pupils than in 2018.

Rated outstanding by Ofsted

We've achieved an Ofsted rating of outstanding in all areas for our evidence-led training.

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Ofsted outstanding provider

Working with kids every day is probably the most rewarding job you could ever get. When I'm teaching, seeing the light bulb moments that happen around the classroom is absolutely fantastic.
James Hulse,
Assistant Associate Headteacher
St. Wilfrid's RC College

Join our Training Programme

Train to teach science and earn a salary from the start. You'll be placed in a school where your knowledge can have the biggest impact, helping provide a high-quality education for children from the poorest backgrounds. You'll get:

  • a fully-funded teaching qualification

  • five weeks of intensive training at the Institute

  • a salary while you train

  • the opportunity to inspire the scientific minds of tomorrow

  • support from our network of 10,000+ teachers and former teachers.

Apply today

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Watch Ellie's story

Experience rapid progression

After studying science at university, Ellie found that many of her friends were going on to do PhDs. Having previously volunteered with children though, she realised that her calling lay in teaching. Our Training Programme offered an appealing route into the profession.

"The Training Programme is different because it does feel like although within those first few weeks you're very much a trainee, after that you are far more like a Newly Qualified Teacher."


Want to try teaching science before committing?

If you're:

  • currently in your penultimate year of university

  • studying a science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) subject

you can apply for our award-winning paid STEM Internship.

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Our country needs Black STEM teachers

Taster programmes

Boost your CV and develop leaderships skills to help you stand out with our two-day Taster Programme.

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