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Teacher Training and Induction

ISC schools are enthusiastic about playing their part in training the country's new teachers. Some schools train teachers on the job ensuring they achieve QTS status. Schools also welcome newly qualified teachers and continue their development within the profession.

Although many starting a teaching career are new graduates, teaching is also an increasingly attractive choice for those wishing for a career change. Age is no barrier to training. To find more information for trainees on initial teacher training, see the ISC Teacher Training website.

Routes into Teaching

There are two routes into teaching. One is based at a university; the other is to train on the job. The first route means you get a qualification and then get a job. The second route means you get a job and then get a qualification.

  • University course

Graduates can take a one-year Post Graduate Certificate of Education, PGCE, course at University. The course will include placements in schools, which can be in independent schools. Most PGCE courses will lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

  • On the job training

Graduates can apply for a job in a school as an unqualified teacher and then train to gain their Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) whilst working. This can be done within an independent school.

Independent schools are interested in academically strong undergraduates and graduates with a good degree relevant to the subject they will teach and trainees who offer a broad range of interests and can support extra-curricular involvement.

ISC Teacher Training is for graduates who want to become a teacher in an ISC school and ISC schools who want to train teachers

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) gained while working in the independent or state maintained sector is transferable between sectors. This is a statutory qualification that is equally valid in whichever sector you have trained.

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is is transferable between the independent and state school sectors

Induction of Newly Qualified Teachers

Once you have gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), you become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT). You will continue your training, within a school, as an NQT for a year. You will have a planned programme organised by your school and overseen by the NQT appropriate body, which is the Schools Teacher Induction Panel (IStip) for the vast majority of independent schools. Most schools in the independent sector and all schools in the state sector expect you to pass this NQT Induction year to be a fully qualified teacher.

NQTs will continue their training for a year, within a school, before becoming a fully qualified teacher

Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel

The Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel (IStip) is designated by the Department for Education as the appropriate body for statutory induction of Newly Qualified Teachers in ISC schools. With over 1200 NQTs in ISC schools, IStip set and uphold high standards with regards to the processes and procedures of induction, enabling schools to provide quality and meaningful induction for their teachers.

Independent Schools Teacher Induction Panel,
Chester House,
Fulham Green,
81-83 Fulham High Street,

Judith Fenn, Executive Director
Email: judith.fenn@istip.co.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 3586 3136
Website: www.istip.co.uk

IStip set and uphold high standards for the processes and procedures of teacher induction