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Department for Education - Get Into Teaching

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT)

The EYITT is a government endorsed scheme through which you will gain Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS). This will allow you to teach the Early Years Foundation Stage in an early years setting.

Route 1: University-Led

This full-time route is for new graduates and career changers who will not be employed in the early years sector during the training. It is based at the University of Warwick and includes 120 placement days in schools and early years settings.

Route 2: Employer-Led

This part-time route is for graduates who are already employed in an early years setting/early years department of a school within a 50 mile radius of our campus (CV4 8EE). It provides hands-on training in an employment setting. This route is also available to childminders. Occasionally we can provide you with support in finding employment while you study through this route. 
Information for Employers:

• As an employer you will receive £7,000 (funding from the government) to cover the cost of your 16 University days and 6 week alternative placement. NB Not available to childminders unless they are registered as limited companies.

• As a partner, the employer will be entitled to attend Early Years CPD for free.

• A qualification in Early Years Teaching has a strong element in the Ofsted inspection.

• There is more flexibility with Early Year Teachers, ratios 1:13 compared to 1:8.

• Parents will be encouraged in their decision making process on selecting a provision with staff who have obtained qualifications such as the EYITT.

• The University is understanding of employers' wishes for trainees to continue with their substantive roles whilst training.

Route 3: Assessment Only

This short route is for experienced graduates who are already employed in an early years setting/early years department of a school, and are able to demonstrate the Early Years Teaching Standards without further training. Read more

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

A PGCE is the first step for graduates in the development of a teaching career. It provides recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a requirement to teach in the state school system as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), along with the academic qualification of a PGCE. These are one year teacher training courses that provide a varied and balanced experience of academic and practical teaching.

Route

 

Bursary

Scholarship

Salary

Phase

Placement

1

University Led


Early Years
3-7
Various number of contrasting placements
Primary
5-11

Secondary
11-18

2

Employer Led
(School Direct Training)


Early years
3-7
Mostly in your base school with one complementary placement elsewhere
Primary
5-11
Secondary
11-16

3

Employer Led
(School Direct Salaried)
   

Early years
3-7
Mostly in your base school with one complementary placement elsewhere
Primary
5-11
Secondary
11-16

Route 1: University-Led (Core)

PGCE Early Years and PGCE Primary

If you have experience with young children, feel passionate about teaching and would like a programme offering placements in a range of schools, this may be the best option for you. You'll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans and bursaries.

PGCE Secondary
If you have little direct experience of the classroom but are passionate about your subject and would like to experience placements in different schools, including one with a sixth form, this may the best option for you. You'll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries or scholarships.

Route 2: School-Led (School Direct Training)


These are teacher training courses that are based in schools, and provide hands-on training in an employment setting for graduates who want to feel part of a school team whilst training.

PGCE Primary and Early Years

This is a good option if you have some experience in working with young people, for example you may be a scout leader or have worked as a camp leader. Your placement is based mainly in one school with some limited time spent at the University. You'll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans or bursaries.

PGCE Secondary 
This is a good option if you have some experience in working with young people, for example you may be a scout leader or have worked as a camp leader. Your placement is based mainly in one school with some limited time spent at the University. You'll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, bursaries or scholarships.

Route 3: School-Led (School Direct Salaried)

PGCE Primary and Early Years

The salaried route provides an employment based option for high-quality graduates with previous work experience, ideal for those who have worked in a school setting or who are seeking to change career. You will not be eligible for any bursaries or scholarships as you receive a salary whilst you train.

PGCE Secondary 

The salaried route provides an employment based option for high-quality graduates with previous work experience, ideal for those who have worked in a school setting or who are seeking to change career. You will not be eligible for any bursaries or scholarships.


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