The Graduate Teacher Programme, a new Government initiative designed to bring graduates into the teaching profession, offers a way for suitable candidates to be able to train as a school teacher while continuing to earn a living. Potential students need to find a post as an unqualified teacher with a 'sponsoring' school that will then approach Brunel to submit an application for the programme on your behalf. Though the University cannot find suitable schools for applicants, there are plans for the establishment of a regional co-ordinator who may, following a screening interview, be able to help this process.
Once on the programme, the Government will pay your school a training grant which will cover your salary as an unqualified teacher (The arrangements for those in the independent sector are different, with the Government only paying for the final assessment). They will also pay your training costs.
All trainees have programmes tailored to suit their individual needs. Brunel acts as a Recommending Body rather than awarding a qualification and you will therefore, on successful completion of the GTP programme, be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status to the Teacher Training Agency. Course DetailsApplications for fully-funded GTPs have to be submitted once a term for a programme to start the following term but you are advised to contact Brunel at least two months before the relevant deadlines in order to allow sufficient time to complete a needs analysis and process the application. Entry RequirementsA first degree in a relevant subject plus GCSE (or equivalent) passes at Grade C or above in English and Maths (and Science if applying for a Primary Teacher Programme place). In addition, you must be employed as an unqualified teacher by a school in SE England on the understanding that your chosen school will approach Brunel to be the recommending body for submission of an application to train via the GTP. You must also be at least 24 years of age and may be asked to an interview at the University. As with other teacher courses, all GTP trainees will have to pass the National Skills Tests in literacy, numeracy and ICT before they can be recommended for QTS.