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Teacher Training offer guidance

We’re so pleased to be able to offer you a conditional place on our Initial Teacher Training course. You’re now firmly on the path to an exciting new career in teaching, we think you’re a great fit for a teacher and we can’t wait to support you in your journey.

Below, you will find all the essential information you need for your next steps.

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What's next?

Accept your offer

If you haven’t already, it’s important to accept your offer as soon as possible. You have 3 weeks from the date the offer was made, to accept. If you do not accept within this timeframe your place may have to be forfeited for another candidate.

> Review carefully the details of your offer and any conditions specified by your partner in the offer management section of My Teacher Training.

> Accept your offer by clicking to accept the privacy policy at the bottom of the offer page and then clicking the green ‘Accept offer’ button. If you used the DfE’s ‘Apply’ service to submit your application, please also log into your account and accept your offer there. Ambition Institute are unable to do this on your behalf.

We know you may want to take some time to think about your offer, but please be aware that we are assessing applicants on an ongoing basis and our partners have limited placements available. If you have any questions in advance of accepting your offer, please contact your chosen partner.

Once you have accepted your offer, here are some key dates for you to be aware of and a timeline to help you keep on track.

>Deadline for pre-programme checks – although you need to have completed all of your pre-programme checks by the start of the programme in September, we recommend completing these as soon as possible to secure your place.

>Deadline for additional offer conditions – you need to complete all of your additional offer conditions by the start of the programme in September. We would advise you to complete these as soon as possible, especially if you’re completing a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) which can be up to 28 weeks long.

All the above will need to be completed before the programme starts in September 2024.

Pre-programme checks

Once you’ve accepted your offer you will need to complete the standard pre-programme checks. These apply to anyone who is seeking a career in teaching and are non-negotiable requirements.

Proof of eligibility documentation

If you haven’t already done so, upload the following proof of eligibility documents to My Teacher Training for review. You will need to submit each relevant document as outlined below. Our system allows you to update them in separate sessions, i.e. you can submit your passport now if you have it available and at a later point upload your qualification documents.

  • Passport or other suitable form of ID
  • UK work visa (if applicable*)
  • GCSE English certificate/s (or equivalent**)
  • GCSE Maths certificate (or equivalent**)
  • GCSE Science certificate/s (or equivalent**) (Primary only)
  • Undergraduate (Bachelor’s) Degree certificate (or equivalent) showing your degree class
  • ENIC statement of comparability – if your degree or GCSEs were issued outside of the UK

Additionally - If you did not show the original copies of the documents above at your Assessment Centre, please make sure you arrange a date and time with your training partner to present them in person for verification.

* By the start of the training successful candidates must have permission to work in the UK, full-time, and for the duration of the programme. If you need a work visa you can find out how to apply for it here.

If you have a UK work visa, we need your share code to verify this, you can find out more about how to get a share code here. Please note a code is only valid for 90 days so if you have already uploaded your share code document but it is older than 90 days you will need to request a new one and upload it.

**Not everyone will have a UK GCSE so if you have an alternative qualification please upload the certificate for the qualification you have, this is the one you entered on your application form.

Where to do this: My Teacher Training in the ‘Pre-programme checks’ section, available from the homepage.

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

Ambition will pay for your DBS check.

All entrants to the teaching profession as a ‘regulated activity’ must, by law, undergo an Enhanced DBS to ensure their suitability to work with children.

DBS checks will be completed from June onwards as they must be carried out as close to the start of the programme as possible.

You will receive an email from First Advantage (Know Your People), Ambition Institute’s DBS checking service in relation to your DBS, please follow the instructions in the email to complete your DBS check as quickly as possible.

IMPORTANT - Even if you have a current DBS, a new one will be carried out for our Teacher Training programme. A DBS is non-transferable and so a new one is needed for every placement, training programme, or job/role.

Overseas criminal records check

If you have spent 90+ consecutive days in any country other than the UK since the age of 18 you will need to provide an overseas check for each country you have lived in, in addition to your DBS check. You will need to upload a copy of your overseas police clearance, also known as a 'Criminal Clearance Certificate' or a 'Certificate of good conduct'.

For more information on how to apply for your overseas check please review the guidance here.

Where to do this: My Teacher Training in the ‘Pre-programme checks’ section, available from the homepage.

Occupational health

Occupational Health assessments are the way that providers of Teacher Training ensure that trainees possess the health and physical capacity to train to teach and perform their duties without putting children and young people at risk. This is a standard process for all entrants to the profession to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of both teachers and pupils.

The results of the assessment will determine whether any reasonable adjustment(s) are required to support you in completing the training programme. To give your Teacher Training provider the best chance to support your needs, you must respond accurately, honestly, and promptly to this process.

Occupational Health Assessments will begin in June.

You will receive an email from Corazon Health, the checking service used by The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT), Ambition Institute’s nominated Occupational Health Provider, inviting you to complete your Occupational Health assessment. Please do this as soon as you receive the email to complete your Occupational Health assessment as quickly as possible.

Work history

You need to let us know about your previous work history for two reasons:

1) For us to review your previous employment experience and ask for further information or details where needed

2) To confirm any gaps in employment to ensure we’re compliant with Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023

If you haven’t already done so, complete your work history by inputting details of each job you’ve held since the age of 18, this should include both part-time and full-time work.

Once you complete this, you will need to tick the box to confirm the information is correct and press save. If you don’t have any previous work history you won’t need to enter any information, but you will still need to tick the box to confirm this.

Completing your work history is compulsory, if you’d also like to upload your CV you can do this in the upload file section.

Where to do this: My Teacher Training in the ‘Pre-programme checks’ section, available from the homepage.

Online tests

Online tests for Literacy and Numeracy are mandatory for every applicant to complete before they start the programme. If you have been offered a place for a Secondary school subject, you’ll also need to complete a subject-specific online test.

The online tests are designed by Ambition to gauge your level of understanding of Literacy, Numeracy, and the subject you want to train in, if applicable, and used by your chosen partner to provide any extra support or training needed to set you up for success in your teacher training year.

If you haven’t already done so, please complete the following online tests as soon as possible:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • The subject you are applying to teach (if applicable)

Where to do this: My Teacher Training in the ‘Online tests’ section, available from the homepage.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

A SKE is a course you take before you start your teacher training, to help you improve your subject knowledge and learn the fundamental building blocks of each topic in preparation for teaching.

Your partner may have specified you need to complete a SKE as a condition of your offer, you can find out all the information you need to register and complete your SKE below.

Courses are often online, and lengths usually range from 8-28 weeks and are 25 hours per week. You may be eligible to receive a bursary to help you while you study. More information can be found here on courses available, how to apply, and any bursary you may be eligible for.

How to apply for your Secondary subject SKE

> Step one

To select a SKE provider, please use the national course directory of SKE providers here, pick the one that works best for you.

>Step two:

Register for the course as directed by your chosen SKE provider. Please follow the link on the right-hand side of this tab to show you all the details you need for your SKE application.

>Step three:

Log in to MyTeacherTraining and go to your offer tracking page. Tick the ‘SKE tracking’ box and add your SKE provider name

>Step four:

Start your course and be sure to keep on top of your studies as per the timelines set by your SKE provider.

>Step five:

Once you have completed the SKE course in full, upload a copy of your SKE certificate of completion onto My Teacher Training.

Where to do this: My Teacher Training in the ‘Pre-programme checks’ section, available from the homepage.

How to apply for your primary SKE

The Primary SKE content has been designed by Ambition for you to work through independently to help you feel confident in Primary English and Maths before you start your teacher training.

>Step one: Follow this link to access your Primary SKE materials. Be sure to check out the ‘An introduction to primary subject knowledge enhancement’ guidance document before you begin.

>Step two: You’ll find two folders, one for Primary Maths and one for Primary English. Your partner may have signposted you to one in particular, but feel free to complete both should you wish to do so.

In each folder, there are videos to watch and a workbook for you to complete.

>Step three: Once you’ve completed all of the material, let your chosen partner know you have completed the course, because you won’t receive a certificate to upload for the Primary SKE.

References

References are an important part of any check when taking on a new role, especially when you will be working in a school environment. They are used to confirm your previous work experience, and importantly, that there is no reason that you couldn’t or shouldn’t work with children (Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023).

You need to give the email address of at least two people, but you can provide up to five people who can give a reference for you.
You should include:

  • An academic tutor if you graduated in the past five years or are still studying
  • The headteacher if you’ve been working in a school

To add in your references, you can go to: MyTeacherTraining in the ‘Reference’ section, available from the homepage. You need to click on the ‘Add new referee’ button and a new window will open where you can enter the details of your referee.
You will need to complete the following fields:

  • Referee full name
  • Referee type i.e. Academic/professional/school experience/character
  • Referee email address
  • How you know the referee

Once you have completed all of the fields you can press save.

Once you have added at least two referees the ‘Submit reference requests’ button at the top of the screen becomes active. Once you press this an email will be sent to each referee asking them to complete a reference for you.

If you applied via the DfE and entered details for your references on your DfE application you do not need to submit them again.

Where to do this: My Teacher Training in the ‘Reference’ section, available from the homepage.

Student finance

Here you'll find all the information you need to be able to:

  • Apply for student finance
  • Find out if you're eligible for any cost of living loans
  • Find out about bursaries (subject dependent)
  • See if you're able to apply for a scholarship (subject dependent).

Student finance application guidance

The tuition fees for your Teacher Training programme are £9,250 for full-time and £12,500 for part-time. For the schedule of payments please refer to your trainee contract.

You may be eligible to apply for student finance to cover your course tuition fees and you can do this here. When completing your application, you must enter the specific information outlined below, this will ensure that the correct course code is entered, and your loan amount is not capped.

Question on application = Where do you plan to study?
Subheading on application = University or college
Answer: Ambition Teacher Training

Question on application = What course will you study at Ambition?
Subheading on application = Course title or UCAS course code
Answer with your chosen Partner name *example shown*: Advance Teacher Training - this will then bring up a drop-down list of course codes and you need to select your subject and whether your offer is for an unsalaried or salaried place.

Question on application = Where will you spend the most time during the academic year?
Answer: University or college
Important Select this answer for all three terms.

The Student Loan Company will keep you updated about the progress of your application and if you have any questions about your application you can contact them here.

Other financial support
If you would like to see if you are eligible for any additional living cost loans you can use the student finance calculator here.

Bursaries

If you are training to teach in one of the following subjects, you may be eligible for a bursary:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • English
  • Geography
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Maths
  • Physics

If you are eligible for a bursary (check here), you will be paid automatically, you do not need to apply for it. but you do need to register with the Student Loan Company to receive it.

Follow the steps below:
Step 1) The bursary payment will be paid to you via the Student Loan Company, you must register with them in order to receive a bursary payment. To do this you need to apply for a maintenance loan here and enter the amount you want to apply for as £0.

Step 2)You will then be asked to enter the bank details of the account you wish your bursary to be paid into. The first bursary payment will be paid when the programme starts in September, the bursary is paid in 10 instalments across your training year.

If you are an international trainee we will be in touch soon about how you will receive your bursary as you are unable to receive this through the Student Loan Company.

Scholarships

If you are training to teach in one of the following subjects you may be able to apply for a scholarship:

  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Maths
  • Physics

You have to apply for a scholarship and you can find out eligibility criteria and how to apply here.

Please note you cannot receive both a bursary and a scholarship payment.

If you’re successful in obtaining a scholarship, you will need to let us know if you want to receive the scholarship or the bursary payment and the value of the funding. You can do this by emailing us at [email protected]