Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship

In September 2018, Tes Institute will be launching a Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship programme, a new nationally recognised route into teaching that leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Available in both Primary and Secondary teaching phases, the programme will take four school terms (typically 12-15 months) to complete and will involve teaching in at least two schools, before you are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.

We will be working with a number of school partnerships to deliver the teaching apprenticeship. Currently two school partnerships in Essex will be offering the teaching apprenticeship, with more schools and locations expected to be announced later this year.

How does the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship work?

Taking four school terms to complete, the teaching apprenticeship programme will use a unique blend of online learning and in-school development. Whilst you will spend the majority of time in a school training alongside experienced teachers, you will also have the equivalent of one day per week to use our interactive, online learning platform to improve your teaching knowledge and pedagogy skills.

You will be assessed during the third term of the programme and if successful, awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). During the first term of being a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) you will also complete an end-point assessment to consolidate your learning from initial teacher training.

There are no fees to be paid by the learner for the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship and you are able to earn while you learn, as the school will pay you a salary.

How will you be assessed?

Your assessment will form two parts. The first will be completed during the third term of your apprenticeship and if successful, will lead to you being awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Your QTS assessment will be the same as other initial teacher training routes, where you are assessed against the Teachers’ Standards.

The second part of assessment will occur during the first term of your NQT year to complete your apprenticeship. This end-point assessment is designed to consolidate your learning from your initial teacher training and will be carried out by someone independent to your apprenticeship. It will consist of a lesson observation and a “professional discussion” that will occur with the assessor, your training provider and school to assess your knowledge, skills and behaviour management.

Entry criteria

In order to be eligible for the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship, you must have achieved the following minimum requirements before you can apply:

  1. Have an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider or equivalent qualification verified by UK NARIC.
  2. Achieved a minimum of a grade C/4 or equivalent in GCSE English and mathematics. If you intend to train to teach primary pupils aged five to 11, you should also have a minimum of grade C/4 in GCSE science.
  3. Taken and passed the professional skills tests in both numeracy and literacy before you begin your apprenticeship.
  4. Possess the appropriate qualities, attitudes and values expected of a teacher
  5. Have the ability to demonstrate English language proficiency (reading, writing and speaking)
  6. Passed the Professional Skills Tests by the time you enrol on a programme
  7. Must have undertaken the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks and/or any other appropriate background checks (and such checks must not identify them as being unsuited to working with children)
  8. Meet the Secretary of State’s requirements for health and physical capacity to teach

The first apprenticeship programme will start during 2018/19, please contact one of our partner schools for more details.

Programme fees and funding

There is no fee for the learner and you will be employed directly by a school, who will pay you a salary during the programme.

School partnership locations

In September 2018, we will be working with a number of school partnerships to provide the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship. If you are interested in finding out more about a teaching apprenticeship please contact one of the following schools.


West Essex Teaching School Alliance


Area: Essex


Thurrock Teaching School Alliance


Area: Essex


We expect more school partnerships to offer the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship with Tes Institute as the year unfolds, so keep an eye on this page for further schools and locations.

Teaching Apprenticeship End Point Assessment

From September 2018, accredited teacher training providers in England will be able to offer the new Teaching Apprenticeship for suitably qualified graduates.

As an accredited provider, Tes Institute will be offering End Point Assessment to SCITTs, School Direct Partnerships and Universities who intend to offer the Teaching Apprenticeship. With over 200 highly experienced QTS assessors already delivering assessment throughout England, Tes Institute is able to offer End Points Assessment across all subjects and in all parts of the country.

For more information on the End Point Assessment or to discuss how Tes Institute can work with you and your school to deliver the new Teaching Apprenticeship and End Point Assessment call us on +44 (0) 203 194 3200 or email

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy

Tes Institute acknowledges the duty of care to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and is committed to ensuring safeguarding practice reflects statutory responsibilities, government guidance and complies with best practice and DfE requirements.

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Disability statement

Tes Institute is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and seeks to ensure that those with disabilities have access as far as reasonably possible to all Tes Institute student provision. This commitment means that Tes Institute will take all reasonable steps to meet both the general and specific individual need for access to that provision.

Tes Institute’s Disability and Inclusion Policy will be reviewed as a minimum annually or more frequently when there are changes in legislation and/or government guidance.

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Approved: 17 March 2017. Fiona Longmore, Director for Governance & Regulation, TES Institute