Application Criteria

Applications are open to researchers who have already completed their doctorate, or will have done so by Monday 14th August 2017. Furthermore, candidates must also have a grade C (or equivalent) in GCSE English and Maths and be eligible to work in the UK full-time from 1st September 2017 and for the duration of the programme.

We have availability in the following subjects:

  • Mathematics*
  • Science (Physics Specialism)*

We have paused applications for the following subjects:

  • Science (Chemistry and Biology specialisms)
  • Humanities (English, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages and Religious Education)
  • Computing


* Trainees in shortage subjects are eligible for a salary enhancement package through the government-supported ‘Salary Uplift Programme’, with a desirable salary and benefits package. For participants across all subjects, the package is amongst the most competitive for training to teach, and the only route designed to make the most of the skills of PhD researchers. 

Salary Information

All participants receive a competitive salary whilst on the programme, including being paid to train in the first year.

Depending on subject and placement school location, participants can earn up to £33,900 in year one, rising to up to £38,500 in year two. Please note that you will be employed by your placement school and will be expected to stay in that school for the duration of their time on the programme.

Information on which areas sit within inner, outer and London fringe can be viewed here.


International students

If you are an international student (either EU or non-EU), you will need to obtain a statement of comparability should you not hold GCSEs. This can be obtained through UK NARIC.

We invite international candidates to submit an application but be aware that it will be the placement school who provides visa sponsorship and some of our partners aren’t able to support this process. If you require visa sponsorship, this will need to be discussed when you attend the assessment centre, should your application be successful.

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