Secondary School Programmes

GTP Opportunities 2015/16

A maximum of 30 places for maintained secondary schools, subject to the limitation on use of places described below. (These can be standard one-year places or shorter ones depending on the trainees past experience and qualifications). Within the overall places on the GTP available in the 2015/16 academic year the following limitations must be observed:-

  • 12 salary and training grant places (4 per centre) for maintained secondary schools to support new teachers training in the designated priority subjects only (mathematics, physics, chemistry, modern foreign languages, ICT/Computer Science and Welsh), with a salary grant contribution of up to £14,500 (payable to the school via the ITT centre to support the costs of the GTP trainees salary) and with a training grant of up to £4,500 toward training costs (payable to the ITT Centre as the employment-based ITT provider - to support the training). Chemistry and physics can be linked to wider science content in applications, but must be the main component;
  • 18 unfunded places for
    1. overseas trained teachers with teaching qualifications, but not QTS, and who have been employed at a maintained school for at least a year.
    2. teachers who have obtained a FE teaching qualification but not QTS, and who have been employed at a maintained school for at least a year
    3. applicants wishing to train to teach a vocational subject in the delivery of the 14 -19 local curriculum in maintained schools where an urgent need for a qualified teacher has been identified to help support this teaching in subject areas which are not covered in mainstream ITT. Vocational subjects are those defined as such by the Database of Qualifications Wales. These places may also be utilised for secondary subjects which are not currently available through QTS-bearing ITT courses at accredited institutions. (2 places per Centre)


training grants will not be available for places in the funded categories above and the training provider will need to recover all costs directly from the school. A limited number (maximum of 2 per centre) of the unfunded places in categories (ii) and (iii) above could be utilised for independent schools wishing to support a teacher to train in the designated priority subjects only (mathematics, physics, chemistry, modern foreign languages, ICT/Computer Science and Welsh).

General advice for Secondary applicants

The ITT Centres, a partnership of employment-based ITT providers will manage the application process and be free to decide which cases to support, including the setting of deadlines for receipt of applications.

It is recommended that potential trainees read the whole of the
How the GTP operates in Wales - Roles and Responsibilities section before approaching a school. Also read the GTP Policy and Priorities Statement 2015 and the Employment-based Teacher Training Scheme 2015 (2015 No.1) which sets out the statutory entry requirements for the GTP.

Details about how to apply under the GTP will be available from ITT Centres.

Schools are requested to only approach one ITT centre, which could be either their local provider or the one with which they have the strongest links.
To ensure a more even allocation of GTP places throughout Wales, the maximum number of applications any one school will be able to submit to an ITT Centre will be limited to two.

ITT providers will be free to disqualify any multiple applications. Please note that applications cannot be made direct to the Welsh Government.

As there may be strong local demand for places, schools are required to contact the ITT Centre in the first instance to establish if the employment-based ITT provider considers that an application would in their opinion meet the standards required for a good GTP place and is one which they would be able to consider for support.

ITT Centres are free to decide which cases to support. Once their quota of applications within each category have been filled they can refuse to accept any further ones.
The ITT Centre will inform schools and trainees where it is prepared to support a particular application as soon as is practicable after the application process has closed. After successful schools have been informed of the outcome the ITT Centre will finalise the detailed training plan in conjunction with the school.

Funding and costs

A salary grant of up to £14,500 has been announced by the Welsh Government as part of it’s Priority and Procedures Statement 2015 to support the secondary priority subject places. Successful secondary schools will receive the salary grant via the ITT Centres.

Training grant of up to £4,500 will be paid by the Welsh Government to the ITT Centres to meet their costs and support the training. The use of these funds is at the discretion of the ITT Centre but must be used to support all aspects of the training.
Schools participating in the Secondary school priority subject programmes and primary programmes will not have to pay the costs of QTS assessments.

Secondary Schools seeking GTP programmes for trainees in the Overseas Trained/FE trained/vocational categories will have to make payments to the ITT Centre for their costs in managing the programme and carrying out the QTS assessments. The levels of these charges are not set by the Welsh Government and will be a matter for individual negotiation between the ITT Centre and the school.

Applications and enquiries should be made by email to one of the ITT Centres via the following contact points:- 

ITT Contact for the Graduate Teacher Programme Email
North West Wales Centre of Teacher Education
Janet Thomas
South West Wales Centre of Teacher Education
Suzie Pugh
South East Wales Centre of Teacher Education
Sionedd Dafydd

Entry Qualifications

Every secondary trainee undertaking employment-based teacher training must have a specialist subject. That subject should be closely linked to the degree subject.

As a general rule we would expect at least 50% of an applicant’s degree to have been in their specialist subject. If you need to contact the ITT Centre for advice on the suitability of your degree it would help if you first prepare a list of the modules that you took to obtain your degree.
To assess the suitability of your degree you should also ask yourself “Does my degree, and/or any other qualifications/training experience I can evidence, give me a solid foundation to teach my specialist subject at A level?”

If at least 50% of the modules that comprise your degree are not in your specialist secondary subject please contact the ITT Centre to discuss whether you meet the minimum criteria for entry to a GTP programme.

The specialist subject should be the predominant or, preferably, the only subject that the trainee teaches during his/her training. He/she will need to teach his/her specialist subject across one of these age ranges: 11-16, 11-18 or 14-19.

All entrants to employment-based initial teacher training must meet a minimum standard of educational attainment.

Candidates for a secondary GTP will need to;
  • hold a first degree, or a qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • have attained in English and mathematics the standard required to obtain GCSE (or equivalent) Grade B or higher;

A GTP applicant’s first degree qualification must be worth as a minimum 300 CATS (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points. This could be in the form of an ordinary/pass degree which is normally worth 300 points. An honours degree is normally worth 360 CATS points. An HND or foundation degree is usually worth around 240 points and the applicant would need to undertake further study worth 60 CATS points at HE level 3 to reach the minimum entry requirement for the GTP. If you are in any doubt as to the value of your qualification please ask the awarding body to give you a written statement of its equivalent value in CATS points.

For further guidance on the minimum degree requirements see also page 135 of the Circular "
Becoming a Qualified Teacher: Handbook of Guidance Circular 17/2009 issued September 2009".

Further Information

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

In determining whether a GTP application from a Special Needs School can be considered the ITT Centre must be satisfied that the school is delivering the full national curriculum across the two learner stages applicable to the phase of study the trainee would be teaching. The applicant and supporting school would be required to meet all other entry requirements including attendance at university-led training and undertaking some training in a second mainstream placement school. Whether to support an application is entirely at the discretion of the ITT Centre.

Pupil Referral Units. Training in a pupil referral unit cannot form part of an approved programme.

Further Education Institutions Training in a further education institution cannot currently form part of an approved programme.

Part time training A part-time trainee may train over a longer period. In considering the training plan the ITT Centre will ensure:

  1. that the trainee will be given opportunities to become as fully involved as a full-time trainee in all aspects of the work of the school; and
  2. that the trainee will be able to gain as much classroom experience and other training as an equivalent full-timer

but it is unlikely that those working less than 60 per cent of the school week, whatever their previous experience of teaching, could achieve QTS in the same period as those working full-time.



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