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By 2021, 2.3% of all staff across the public sector must be employed as apprentices to reach the government’s target of having delivered 3 million new public sector apprenticeships, as laid out in the Enterprise Act 2016. While schools may deliver a variety of apprenticeship opportunities across a range of professions within a school setting, the new postgraduate teaching apprenticeships will be a key way for schools to meet government targets, while tackling the ongoing teacher recruitment crisis.
To support these efforts, all employers with an annual payroll of over £3 million must now pay into the apprenticeship levy. Schools, whether through a local authority or an individual school or multi-academy trust (MAT), can then access funding from this levy to cover the cost of training apprentices. However, further funds must be found by the schools themselves to cover the cost of wages, and so schools must budget effectively for this new route into teaching. They must also provide adequate off-the-job training for apprentices for 20% of the programme which is distinctly different to usual classroom activities. After one year or three terms, an apprentice will become a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), gaining Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) during a fourth term after an end-point assessment that consolidates their learning.
The onus is now on all schools, academies and MATs to ensure they utilise the apprenticeship levy to deliver postgraduate teaching apprenticeships alongside other school-based teacher training routes, while ensuring they are prepared for the financial implications of this extended training offer that will enhance the teaching workforce. By effectively preparing to deliver apprenticeships, schools can make best use of the apprenticeship levy and work towards solving the recruitment crisis.
This one day forum will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss best practice methods for delivering high – quality teaching apprenticeships. Sector leaders will share updates around the implementation of the graduate teaching apprenticeships and ensuring these meet the requirements of the Teaching Standard as well as apprenticeship assessments. In addition, delegates will discuss how to make effective use of the apprenticeship levy with best practice case studies that are delivering outstanding training opportunities.
Key speakers include:
• Caroline Jones, Head of Routes into Teaching, Department for Education
• Emma Hollis, Executive Director, The National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers, NASBTT
• Sir Andrew Carter OBE, CEO, Surrey South Farnham SCITT and South Farnham Educational Trust and Chair, Trailblazer Group for Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeships and Claire Harnden, Deputy CEO, South Farnham Educational Trust.
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