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Considering teacher training in 2020? It’s not too late to apply

Coronavirus has resulted in some changes to the application process and experience requirements, but there are still places available and the UCAS Teacher Training application system is open.

There’s still time to apply for a teacher training course this year – you have until 7 September to get your initial application in. Coronavirus has resulted in some changes to the application process and experience requirements, but rest assured applications are still open. From 1 July, providers will need to give you a decision about your initial teacher training application within 20 days (until 1 July, they have 40 days).

Find out which providers still have places available in England using the GOV.UK postgraduate teacher training course search.

Work experience and supporting documents changes

Teacher training providers like candidates to have some structured work experience with children of the age they want to teach. Although this experience is still valued, it will have been impossible to gain it over the last few months due to coronavirus, and t’s not essential to have competed it prior to your interview. Make sure you are ready to demonstrate the skills gained during other work experience, however, whether through a part-time job or volunteering. If you’re unsure about how to sell your experience, read our series of skills and competencies articles.

You don’t need to send any supporting documents (such as degree and GCSE certificates) by post – you can scan them and send them electronically. If coronavirus has delayed any documentation, providers will allow you to start your course without it – you’ll have to submit it by 30 November though.

Perfect your three virtual interview Ps

Because of social distancing, face to face interviews are not currently taking place. Instead, interviews are being conducted virtually, via communications apps such as Skype/Zoom etc. Whether you’re face to face or online, however, the three Ps are key: practise, prepare and be professional. If doing an interview onscreen makes you nervous, we’ve got further remote interview advice for you.

Train to Teach online events

It is obviously impossible for Train to Teach events to take place in person at the moment. These are now running online as Q&A sessions and are a great source of information about the different kinds of teaching courses available.

Funding your course

Funding is still available if you are eligible for it. For the most up to date information, go to the Funding My Training section of the Department for Education’s website.