Application System for Initial Teacher Training

Department for Education written statement – made on 15th October 2020.

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Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, published in January 2019, committed to a range of measures to help great people become teachers. One such measure is the introduction of a new application system for initial teacher training in England. This system will be easier to use and designed to better meet the needs of potential trainees. The new service will also support universities and schools delivering teacher training in making accurate decisions on whether their applicants are right for their courses.

During the October 2019 admissions cycle, this digital service was piloted by a number of School Centred Initial Teacher Training providers and schools across England, and has been designed and improved based on feedback from candidates, universities and schools delivering teacher training.

I confirm that from October 2020 the pilot will be extended to selected universities that deliver initial teacher training courses in England.

The new service will fully replace the existing UCAS Teacher Training service for postgraduate applications in England from the October 2021 admissions cycle.