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October 2023

  • Our guide to acronyms in education

    Published 26/10/23

    Anyone who works in education will know there are a lot of acronyms to get to grips with. If you’re just starting out in your career, they might get a little confusing.

    We’ve put together a handy guide which defines all the different acronyms you may hear. 

    AB - Appropriate Body

    An AB is any educational organisation which monitors and quality-assures the two-year induction every teacher must undergo. All early career teachers must be registered with an appropriate body before they begin their induction. 

    CPD - Continuous Professional Development

    CPD refers to any task someone undergoes to develop their skills and knowledge. It is essential for improving pupil outcomes and ensuring teachers can progress towards higher roles during their careers. 

    ECF - Early Career Framework

    The ECF is a government-funded initiative which entitles early career teachers to access high-quality professional development and training. The initiative was created to improve teacher support and retention.

    ECT - Early Career Teacher

    Previously known as newly qualified teachers (NQT), early career teachers refer to anyone in their first two years of teaching. During this two year period, ECTs receive support via the ECF to prepare them for their future careers. 

    ITT - Initial Teacher Training

    ITT is a requirement for becoming a qualified teacher in the UK. Once a teacher has completed this initial teacher training, they will earn qualified teacher status (QTS). 

    NPQ - National Professional Qualification

    An NPQ is a qualification available to teachers and educational leaders to improve their knowledge, support progression to higher roles and help schools achieve better outcomes. 

    MAT - Multi-Academy Trust

    MATs are not-for-profit companies which look after multiple academies by supporting staff, facilities and administration duties. 

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

    A PGCE is a qualification completed after graduating from university which will help someone achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). These qualifications are usually achieved through a combination of academic work and a placement in a school. 

    QTS - Qualified Teacher Status

    QTS is a legal requirement to teach in maintained primary, secondary and special schools in the UK. Most courses, such as PGCEs or teacher training courses, will lead to achieving this status but some do not. 

    SEND - Special Educational Needs and Disability

    SEND refers to any condition a pupil may have which affects their ability to learn. SEN support can be given to pupils with SEND to make sure they can achieve the same as their peers during their time at school. 

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  • How can you get into teaching?

    Published 10/10/23

    Teaching is a hugely rewarding career choice. We’ve explored the avenues you can take towards a career in teaching. If you’re interested in working in education, it can be difficult to know where to start. 

    Inspiring Future Teachers (IFT) is a new postgraduate programme for aspiring teachers. It offers all the benefits of being part of a large national programme, offering locally-delivered school based training in either a primary or secondary school. In this blog post, we’ll explore what IFT is and how you can apply. 

    What is Inspiring Future Teachers (IFT)?

    Inspiring Future Teachers is a national provider of school-centred initial teacher training. It offers a one-year postgraduate route to achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), which is an essential accreditation you’ll need to work as a teacher in the UK. 

    IFT is a great option for building your experience as a teacher from day one. By combining practical experience with evidence-based training, IFT gives aspiring teachers the strongest start possible. 

    Why choose IFT?

    There are lots of key benefits for those who chose IFT as their post-graduate route, including:

    • Covers a wide range of regions - take a look at our list of hubs to see what’s available near you.

    • The opportunity to network with other aspiring teachers - you and your fellow trainees will come together as a cohort on a weekly basis.

    • Intensive and varied training - you’ll learn through a variety of placements, discussions, research projects and live practice. 

    Who is it for?

    IFT is a postgraduate route, meaning you’ll need to have a degree to enrol on the programme. If you’re still studying when you make your application, you’ll need to provide a grade prediction from your course tutor. Find out more about specific entry requirements here.

    You can start the IFT programme no matter which background you come from. Whether you’re undergoing a career change or have just left university, the IFT programme is suitable for anyone with a passion for education.

    How do I apply?

    Visit the Inspiring Future Teachers’ website here for more information about the regions it covers, FAQs and how to apply. 

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