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NCTL launch School Direct for early years initial teacher training

The tender for School Direct (early years) initial teacher training launched November 2014 for 2015 recruitment.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


The tender process for 2015 recruitment is now closed.

Successful completion of early years initial teacher training will lead to the award of early years teacher status. Early years teacher status is the equivalent to qualified teacher status as the entry requirements to early years teacher training are the same as for primary teacher training.

Early years teachers specialise in early childhood development and are trained to teach across the early years foundation stage (from birth to 5 years old). They must also understand how early education links to education beyond age 5 and into key stages 1 and 2 in school.

School Direct (Early Years) creates more employer-led training, giving employers (schools and nurseries) the opportunity to recruit and select their own early years teacher trainees and engage in the design and delivery of early years ITT in partnership with accredited training providers.

The programme enables schools and nurseries to:

  • influence how early years teachers are trained
  • recruit the trainees that best meet their and their partnership’s needs, with the expectation that trainees will go on to work with the group of schools and nurseries where they trained
  • decide which accredited training provider to work with and influence the way in which the training is delivered

This method of training is fully funded by National College for Teaching and Leadership and course fees of £7,000 are paid for all trainees. Bursaries are also available: £9,000 for graduates with a first class degree and £4,000 for graduates with a 2:1.

Published 31 October 2014
Last updated 1 December 2014 + show all updates
  1. Tender opportunity for 2015 recruitment has closed.
  2. First published.