Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship

Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship


  • The entry requirements for the postgraduate teaching apprenticeship (PGTA) are the same as all existing graduate teacher-training programmes. As with all ITT trainees, apprentices are expected to have a minimum of 120 days teaching, and must also have a second school placement.
  • Apprenticeship training must be delivered by an accredited ITT provider on the Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers (RoATP). There are now 119 accredited ITT providers on RoATP.
  • All apprenticeships must operate for a minimum of 12 months, and an end point assessment (EPA) must be completed. For the postgraduate teaching apprenticeship the EPA consists of a lesson observation and a professional discussion, and takes place after the apprentice has achieved qualified teacher status (QTS). Apprentices can complete their EPA a day after their 12 months of training.
  • Apprentices must carry out a minimum of 20% ‘off-the-job’ training, which is defined as learning which is undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment. This can include training that is delivered at the apprentice’s normal place of work but must not be delivered as part of their normal working duties.


  • Supports the apprentice throughout their training and development
  • Conducts reviews to monitor progress
  • Facilitates the end-point assessment (i.e provides venue and resources)
  • Supports the assessor during the professional discussion
Training Provider
  • Provides ongoing education and training for the apprentice
  • Carries out regular reviews with the apprentice and the employer
  • Advises the employer when the apprentice is ready for the EPA
  • Supports the assessor during the professional discussion
  • Assesses the lesson observation
  • Assesses the professional discussion
  • Determines the final apprenticeship grade


Employers can negotiate the best price for the training they require

funds and government funding can be used for funds and government funding can not be used for
✓ apprenticeship training and assessment
✓ against an approved framework or standard
✓ with an approved training provider and assessment organisation
✓ up to the funding band maximum for that apprenticeship
✗ wages
✗ travel and subsistence costs
✗ managerial costs
✗ traineeships
✗ work placement programmes
✗ the costs of setting up an apprenticeship programme
  • The maximum amount of funding available for the training and assessing of each apprentice is £9,000. If employers want to spend more than the funding band limit they can do so using their own budgets.
  • For the EPA, there isn’t a maximum cost in place although we wouldn’t expect the EPA to be more than 20%. The ESFA carry out stringent checks and assurances to ensure that providers and assessors are not overcharging employers for the delivery of training and assessments.

Grant Funding

Grant funding is also available to schools in School Direct Partnerships. Schools must join a School Direct Partnership in order to receive grant funding.

  • Schools that are not currently in a partnership can join an existing one or set up their own in order to receive grant funding. Schools can choose to forgo the additional grant funding and therefore do not need to be in a partnership. Schools that do not want grant funding, they do not need to request places, but can still list their places on UCAS by first notifying the Department’s allocations team.

Local Authorities and Requesting Places

  • Local authorities, are required to undertake formal procurements when entering into contracts with training providers. For schools where the local authority is the employer, the local authority will have control of their levy account. The school should contact the scheme owner about approved providers and follow the procurement process for providers before they request apprenticeship places.
  • Schools should only inform the DfE of the subjects and routes in which they plan to offer the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship for the 2019 to 2020 academic year once their ITT provider has been appointed. Schools are able to request apprenticeship places at any time in the year, once their local authority has appointed an accredited ITT provider on the RoATP.
  • Schools requesting apprenticeship places after the 4th June 2018 should email both and, confirming the name of your School Direct lead school, name of your approved provider and indicating subject and number of apprenticeship places you wish to offer.

Useful Information

School Direct Salaried is an existing teacher training route. It has been decided to allow PGTA and SDS to continue to operate in parallel for AY 18/19 and 19/20.

The RoATP is currently closed as the ESFA carry out a review. The register is expected to reopen in autumn.

  • For the next recruitment cycle, UCAS have confirmed that PGTA will appear as a separate option for applicants to apply.
  • An employer group is currently gathering evidence to see if there is demand for an undergraduate teaching apprenticeship route. Once they have gathered that evidence, they will need to submit a formal proposal to the Institute for Apprenticeships before development work can begin.