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Graduate Teacher Programme
  Are you...
  • a native speaker of French, German or Spanish?
  • an effective communicator?
  • able to relate well to young people?
  • enthusiastic?
  • reliable?
  • adaptable?

Are you interested in teaching your language in England?

The British Council and CILT (www.cilt.org.uk), in collaboration with European partners, are for the sixth year recruiting graduates from other European countries to teach in schools in England on the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP).

This is an employment-based route where 'on the job' training is combined with professional duties in the school. If you a graduate and have the maturity and relevant experience to cope with an important teaching load at the same time as training, this programme could be for you.

The CILT/British Council GTP scheme lasts one year and is for native speakers from France, Austria, Germany and Spain. If you are successful you will be matched to a suitable school where you will work alongside an experienced mentor. Your training will be co-ordinated by CILT and leads to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion. This will enable you to work as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) in a secondary school in England. During your training year you will receive a salary of approximately £13,500 before tax.

If you think you have the experience and stamina to take the GTP route and wish to apply for the CILT/British Council Scheme download an application form now.

If you are interested in the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) course which leads to the same award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) please contact the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (www.gttr.ac.uk) directly for an application form.

The Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)

GTP trainees will be selected by their training school where they will teach four days per week. The fifth day will be set aside for training activities.

Working hours in schools are from approximately 8.30 am to 4pm, with an average of at least one hour for after-school meetings per week. These hours do not include time for lesson preparation and marking, or for studying associated with the training programme.

Trainees will be paid a training salary of approximately £13,500 before tax.

PGCE students spend 12 weeks at a university or other higher education institution and 24 weeks on teaching placements in two different schools.

PGCE students from the European Union will be eligible for a training grant of £6,000 plus a subject shortage allowance of £4,000 on commencing employment.

For more information on other routes into teaching visit www.useyourheadteach.gov.uk .

Requirements for the CILT/British Council GTP Scheme

  • You must be a native speaker of German, French or Spanish.
  • You must be a European Union resident. Proof of nationality/right of residency will be requested. The British Council is unable to intervene in any issues relating to visa or work permit applications on behalf of successfully placed trainees.
  • You must possess an excellent command of spoken and written English.
  • You must have the equivalent of maths and English GCSE grade C or above. (Candidates who do not meet this requirement may be permitted to sit an equivalent test prior to the second stage of selection.)
  • If selected, you will be required to provide a medical certificate and an extrait de casier judiciare, a polizeiliches Führungszeugnis, Strafregisterbescheinigung or certificado de penales as appropriate.
  • Many language teachers in England are required to teach a second foreign language (usually Spanish, German or French). It is therefore an advantage if candidates can offer a second language at basic, intermediate or advanced level.
BMBWK logo Applicants from Austria:
You must hold a Magister or Doktor in either German, English, French or Spanish but you should not yet have completed your Unterrichtspraktikum. For further information please contact: nikolaus.douda@bmbwk.gv.at

French logo Applicants from France:
You must hold a Maîtrise in either French as a Foreign Language, English, German or Spanish or be due to complete such a Maîtrise by September 2004. Applicants who will not have completed a Maîtrise by that date may be considered if they can demonstrate other relevant experience. For further information please contact:

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Applicants from Germany:
You must hold a Magister/Diplom or the Erstes Staatsexamen which includes either German as a Foreign Language, English, French or Spanish. For further information please contact: teacherservice@london.goethe.org

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Applicants from Spain:
You must hold a licenciatura but you should not yet have completed your Certificado de Aptitúd Pedagógica (CAP).

If you have already completed the CAP, please refer to Frequently Asked Questions (Q13).

For further information please contact jdeltejo.uk@correo.mec.es

British Council logo Graduates from other countries:
For further information please contact: teachers.programmes@britishcouncil.org

Application Process
Deadline for receipt of applications and references 31March 2004
1st round of interviews
(Dates and locations are provisional)
27 and 28 April 2004 (Paris)
4, 6 and 7 May 2004 (London)
2nd round of interviews for GTP candidates
(Non or partial attendance may jeopardise the success of your application)
7-12 June 2004 (London)
Familiarisation Course for successful GTP candidates 5 - 16 July 2004 (London)

This is the beginning of the training programme and will involve preparation visits to training schools, seminars/workshops on communicative language teaching, the National Curriculum, classroom practice, differentiation, special educational needs, behavioural management, lesson planning, culture and relationships in the English school.

To be considered for the scheme you must be available for the first and second round of interviews and the familiarisation course, a 2-week residential course in England. Full attendance is compulsory for all those selected for the Graduate Teacher Programme.

Application forms for the Graduate Teacher Programme are available here.

If you are already a qualified teacher from the EU, please contact the General Teaching Council for formal recognition of your qualification (www.gtce.org.uk). You will be eligible to apply for a qualified teacher's post at schools in England. Vacant posts are usually advertised in the Times Educational Supplement (www.tes.co.uk). If you are a qualified teacher from a non-EU country, you may be interested in the Overseas Trained Teacher Programme. Contact the Teacher Training Agency (www.useyourheadteach.gov.uk ) for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions about the CILT/British Council Graduate Teacher Programme.

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