Education Secretary Nicky Morgan today announced the University of Brighton has been chosen to lead the expansion of the programme, which will be delivered in partnership with selected higher education institutions and schools across the country.
Troops to Teachers allows eligible service leavers without degrees, but who have gained qualifications or experiences in the services – for example, teaching, instructing, mentoring and coaching – to enrol on a salaried two-year, school-based initial teacher training programme. Trainees will receive benefits including bespoke training and mentor support, and will gain a degree and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion of the programme.
The expansion of the scheme follows feedback from headteachers on the positive impact trainees from the first two cohorts are already having in their schools.
Troops to Teachers is one of a range school-based routes into teaching intended to make it easier for career changers to enter the profession, bringing with them the personal skills and experiences gained through their previous careers, including in the services.
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said: "As part of our plan for education we need excellent teachers in every classroom to prepare children for life in modern Britain.
"Service leavers have a wealth of skills and experiences that have been proven to be transferable to the classroom, including leadership, teamwork, resilience and the ability to inspire and engage.
"The programme has already received excellent feedback from headteachers and is providing a unique route for talented service leavers to get into teaching.”