Last reviewed 6 April 2020

A simplified application process for potential teachers is being tested in South West England.

Launched by the Department for Education (DfE), the Apply for Teacher Training service aims to make the application process simpler, more straightforward and intuitive for those wishing to take up a career in teaching.

Intended to replace the existing UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) system from October 2021, Apply is to be rolled out across England once the pilot phase is completed.

Initially focused primarily on the School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) community, the new service will be opened to universities providing teacher training from October 2020.

Described as being easier to use for both candidates and training providers, the Apply service will, the DfE explains, ensure that universities and schools can make the best decisions on matching applicants with teacher training courses.

We are removing the barriers that can deter some people who could be excellent teachers from applying,” School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said.

A commitment to introduce a new application system for initial postgraduate teacher training was included in the Government’s Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, published in January 2019.

The DfE has confirmed that the new Apply service is fully integrated with Find Postgraduate Teacher Training and will be easier to use for both candidates and training providers.

Commenting for the National Association of School-Based Teacher Trainers (NASBTT), Executive Director Emma Hollis expressed support for the DfE’s work in simplifying and modernising the service.

Noting that some SCITTs are already receiving applications through Apply for Teacher Training, Ms Hollis said that members were looking forward “to continuing to work closely with the Department for Education to support this important work”.

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