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The Learning Institute

The Learning Institute

Teacher (Level 6)

The aim of this programme is to develop high quality, reflective teachers, who will have a positive impact on children and young people, developing supportive relationships with them and inspiring their love of learning.

Our school-based programmes lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Apprenticeship aims 

Through this programme apprentices can: 

  • Achieve the Teaching Standards, the standards for initial teacher education (ITE) 
  • Acquire relevant subject knowledge and appreciation of phase and subject distinctiveness 
  • Be aware of current and growing knowledge of how students learn and how to make use of this in their own teaching 
  • Engage in professional and critical reflection on their own practice and provision, within the context of their school's culture and ethos 
  • Become familiar with the organisation and management of effective schools
  • Access taught content delivered locally by employer selected expert practitioners, with access to central resources from The Learning Institute ITE programme.

Course delivery 

This apprenticeship is typically delivered over 12 months (excluding End Point Assessment).

Apprentices will engage in a concurrent 30-week Core Knowledge and Skills programme of directed tasks and reflections, as required following the initial and ongoing needs assessments, driven by the employer. 

In addition to this, apprentices will participate in subject and phase specific training sessions drawn from the ITE programme, in line with their Individual Learning Plan. Apprentices follow the Core Content Framework, engaging in reading and reflection or completing related tasks addressed during their off-the-job training.

Apprentices will undertake two placements, with the second taking place in a contrasting school and different key stage, where the apprentice can demonstrate their ability to meet the standards. Details of the second placement can be negotiated according to local circumstances.

Visiting tutors will observe apprentices and manage assessment, and a school-based mentor (SBM) with allocated time will observe the apprentice in practice, and provide support via a weekly meeting. Apprentices are observed teaching at least once a week using the Teaching Standards.

The Standard Lead from The Learning Institute will provide course design, core resources, tutor development, admissions and awards services, learner support services, and a quality assurance process. A Programme Lead will work collaboratively with The Learning Institute Standard Lead to manage all aspects of the programme.

Course content 

Apprentices will engage with a variety of relevant training sessions, with content provided by The Learning Institute to suit the general or specific needs of the apprentice. Topics covered can include:


  • English (phonics, speaking and listening, reading, writing and SPAG)
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • British Values
  • Diversity
  • Safeguarding and Prevent
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • PE


  • positive behaviour management
  • improving literacy across the curriculum
  • dyslexia and developmental cognitive disabilities
  • subject specific sessions according to apprentice’s specialism

Off-the-job training 

In accordance with Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) guidance, an apprentice must be given 20% of their paid working hours for off-the-job training.  

Off-the-job training is defined as training that takes place outside of the classroom. It can include training related to the knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs), as set out in the Apprenticeship Standard and Early Career Framework, that is delivered both within and outside of the school setting.

Apprentices are provided with a bespoke timetable of activities for off-the-job training.


Interim assessments: On a termly basis, each apprentice will benefit from formative assessments based against a list of criteria that align with the content taught in the programme thus far. These interim assessments will indicate whether the apprentice is deemed to be on track for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Apprentices not meeting the expectations will be provided with additional support. This would include a visit by the Standard Lead,  who will undertake a joint observation with the School Based Mentor (SBM) for QA purposes, and discussions with both the SBM and the apprentice.

Final assessment: During the Final Assessment (usually scheduled at the end of June for apprentices who start in September), it will be adjudicated as to whether the apprentice has consistently met all of the Teaching Standards, based on assessment of a range of evidence including a presentation.

End Point Assessment: Following recommendation for QTS, apprentices go through ‘gateway’. Employers must seek an End Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) at least six months before End Point Assessment (EPA). Apprentices will be awarded a grade of Distinction, Pass or Fail.

Eligibility criteria 

Apprentices will need a full honours degree at 2.2 or above, and GCSEs in English and maths at grade 4 or above (primary apprentices will also need science at grade 4 or above) or equivalent. Please visit our website for further details. 


This apprenticeship costs £9,000.  It can be funded through the apprenticeship levy

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