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Teaching qualification

At the end of your first year, you'll achieve a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE)

As part of this, you will also gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Gaining a PGCE means that, whatever you choose to do with your career after the LDP, you can always return to teaching jobs in UK education.

You’ll start at your school as an unqualified teacher and your progress will be continually monitored and supported by your school, Regional Training Provider and Teach First.

Progress, achievement and reflection

The award of a PGCE is based on you having developed a file of evidence of your progress, achievement and reflection. Your file will comprise four written assignments (two of which will be at Masters level), a weekly journal of written reflections on your experience and how you could improve on the lessons you have delivered, teaching observations and a final external assessment.

In your second year you will teach as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT), which will allow you to participate in your school’s induction programme – usually featuring further training, orientations and conferences. You will also continue to be closely supported by your mentors, tutors and Teach First.

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