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Application System for Initial Teacher Training

Statement made on 15 October 2020

Statement UIN HCWS515


Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy, published in January 2019, committed to a range of measures to help great people become teachers. One such measure is the introduction of a new application system for initial teacher training in England. This system will be easier to use and designed to better meet the needs of potential trainees. The new service will also support universities and schools delivering teacher training in making accurate decisions on whether their applicants are right for their courses.

During the October 2019 admissions cycle, this digital service was piloted by a number of School Centred Initial Teacher Training providers and schools across England, and has been designed and improved based on feedback from candidates, universities and schools delivering teacher training.

I confirm that from October 2020 the pilot will be extended to selected universities that deliver initial teacher training courses in England.

The new service will fully replace the existing UCAS Teacher Training service for postgraduate applications in England from the October 2021 admissions cycle.

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This statement has also been made in the House of Lords

Department for Education
Application System for Initial Teacher Training
Baroness Berridge
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System
Conservative, Life peer
Statement made 26 October 2020