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Future Teaching Scholars

On behalf of the UK's Department for Education, Education Development Trust is delivering the Future Teaching Scholars Programme, a new route into teaching for passionate maths and physics students to create a new generation of competent, confident and highly skilled teachers.


Education Development Trust designed and mobilised the programme in 2015 with the objective not simply to produce more teachers, but to produce extremely talented teachers that are educated in their subject to a high level.

The small central team at Education Development Trust works alongside a network of teaching schools across the country. Tasked with identifying and recruiting the candidates as well as delivering on all aspects of the scholars' journey, our methodology is to enlist students prior to the start of their undergraduate course, targeting gifted A-level students with high predicted grades who will go on to study maths or physics at university.

A pioneering programme

As a new pilot programme – the first of its kind to recruit students at this education stage – our initial challenge was to ensure a rapid growth in awareness. This was particularly critical as the programme necessitated recruiting students from day one to ensure subsequent milestones were met. As a leading education services not-for-profit organisation, we were able to use our pre-existing networks of schools, colleges and careers advice services and so rely largely on low-cost/no-cost strategies.

Cluster-based approach

Our scholars are trained by a national network of the best school-based initial teacher training (ITT) providers. We oversee the training component to provide quality assurance and to ensure the programme is of consistently high quality for every single candidate. Each ITT provider acts as a regional training centre (RTC) for the programme and has a proven track record in promoting and delivering maths and physics teaching and teacher training. This network of RTCs is geographically spread to ensure accessibility to candidates anywhere in England and local networks feature a mix of excellent schools serving different pupil populations.

What does it mean to be a Future Teaching Scholar?

The first three years of the comprehensive 6-year programme will be the scholar’s undergraduate degree during which time candidates receive a grant of £15,000 to support their studies. This is followed by a year of initial teacher training (ITT) continuing with one-to-one assistance to find a first teaching role. Scholars then receive a further two years of support as a newly qualified teacher.

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I think the programme is brilliant. I have learnt so much already, and the immersion days have built my confidence in teaching massively. Everyone involved in FTS have been welcoming and supportive, and I feel lucky to be part of such a great community.

2016 Future Teaching Scholar