For the purpose of TSST, non-specialists are deemed to be those teachers who have not undertaken initial teacher training (ITT) in the TSST subject in which they are training.
TSST in MFL is specifically targeted at:
non-specialist teachers who could potentially teach MFL in addition to, or as their main subject
non-specialist teachers who are currently teaching MFL (either full-time or in addition to the specialist subject)
teachers who are looking to return to the profession.
In addition to non-specialists and returning teachers, TSST MFL also targets specialist MFL teachers who are not currently teaching MFL but who need refresher training to enable a move back to an MFL role, or who may be able to teach a second language in addition to their specialist subject.
Eligible participants for TSST MFL include:
teachers not currently teaching MFL with post A level MFL qualifications
teachers not currently teaching MFL with good A level qualifications
teachers not teaching MFL who are native / near native speakers
non-specialist teachers currently teaching MFL in addition to their specialist subject
specialist MFL teachers who are not currently teaching MFL and who need refresher training to enable a move back to an MFL role
specialist MFL teachers who have the capacity to teach a new language in addition to their language specialism
teachers who are looking to return to the profession
overseas trained teachers
Additional eligibility criteria:
newly qualified teachers (NQTs) are eligible to undertake TSST training
primary teachers are only eligible to undertake TSST if they will be teaching year 7/8 pupils as part of cross-school key stage 2/3 collaboration (e.g. in a multi-academy trust (MAT) or middle school) or if they have firm plans to convert from primary to a secondary teaching post
participants who are members of and have been awarded Qualified Teacher Learning and Skills status (QTLS) by the Society for Education are eligible for the programme if they have firm plans to teach a TSST subject in a secondary school or sixth form college
supply teachers and peripatetic teachers are eligible only if they do not have a contract with a school and are committed to returning to a permanent post in a secondary school or sixth form college
teachers without QTS working in academies are eligible for the programme
participants may undertake a second TSST programme only where they can evidence that it will lead to an increase in their teaching hours in that subject. This will be by exception and NCTL will consider this on a case by case basis. You will be asked to provide information to support each case and a template is provided in annex 1. Lead schools should not accept these participants on their programme until each case has been considered and approved by NCTL
overseas trained teachers should be resident and eligible to work in the UK, and actively seeking a post in secondary school or sixth form college.
Participants who are not eligible for TSST include:
initial teacher training (ITT) trainees
higher level teaching assistants (HLTAs)
teaching assistants (TAs) and other support staff
teachers from Independent schools
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