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 secondary mathematics, core maths and physics is specifically targeted at:
non-specialist teachers who could potentially teach secondary mathematics, core maths or physics in addition to, or as their main subject
non-specialist teachers who are currently teaching mathematics, core maths or physics (either full-time or in addition to the specialist subject)
teachers who are looking to return to the profession.
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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