Leeds Trinity and Hertfordshire University to create teacher 'degree apprenticeships'

Two universities will receive government funding to develop a teacher ‘degree apprenticeship’, as hinted by Justine Greening in her speech on Sunday.

A press release today named Leeds Trinity and the University of Hertfordshire as recipients of a slice of a £4.9 million cash pot for 27 projects.

Both universities were named as developing ‘teacher’ apprenticeships. Leeds Trinity has released a statement saying it expects its course to begin in September 2018.

Sheffield Hallam was also listed as developing a ‘teaching’ apprenticeship and Middlesex University as creating a ‘learning and teaching’ apprenticeship.

Degree apprenticeships combine higher education study with paid work so that participants spend part of their time studying and part-time with an employer.

Greening said in a recent exclusive interview with Schools Week that she felt a route into teaching which did not rely on a first undergraduate degree would give “parity of esteem” to more vocational routes.

However, the Department for Education subsequently told the Chartered College of Teaching that no teacher would receive ‘qualified status’ without a degree.

Leeds Trinity is listed as developing a ‘teacher’ apprenticeship; Hertfordshire is listed as developing a ‘teacher – level 7’ qualification.

Level 7 is postgraduate level and typically requires a participant to be a graduate.