On-the-job teacher training for TAs in Wales

Teaching assistants now have an on-the-job training route into teaching for the first time in Wales.

Support staff or teaching assistants with the right qualifications will be able to apply to complete a PGCE through the Open University and train in schools while being paid, under a new scheme supported by the Welsh government.

The two-year course which will be rolled out from April has both a salaried option and a part-time option for people not working in education but who wish to complete a PGCE while working.

Anyone working in a school, both teaching assistants or those in a non-teaching role who are graduates, can apply for their school to sponsor their study and their course fees will be fully funded. They will study in a school setting across the two years around their existing school duties while completing academic studies.

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