INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING
Every year about around 60 people in England train to become classics teachers. The majority train on one of the two Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) courses (Cambridge and KCL). A new PGCE in History with Latin or Classics started at the University of Sussex in Brighton in 2014-15 and will also be taking trainees in 2017-18. For teachers employed in particular HMC independent (private) schools, training can also be arranged through Buckingham University. The Buckingham route very occasionally takes trainees from state schools.
People interested in gaining Qualified Teacher Status through routes other than the PGCE need to check availability of School Direct (SD) training routes, which are available for a very limited number of places, as advertised on the UCAS Teacher Training website
Details of the SD programme and how it works are posted in this website under the GTP page for now. The Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) route itself is no longer available.
Applications for all 2017-18 courses will open through the UCAS Teacher Training website along with details of SD places available on 18th October 2016. Please take care to read the instructions very carefully about applications.
Both types of course (PGCE and SD) integrate taught sessions and practical experience in schools. A trainee who completes either course gains Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which only allows them to teach in Maintained Schools in England and Wales. A trainee who completes a PGCE course gains QTS and also a PGCE, which is recognized as a teaching qualification abroad and in Scotland. Some SD courses also offer the PGCE qualification, but you should check the particular course if that is what you want.
In the case of the Cambridge, Kings and Sussex PGCE the Universities arrange Faculty lectures and subject specific seminars for trainees, assess written academic assignments, organize school placements, provide mentor training, and observe trainees during their placement. The PGCE is a full time course lasting 9 months. Part of the course is based in a University Faculty of Education, with the rest being based in two complementary school placements. Applicants for the Cambridge and KCL PGCE in Latin with Classics are expected to have recognized qualifications in Latin Language and Literature gained through A-Levels (or equivalent), and / or through units taken in their undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Qualifications in Ancient Greek or Classical Civilization are welcomed, but are not required. If you want to become a teacher of Classical Civilization or Ancient History, you should note that most positions advertised expect a "Classics" teacher to be first and foremost a "Latin" teacher. On the other hand, many teachers of Classical Civilization and Ancient History start out as Modern History teachers. Accordingly, you might like to consider taking a PGCE in Modern History, checking with the ITE provider that there is an element of Ancient History taught in the course and available at one of the school placements.
In the case of the SD and Buckingham PGCE routes the ITE providers arrange core lectures and meetings for trainees, assess written assignments, and observe trainees during their placement. Some SD routes are salaried / employment-based. There are strict qualifications for entry on this sort of course. SD also offers a non-salaried route.
Student loans and grants are available to pay the fees and living costs associated with training to be a teacher in the State sector. Please see the DfE website for further details. Both Cambridge, Kings and Sussex PGCE websites also have further details about financial support.
For unqualified teachers or people who are teaching Classics who want a booster to their knowledge and understanding of Latin and the other classical subjects,a number of courses have been recently developed. The best place to find out what these are and where they are located is on the Classical Association website - you can subscribe to updates.
Teachers and potential teachers might also sign up to the following groups, all of which advertise INSET and training events, as well as information which is useful to teachers (further information about these are on the links page)
The Journal of Classics Teaching (JCT) Facebook - for INSET and training alerts
The Classics Library -for almost daily news
Oxford Outreach - for events across the UK
The Classical Association - sign up for free alerts for INSET and access to the Journal of Classics Teaching online
Classics in Communities - for occasional workshops for primary schools