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Congratulations to our first Postgraduate Teaching Apprentices to complete their qualifications!

12th February 2021

NTTC Apprentices 2019NTTC’s first group of Apprentices have completed their Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships, earning Qualified Teacher Status and a Level 6 Apprenticeship.  

By the end of this term, all 10 members of this pioneering cohort will have completed their End Point Assessments. 

Michelle Page, a teacher at Cringleford Primary School in Norwich, was among the first group of Postgraduate Teaching Apprentices with NTTC. Michelle says: 

I would highly recommend the Apprenticeship route into teaching. I had been working for 20 years in a special school. I decided to become a teacher because the children I worked with already viewed me as a teacher.  I was covering many lessons as a cover supervisor and I wanted to use my vast experience to progress into teaching.  


I enjoyed the experience of learning on the job, combined with one day per week at college. At college, the whole group of trainees were very supportive. There was a wide mix of ages and experiences. The visiting trainers and trainers at different placement schools were excellent. You have a mentor teacher at school, plus mentor meetings with the Curriculum Lead at NTTC, so you are well supported.” 

Another member of the group is Chris Smith, a teacher at Wroughton Junior Academy, who says: 

Training as an Apprentice with NTTC has been fantastic. Their support and training has meant that there isn't a primary subject I don't feel confident to teach. Alongside fantastic instruction from NTTC I also received brilliant support and guidance from my Apprenticeship mentor at my placement school.  Trainees also attended useful subject knowledge courses that really helped consolidate and strengthen everything that we had learnt.  


I thoroughly enjoyed my Apprenticeship and was fortunate to be permanently employed by my training school following completion of the training. Hold no illusions, teaching is hard work - but also, I cannot think of a more fun and rewarding career. If the challenge of teaching appeals to you, I would fully recommend training with NTTC.”  

Jacqui Waring, Director of Norfolk Teacher Training Centre, says: 

Congratulations to our first group of Postgraduate Teaching Apprentices from all of the team at NTTC! The vast majority of the group were graded as Outstanding, which shows the potential for staff already working in schools to make great Apprentices and to go on and become exceptional teachers.” 

The growing popularity of the Apprenticeship route into teaching, particularly among primary schools in Norfolk, has resulted in NTTC doubling the size of its second cohort of Apprentices in 2020-21. 

Click here for more information about Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships.