Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship

The Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship is a two-year programme that offers an employment based route to obtaining Qualified Teacher Status. It was created by Teachincambs a county council sponsored collaborative recruitment group in 2017.

Who is it for?

It was designed to run alongside other initial teacher training (ITT) routes to provide your school with a career path for people with the potential to be a great teacher. It’s for people who would benefit from a more gradual approach and a paid route.

Experience has shown that this works particularly well for schools who want to develop their Teaching Assistants (TA’s).

Programme Structure:

Year One

This is a pre- initial teacher training (pre-ITT) year. Interns will work as a Teaching Assistant, gradually increasing their experience of whole class and small group teaching as the year progresses. Interns attend a training session every fortnight delivered by Advisers at the County Council and other experts. The training sessions focus on introducing interns to key themes such as reflective practice, behaviour management, phonics, curriculum areas such as English/literacy, Maths, PSHE, planning and assessment. Each intern has a mentor within their own school, with whom they will meet on a regular basis.

Costs - £600 for training delivery, programme management. Salary – at least national living wage (approx. £10,000).

Year Two

Teacher Interns will complete their ITT through the Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship and gain their QTS at the end of this year. This part of the programme is delivered by a local ITT provider and will involve working as an Unqualified Teacher with some timetabled teaching, supervision from a mentor in school, as well as one day of training per week.

Costs -£9250 for training. Paid for by the apprenticeship levy. Salary Unqualified Teacher rate 1.

See FAQs in the section below – we know you will have many questions about how this works!

Next Steps

If you have a member of staff that would be suitable for the Cambridgeshire Paid Teacher Internship, they can apply now at

Alternatively, as a school you can register your interest for a teacher intern from our direct applications. Please email us at  We will then contact you with details of those candidates that were successful at interview. This is normally from April onwards.

Example of the training programme Year 1:



7th Sep


Welcome and introduction for interns

Setting out expectations/guidance for the programme including portfolio.

Opportunity to ask questions.

8th Sep


Welcome and introduction for mentors

Setting out expectations/guidance for the programme, opportunity to ask questions.

16th Sep

13.30 – 16.00

Reflective Practice and Feedback

(Teachers’ Standard 8)

Working as a TA – evidenced based best practice.

Introduction to action research project 1.

30th Sep

13.30 – 16.00

Setting high expectations and behaviour for learning

(Teachers’ Standards 1 and 8)

14th Oct

13.30 – 16.00

How pupils learn

(Teachers’ Standard 2)


4th Nov

13.30 – 16.00

Phonics and reading

(Teachers’ Standard 3)

18th Nov

13.30 – 16.00

Developing pupils’ literacy skills including writing and spoken language

(Teachers’ Standard 3)

2nd Dec

13.30 – 16.00

Understanding the curriculum

(Teachers’ Standards 3 and 4)

16th Dec

13.30- 16.00

Keeping in touch

Review of term 1 including the portfolio and action research project 1.

Intern presentations on action research project 1.

Example timetable of the programme:

  • Application window for prospective interns November 2020 to February 2021.
  • Interviews – January –March 2021
  • Placing interns in schools – April to July 2021.
  • Interns start year 1 in September 2021
  • Apply for year 2 Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship in April 2022, via UCAS.
  • Year 2 Postgraduate Teacher Apprenticeship starts July 2022
  • QTS granted June 2023
  • End point assessment June 2023

 Main benefits for schools:

  • An additional way to acquire qualified teachers alongside your usual routes.
  • A chance to grow your own staff.
  • The chance to future-proof staffing issues, in a difficult recruitment climate.
  • CPD and mentoring opportunities for your existing staff, which could help retain them.
  • Utilise your apprenticeship levy money (£9000 per apprentice).

Main benefits for interns:

  • A chance to build up your skills and experience gradually; getting you ready for teacher training.
  • Get a salary during both training years.
  • Build a solid relationship with your school.
  • Training costs are covered by the apprenticeship levy for year 2.
  • Can join the Chartered College of Teaching as a trainee.

If you are a candidate that would like more information about how to apply, please visit the Teach in Cambridgeshire website.

Guidance for schools



Telephone: 01480 379 775