Troops to Teachers and Researchers in Schools


There are two strands to Troops to Teaching. There is a route for those who do not yet hold a degree qualification and one for those that do.

The Graduate Route

  • For those that have a minimum degree qualification of 2:2, and GSCE grade C or Level 4 passes in English, Maths and, for those wishing to train in the primary sector Science, the government’s guidance is to investigate the School Direct (salaried and non-salaried) routes into teaching.
  • The good news is that if you are accepted onto a SD non-salaried place, you can apply for an up-lift to other tax free bursaries available for trainees following this route. For some subject areas, this could amount to £28.000.
  • If you wish to follow the salaried route, MVTP’s guidance is that you need to think very carefully about the advantages and disadvantages of this route over the non-salaried. Compare the financial differences between the tax-free bursaries plus uplift available to trainees on the non-salaried route compared to the taxable income on the salaried. Even when you take into account the fact that your home school will pay your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) course fees, often there is very little difference financially between the more challenging salaried route into teaching and the far more gentle non-salaried route. Please ask for more details as you may be shocked at what you could be losing financially following the salaried route compared to a non-salaried that attracts a high bursary.
  • Application is through UCAS looking for available School Direct Courses

The Non Graduate Route

  • There is a two year training course for those with the other relevant qualifications other than a degree.
  • You will need GSCE grade C or Level 4 passes in English, Maths and, for those wishing to train in the primary sector, Science.
  • You are paid a salary while you train ,normally 80% of an unqualified teacher salary.
  • You are employed by a school and will need to deliver lessons on your own from the beginning of the school year
  • One day a week is spent at university.
  • There are other residential training programmes that you will need to attend.
  •  You are awarded QTS once qualified and gain a degree equivalent qualification.
  • Application is through Troops to Teachers website


This is a training programme to encourage those with doctorates to train to become a teacher whilst still having the capacity to continue university research programmes in their chosen field.

  • Qualifications include GCSE passes in English and Maths plus a Doctorate.
  • You will train at a home school for the duration of your course.
  • You are paid an enhanced salary by your home school who will also pay your Qualified Teacher Status training fees.
  • You are paid an enhanced salary for up to two years after completion of your course if you are employed at your home school.
  • You will train at the school for three days a week, one day will be spent on subject studies at your training provider and the fifth day will be allocated for you to continue your research project. Upon qualification, you could be employed at your school for up to four days a week with the fifth day still allocated to your research project.
  • You will be given a teaching timetable where you are teaching solo from the beginning of your course
  • Only non-selective schools can apply for trainees on the Researchers in School Programme. This EXCLUDES grammar schools.
  • There are a limited range of subject areas available to train in. Maths, the Sciences, Humanities, English, MFL and Computer Science.
  • Application is through Researchers in Schools