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Researchers in Schools (including the Maths and Physics Chairs programme)

This option is for candidates who have completed, or are finishing, their PhD. It is a two or three-year salaried teacher training programme that offers a combination of classroom teaching and research opportunities, as you work towards gaining QTS. There is an optional third year, offering the opportunity to complete a leadership qualification recognised by the wider teaching profession, while continuing to teach in your placement school.
Study mode
Study level
Course type
Teaching qualifications
Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
Student loans
Application method
Direct to scheme
Secondary subjects in demand
  • Chemistry
  • Computer science
  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Classroom experience preferred
School placement
Placement available (including NQT year, and compulsory third year)
Fees and funding
Salaried training
Postgraduate duration
2 years to 3 years

Researchers in Schools, including the Maths and Physics Chairs programme, is a tailored, salaried teacher training programme for high-calibre candidates, that offers a combination of classroom teaching and research opportunities, as you work towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).   

It is open to applicants who have completed, or are finishing, their PhD. For 2018 entry, the programme is open to applicants in the following subject areas:

  • Physics*
  • Mathematics*
  • Engineering
  • Chemistry*
  • Biology
  • Computing*
  • English
  • Modern Languages (French/German/Spanish)*
  • Geography
  • History
  • Classics

(*Nationally-recognised, high priority subjects.)

The programme takes place over an initial two-year period. The third year of the course is optional for all subjects.

The programme starts with an initial summer training module, where you’ll cover career transition into secondary education, design of your Uni Pathways course, and widening participation strategies, as well as meeting other programme participants.

After this, you will be placed into a school to develop your teaching practice on the job, and work towards gaining QTS. You will spend three days per week in the classroom, supported by a structured programme of training, classroom teaching, and mentoring.

In addition, you’ll have one day per week off timetable to pursue the wider aims of the programme, including delivering Uni Pathways, a structured programme of university-style tutorials based on your PhD. You’ll also receive honorary research associate status at a leading university, allowing you the opportunity to maintain an independent research profile.

In the second year, you’ll teach as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) in your placement school, with continued mentoring and training.

There is an optional third year of the programme, which offers the opportunity to continue to complete a leadership qualification recognised by the wider teaching profession, while continuing to teach in your placement school. This qualification will equip you to disseminate your subject knowledge and research expertise by delivering a series of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions to other teachers. Progression to the third year of the programme is optional for both participants and schools, and is conditional on participants meeting the requirements of the programme across years one and two.

Fees and funding

With Researchers in Schools programmes, you won’t need to pay any tuition fees. You’ll be employed by a school and earn as you learn. As well as a salary, those teaching maths or physics will be eligible for an additional salary uplift in the first two years. The programme is open to participants in other subjects, but no salary uplift is available.

Applications and entry requirements

You must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for Researchers in Schools:

  1. You’ll need to hold, or be about to complete, a doctorate.
  2. You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
  3. Before you begin your teacher training, you'll also need to pass the professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. Find out more in our professional skills tests blog.
  4. You must also meet some non-academic requirements, including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, and declaration of criminal convictions.

Applications are made directly to Researchers in Schools. There are a number of application windows that run throughout the year. Check their website for specific programme information and entry requirements.

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