What is HMC Teacher Training?

A salaried route to teacher training

HMC Teacher Training and induction takes place ‘on the job’ in salaried posts within HMC independent senior schools (with a pupil age of 11+ or 13+ depending on the school). Trainees will be in the classroom, teaching a reduced timetable, giving time for preparing lessons, continuing professional development, study towards teaching qualifications and other induction and mentoring. They will mainly teach their specialist subject, and will also be encouraged to take part in the extra-curricular activities that are so important to school life, enabling them to be part of the school community throughout their training period.

Trainees may broaden their experience through placements at other schools – both HMC schools and partner schools within the maintained sector. They also receive continuous support from their colleagues, in-school mentors and induction tutors.

‘I have been overwhelmed by the generous and supportive nature of my colleagues. It is very reassuring to know that the support network of the school environment extends out to staff as much as it does to students.’

Benedict Holmes (Eastbourne College: Music)

Employer schools will plan a tailored induction, support and professional development programme to suit your individual requirements. Formal qualifications such as a school-based PGCE and/or Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) will be available and funded by your school*. Working towards these qualifications may begin as soon as you start in school, or might be deferred for a period of time whilst you gain more experience of working in the classroom.
* Subject to performance

‘The combination of study and work offered by the HMCTT scheme was ideal for me. Having just completed an intensive Mathematics degree, I wasn’t keen to undertake more study but gaining QTS seemed extremely worthwhile. The opportunity to combine study and on-the-job training, whilst being able to choose a girls’ school, was a rare and valuable one.’

Manuella Kanter (Godolphin and Latymer: Maths)

Who can apply?

The HMC Teacher Training programme is open to anyone with the drive and ambition to become an inspirational teacher:

  • Graduates in any subject – including recent graduates, post-graduates and current students who can apply ahead of their final exams.
  • Career changers from any profession – perhaps from industry, commerce, sports, or the armed forces, and those returning to the workplace after a career break.
  • Those already working in education but without formal teaching qualifications.
  • There is no requirement for 3 years’ work experience: The main requirements are the motivation and desire to teach and make a difference to children and young people, and a strong academic background.

How to register your interest or apply for a post

Visit the Apply Now section of the website to find out more about registering your interest in the programme or applying for a post in an HMC school.