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How is the programme structured?

The Brilliant Club works in partnership with ITE providers in Year 1, enabling participants to achieve QTS through either the School Direct fee or salaried routes. In Years 2 and 3 participants are employed by their placement schools as NQTs. Throughout the programme participants have one full day off-timetable each week to work towards the wider aims of the programme. 

How many hours do participants teach?

In Year 1 participants increase their teaching load in line with the ITE provider’s guidance for their fee and salaried routes. For fee trainees it is anticipated that this will be a supernumerary position with no unsupervised teaching for at least the first term. For salaried trainees it is anticipated that this will include significant independent teaching from the beginning of the year. 

In Years 2 and 3 participants will teach a typical NQT timetable, pro rata over four days.

How much will it cost schools?

In the Year 1 the cost to schools is the same as for a typical School Direct fee or salaried trainee through the ITE provider*. 

In Years 2 and 3 the school pays the participant as a full time NQT and RQT. 

In addition, there is an annual per participant fee paid to The Brilliant Club of £3,000 for maths and physics and £2,000 for all other EBacc subjects**. 

* There are some additional on costs for maths and physics salaried participants as a result of DfE bonus payments. 

** Waived in Year 1 for salaried English and History participants. 

Which schools are eligible?

Participants may only be placed in non-selective state secondary schools, including academies and free schools. Participants can be placed in University Technical Colleges, and sixth form colleges that teach A-level courses providing they can get sufficient experience of another Key Stage in line with the ITE provider’s requirements. Participants cannot be placed in schools in special measures.