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Unique PhD Route Into Teaching

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  • Closing date: 05 Jan 2021
  • United Kingdom | Researchers in Schools
  • Date posted: 02 Dec 2020
  • Job type: Teacher training/Teaching posts
  • Discipline: Education & communications 

The Researchers in Schools programme offers PhD researchers a unique, generously-funded route into teacher training that is deliberately structured to make the most of your abilities, knowledge and experience.

With RIS, you’ll develop the skills to become a highly-effective classroom teacher and champion of higher education, helping support pupils, regardless of background, to excel and progress to university.

The programme offers a number of exciting features and opportunities:

  • Complete our Research Leader in Education Award, a fully-funded, three-year programme of professional development designed around the PhD skill set, in addition to gaining nationally-recognized teacher training qualifications.
  • Use your protected, off-timetable time to work towards the RLE and Uni Pathways, a university-access intervention based on your PhD, aimed at increasing target pupils’ chances of attending a highly-selective university.
  • Receive honorary academic status at a research-intensive university, providing access to research facilities and a network of academic support.
  • Benefit from a dedicated programme officer who will provide you with one-to-one mentoring and coaching throughout.
  • Receive competitive financial support, including generous funding options for your training year.

For more information and to apply for placements starting in mid-August 2021, please visit


You must have submitted or be on course to submit your thesis and complete your viva by 5 January 2020. You must hold a minimum of a C/4 grade or equivalent at GCSE maths and English or be prepared to sit an equivalency test.  Sponsorship available for relevant subjects on salaried route. See website for more information.


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