I understand that GTP trainees are supposed to get paid by the school on the unqualified teacher's scale. The TDA website gives this impression anyway, and I have seen Welsh Wizard say so on this forum! One of the schools I have currently applied for for 2012-13 GTP is a 'one stop shop' who are also a training provider. They are obviously a very popular school/trainer and very over-subscribed. HOWEVER! They pay trainees significantly less than the unqualified teacher's salary. My understanding is this: They get a certain grant for salaries (from the TDA?), but this is not as much as the unqualified teacher's salary. I heard from another school's deputy that schools are expected to top this amount up, but the place in question does not do that. The friendly deputy told me effectively they're only paying trainees on a level of classroom assistant. I rang the TDA to enquire about this and they said that a school is under no obligation to pay as much as the unqualified rate, and that scale is shown on the GTP section of the website for guidance only...............!! At a 'public' information session at the school in question one potential applicant asked about the salary offered, and we were told by the head trainer "If you want to get rich, you're going into the wrong profession!" However, like me, I'm sure many GTP candidates already have family commitments, a mortgage, etc and it would mean a huge loss in earnings to get less that the unqualified rate... So this is a big question for me. Any comments/advice gratefully accepted!