Getting into teaching

All of our courses lead to the qualification of Qualified Teacher Status. QTS is an accreditation made to those teachers who meet the professional standards required to be able to teach in maintained schools, non-maintained special schools or pupil referral units in England.

Getting into teaching

All of our courses lead to the qualification of Qualified Teacher Status. QTS is an accreditation made to those teachers who meet the professional standards required to be able to teach in maintained schools, non-maintained special schools or pupil referral units in England.

The primary sector (ages 5-11)

Our expertise of running a SCITT, coupled with the outstanding primary practice of Lark Rise Academy, Parkfields Middle School and the Acorn Teaching School Alliance, provides an exciting opportunity for potential primary teachers based around the M1 corridor to train locally.

“My experience of the School Direct Teacher Training at Lark Rise Academy was an amazing one. The support from all staff members was brilliant and I was made to feel part of the team from day one. I had weekly meetings with my Teacher Mentor, where we thoroughly discussed my weekly targets, and regular meetings with my Professional Mentor where we discussed my progress in becoming a teacher.” Secondary subjects offered.

Trainees will have an age phase training combination.
Either:

  • Foundation and KS1 (With some 0-3 experience)
  • KS1/Lower KS2
  • Lower KS2/Upper KS2
    (With some time in KS1 to develop understanding of the teaching of phonics, early mathematics and early reading)

Trainees will be placed predominantly in one key stage for the duration of their training year but will have opportunities to gain experience in an adjacent key stage for a block of a few weeks to supplement the training in terms of understanding of progression.

Secondary level (age range 11-16)

We offer training at secondary level (age range 11-16) in the following subjects and in Business Studies for the 14-19 age group.

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French, German and Spanish)
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Religious Education

The Routes into Teaching

PGCE with QTS

At secondary level there are opportunities to complete either a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (level 6) or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (level 7). The PGCE is an academic qualification and demonstrates that you have critically engaged with the research and knowledge base which underpins professional practice. Trainees who pass the PGCE (level 7) will be awarded 60 credits which can be put towards a full masters qualification in the NQT year and beyond.  Both the PGCE qualifications are validated by the University of Hertfordshire.

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QTS Only

Our primary training programmes lead to the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status. We also offer ‘School Direct (Salaried) programmes’ at secondary level. If a school is already employing an untrained teacher, they may sponsor them through their training. They will pay them an agreed salary and also pay for the QTS only training. For some subjects there is government funding for the employing to support this training.

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Researchers in Schools

The RiS Programme offers a bespoke route into teaching exclusively for PhD graduates. It is specifically designed to utilise their academic expertise to the benefit of pupils, schools and universities. The programme runs over an initial two years, with participants achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in their first year and completing their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year in year two. Participants are supported to become excellent new teachers and research leaders, and have access to research associate status at a selective university.

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Assessment Only

The route is designed for those already teaching in schools who would be eligible to gain Qualified Teacher Status without undertaking a full initial teacher training programme. This way of achieving QTS is only available to unqualified teachers who have taught in at least two schools, early years and/or further education settings. The assessment period must be successfully completed within three months.  

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