Early Years – Initial Teacher Training

Each Nursery School Teaching School will work directly with a HEI (Higher Education Institution) or SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) provider to offer Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct Tuition Route (3-11 years), the School Direct Salaried route (3-11 years) or the Early Years Teacher Tuition Route (0-5 years).  Many Nursery School Teaching Schools offer high quality placements in their Nursery Schools, teach on the taught programme and/or develop the taught programme in conjunction with primary school colleagues for KS1/KS2 input.

School Direct – is a school-led training pathway where you can apply to train as a teacher whilst working in a school, gaining relevant hands on experience.

School Direct courses generally last for one year and result in qualified teacher status as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and sometimes master’s level credits.  You’ll train in at least two good schools as part of the programme, giving you the chance to learn on the job.

The School Direct programme offers salaried and training route options depending on the level of work experience an applicant has.
How will the School Direct Programme enhance your initial teacher training and support your future career in teaching?
The emphasis of the School Direct Programme is on getting to know trainees well: understanding their needs, identifying their strengths, and ultimately assessing in which school they would be best placed as a newly qualified teacher (NQT) to achieve their goals and make the biggest impact. Courses are structured to give trainees a wealth of school experience and opportunities that they would not necessarily get on a mainstream PGCE programme run by an HEI. All subject knowledge and Masters PGCE taught sessions often take place at the Teaching School or venues within the Teaching School Alliance.

Further information on initial teacher training can be found on each Nursery School Teaching Schools website – follow the website links on our home page.

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