Pathways into teaching

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If you would like to become a teacher in England, you must complete initial teacher training (ITT). The route you chose to take will be specific to the age group and the subject you would like to teach.

‘I feel that learning on the job is the best way. It’s much easier to try things out when you are in the classroom rather than learning theories.’
Warren Rhodes, former School Direct chemistry trainee

We have a well established programme of ITT and work with several providers to give our trainees the opportunity to gain qualified teacher status (QTS), a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and masters credits in primary teaching or a number of secondary subjects.

Our aim is to not only train people to become well qualified teachers, but also to become outstanding in their phase or subject specialism. We offer the following two routes:

For both routes into teaching it is useful to have built up a number of school experience days. These are a good way to find out if teaching is for you, and gives you opportunity to spend time in different schools. We offer a number of days both in primary and secondary settings through our school experience programme.

Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance