Teacher Training – Open Evening

Tuesday, 15th October 2019

Drop-in between 4.00pm – 7.00pm

Venue: Network@Winterhill
Winterhill School, High Street, Rotherham S61 2BD

An opportunity to find out all you need to know about getting into teaching with Learners First.

Do you want to inspire future generations? Do you want to start a career on a leadership pathway? Do you want to work alongside outstanding teachers to develop your knowledge, skills and professional attributes?

Do you want to TRAIN TO TEACH?

Learners First has a successful track record over a number of years of training early years, primary and secondary teachers, including those who wish to work in specialist settings. We offer a variety of school-based programmes, including salaried and non-salaried opportunities, which allow trainees to learn alongside qualified teachers in schools. On successful completion, trainees graduate from the programme with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) qualification awarded by one of our HEI and University partners. (We also offer opportunities for QTS only routes).

On Tuesday 15th October 2019, Learners First will be hosting an Initial Teacher Training Open Evening. There will be two information talks during the evening; the first talk will take place at 4.30pm and will be repeated again at 6.00pm. These will cover areas such as: course entry course requirements, the application process, the training programme and what it entails, and the financial support available to trainees. There will also be an opportunity to speak to course leaders, teaching professionals and current trainee teachers undertaking programmes with Learners First to help you find out all you need to know about getting into teaching and the options available to you through Learners First. One of our most popular stands is the trainee stand where our current and recently qualified trainees are available to chat with you and offer advice from their perspective!

The event is free to attend and there is no need to book. However, if you would like any further information please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Learners First team on 01709 267021 or email

Find postgraduate teacher training courses in England

A service to help graduates find the most relevant postgraduate teacher training courses.

Use this service if you’re a graduate and you plan to train to teach in a state primary or secondary school in England. You can search courses by location, provider and subject.

When you’ve chosen a course or courses, you’ll be redirected to UCAS to complete your application.

Plans to strengthen qualified teacher status (QTS) and CPD from Sept 2019

In a speech at the Chartered College of Teaching’s inaugural conference, Education Secretary Justine Greening set out her ambition for a high-status teaching profession, backed up by high-quality continued professional development and pledged her support for teachers as the body of experts who are key to driving social mobility.

Justine Greening described the launch of new the College of Teaching as a historic moment for the teaching profession. Commenting on the launch she said:

  • Teaching deserves all the hallmarks of the other great professions – with a high bar to entry, high-quality initial training and a culture of ongoing self-improvement.
  • So it’s crucial that, like other experts, teachers now have a professional body with a shared commitment to ever-improving standards, disseminating evidence on what works, and driving progress for the profession as a whole.
  • And I especially want to see a new generation of teachers becoming part of the Chartered College of Teaching – to help safeguard and shape the profession’s future.

The Education Secretary also outlined plans to strengthen the teaching profession so that every child has access to an excellent teacher, including:

  • making absolutely clear that QTS will not be scrapped – instead, the government will work with the sector to develop and introduce a newly strengthened QTS from September 2019, so that all school leaders will want all their teaching staff to achieve it

Interested in becoming a teacher?

To work as a teacher in state maintained schools (excluding academies and free schools) in England and Wales you need to have professional qualified teacher status (QTS). To be awarded QTS by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) you must complete a period of training, such as a one-year Professional or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course or school-centred training, which recommends you for QTS. This is known as initial teacher training (ITT).

Although different training providers may have specific recruitment criteria, there are some basic eligibility requirements for teacher training in England.

Find out more…..

DFE get into teaching

What is School Direct?

School Direct is an ever increasingly popular alternative route into teaching which is more school-based and school-led than a traditional one year PGCE.

  • 85% of the programme is spent in at least 2 schools training, teaching and observing lessons and best practice.
  • The remaining 15% is spent at our partner HEI studying for the PGCE element of the programme.
  • The school based part of the programme is bespoke to the individual.
  • Full and comprehensive support network for each trainee.
  • Graduating the programme means the award of QTS and PGCE.
  • Upon graduation via the School Direct route, there is the intention to offer graduates their first job as a teacher. Over the past 2 years 96% of Learners First School Direct graduates have been offered employment within our partnership of schools.

How to apply to a training provider?

All candidates have to apply via UCAS. It is advisable before you apply to look at the ITT entry criteria before applying. Full entry criteria can be found on the link below

The application process for starting School Direct in September 2019 will open on UCAS on 09th October 2018.

If you feel that you do not meet the entry criteria please contact the team who can discuss this with you.


of all ITT trainees with Learners First graduate from the programme


of ITT trainees with Learners First are graded good or outstanding upon graduation


of ITT graduates with Learners First are employed before or immediately after graduation


ITT graduates with Learners First are now employed as teachers

Why train with Learners First?

Learners First is an inclusive teaching school partnership of over 200 schools from all phases. The School Direct programme has been developed over a number of years to be:

  • A school based approach which allows you to be immersed in the programme from the start, fully preparing you for life as a full-time teacher.
  • Led and delivered by experienced practicing professionals who work in high-performing schools.
  • Mentoring and support from outstanding teachers, who focus on ensuring that you develop your knowledge, skills and professional attributes.
  • A different experience in a second placement school with an opportunity to experience another key stage
  • In partnership with our partner HEIs we provide a powerful, bespoke experience to launch your teaching career. We work to ensure that all our trainees have the potential to be outstanding at the end of the programme
  • A programme of academic learning and training. You will cover all aspects of education and pedagogy in your training. This is supported by professional development in areas such as managing behaviour, how to prepare, plan and structure lessons, questioning techniques, demonstrating progress and co-operative learning strategies. This is also a fantastic opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues, share good practice and engage in peer coaching.
  • As well as securing your QTS, you will achieve a PGCE with credits towards a Masters qualification.
  • Excellent support, every step of the way. From providing advice about funding, to a comprehensive induction process, you will be guided from application to employment.
  • A key part of our programme is helping you to understand how you can achieve a work-life balance, setting you up to be a successful – and healthy – member of a school team.

Contact us

Our School Direct team are here to help you with any queries :-

Tel: 01709-731272

How we select our trainees

Applications will be assessed prior to interview based on a number of criteria, including qualifications. For those that meet the entry requirements an invite to an interview will be sent via email. Trainee teachers are selected not only by seeing whether they meet the academic criteria, but also on their passion for teaching all children and young people and whether they have the aspirations to be an outstanding and inspirational teacher in and out of the classroom. This will be assessed during your interview. Interviews will include a pupil engagement element, a written activity, a test of subject knowledge and a panel interview.

Changes to the arrangements for taking the skills tests

In February 2018, changes to the arrangements for the skills tests were announced.

• Candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass.
• The 2-year lockout period will be removed; candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.
• All candidates will be able to book 3 tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.

If you have paid for and taken a second or third attempt at a test on or after 24 October 2017 and before 14 February 2018, you will automatically receive a refund for the cost of your test.

For further details please visit the link below

What does it cost?

The National College for Teaching and Leadership offer a tax-free bursary for ITT. This is dependent on your degree classification and subject you wish to train in.

Financial support for trainee teachers has never been better. You could get £30,000 tax-free while you train, either as a bursary or prestigious scholarship – or you could earn a salary of up to £26,626 while you train on a School Direct (salaried) course.

For further details please visit the link below


The cost of undertaking the School Direct route into Teacher Training is £9,250. However, each trainee will have the option to apply for extra funding through Student Finance England For further information on funding visit: