Initial Teacher Training

We provide school-based initial teacher training and our trainees are graded very highly upon completion of the course. You can find out more a about our high success rates on our testimonials page.

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Our teaching school is part of the Teaching School Alliance. This means that we have strong partnerships with other schools and are able to provide trainees with the highest quality on-the-job training, working alongside outstanding teaching staff.  During your training you will gain experience working in two contrasting school settings, providing you with a wide scope of experience for your future career.

Trainees qualify to become a teacher through the School Direct route.

What is School Direct?

There are several routes into the teaching profession, these include School Direct, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), undergraduate degree courses, school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) and Teach First.

It is important that trainees choose the right path for them. Elmridge Primary Teaching School Alliance offers the non-salaried School Direct route into teaching.

Elmridge’s School Direct course is designed in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and provides:

  • School-based training with a highly supportive network of experienced teachers and mentors
  • Training placements in two contrastingly different schools
  • Successful completion of the course results in qualified teacher status (QTS) and there is also the award of a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and Master’s-level credits.

Elmridge’s alliance has a successful history of recruiting high quality trainee teachers with 100% successful completion rate and all trainees gaining successful employment in readiness for the start of the new school year.

How to apply

You can apply via the UCAS website with the code 27FY.

Schools recruit and select their own trainees. Applicants will be assessed according to the following core skills and criteria:

Problem solving
Effective communication skills
Effective time management
Organisational skills
Effective relationships

Motivation to learn
Hard working

Successful applicants will be invited to attend our interview process. The interview process will include a face-to-face interview, a group discussion with other interviewees and the opportunity to lead an activity with a group of children.

Professional skills tests

The professional skills tests for prospective teachers assess the core skills that teachers need to fulfil their professional role in schools, rather than the subject knowledge needed for teaching. This is to ensure all teachers are competent in numeracy and literacy, regardless of their specialism.

All current and prospective trainee teachers must pass the skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS).

The skills tests:

  • are in addition to the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement
  • are set in the context of the professional role of a teacher
  • assess the use of real data and information which teachers are likely to encounter
  • are computerised and can be taken at learndirect skills test approved test centres throughout the UK
  • go through a stringent quality assurance procedure
  • are extensively piloted and the performance of each test is regularly monitored

You are encouraged to register and sit the professional skills tests at the earliest opportunity, there is often a high level of demand, to ensure you can get slots at the test centre of their choice. In response to demand additional test slots are often released but cannot be guaranteed.

Use the DfE website to find out about the process of the skills tests, including how to book, cancel or reschedule a test, and how to make any special arrangements.  Practise tests are also available here.  You can also see the full list of skills test centres.

More information about the skills tests in the context of teacher training is available at Get into Teaching.

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