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.


Elmridge Primary School has a history of strong partnerships with other schools and is 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 School 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.

Get in touch

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