Training Programmes

Salaried Primary trainees will receive a salary during their training period and will be expected to teach two afternoons a week unsupervised from the start of the progamme.

For this reason we are looking for confident candidates with a high level of experience leading training or classes and excellent subject and National Curriculum knowledge.

You can expect to spend the majority of your time training in the classroom, helping to build your confidence in a school environment with the support of an experienced mentor.

The course is full time over 36 weeks (term time only). Please be aware it is a condition of entry that you spend at least one day in your main placement school prior to starting the course. The date is arranged at a mutually convenient time, but traditionally takes place in June.

In addition, all trainees will be invited to attend a one day pre-course induction at George Abbot School in July. School Direct Salaried trainees should also expect to attend a full induction programme at their placement schools in July.

The programme consists of four inter-related elements which are designed to intellectually challenge and engage trainees in pedagogic theory and practice and develop creative, innovative and reflective practitioners.

Mentored Experience
in Schools

Structured individually tailored mentoring is at the heart of the School Direct programme. The mentor has many roles, they will be your coach, role model, critical friend and reflective practitioner. The mentor will support the trainee in meeting the level of practice required for the award of QTS, as defined in the Teacher’ Standards.

Professional Studies

These are delivered on a weekly basis to support the practical learning and include:

  • lectures, seminars and workshops;
  • group activities: presentations; group discussions; role plays and collaborative working;
  • independent learning;
  • peer support;
  • developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
    blended learning employing electronic resources;
  • observation of teachers’ practice;
  • professional development activities undertaken in a variety of different school settings.

Subject Knowledge
and Pedagogy

We provide subject training in all areas of the Primary National Curriculum across the year to examine syllabus content, curricular structure and approaches to teaching these.

Written Assignments

Trainees will complete 4 written assignments which are marked in-house.

Alternative Educational Settings

In addition to your main primary placement, you will:


  • Have a 4 week second placement in a contrasting school in the opposite Key Stage to your main placement
  • Spend 1 week in an SEN school

What qualification does this course lead to?

You will recommended for the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) on successful completion of the course.

How much
will it cost?

For trainees on the salaried route there are no tuition fees.

What’s the

Trainees will receive a salary in line with their supporting school’s policy ranging between £13,000 – £17,500.


Will I be employed at the end of the programme?

As part of the School Direct Programme trainees are expected to be employed within the Partnership of Schools at the end of the training year. Whilst there is no guarantee of employment George Abbot SCITT has a 100% employment record.

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