Frequently Asked Questions


How do I know what codes to use when applying?

You can find all the information you need on https://www.gov.uk/find-postgraduate-teacher-training-courses. All teacher training courses are published here.

I currently work at a school, how can I do my training at the same place?

You need to approach them first and check that they have the capacity to train you and on which route (salaried or non-salaried). If they are willing to train you and they are one of our consortium schools, we need to publish their vacancy so you can apply and go through our recruitment process. If they are not part of our consortium schools, they will have to apply to become part of our group of schools. This is an easy process, schools interested to join our consortium of schools only need to get in touch with us.

What is the difference between PGCE and School Direct Route?

The School Direct Route provides more hands-on training. You apply directly to the school you want to train in and if you are successful at your interview you will start your training with them from the beginning of the academic year. You have lectures with your training provider once a week. The University PGCE lead route provides a more academic approach to teacher training. You will spend less time in schools and more time at University and you don’t get to choose your placements.

How will I be supported to find employment after my training?

A high percentage of our trainees remain within our consortium of schools. Often, teaching vacancies in our schools are shared with us and promptly contact our trainees to make them aware and encourage them to apply. When needed, we offer advice throughout the application process.

What happens after my training?

After your training, you are awarded your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). You can start working in a school as a qualified teacher.