New Teachers (ITT)

Initial Teacher Training

School Direct

The School Direct Training Programme is available to all graduates. Swindon Teaching School is offering School Direct places and is looking for applications from the most able graduates across Swindon and the immediate areas. School Direct provides candidates with an opportunity to gain practical experience whilst schools are able to personalise the training to the needs of the individual candidate.

This path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills needed to become a teacher. It enables those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years, to combine teacher training with ‘on the job’ learning.

School Direct is a convenient way to learn and qualify to become a teacher, offering candidates support from their future colleagues who have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Swindon Initial Teacher Education (SITE) offers hands-on, school based teacher training from early years through to year six. Working with its higher education partner, University of Gloucestershire, SITE offers a range of pathways which lead to national and internationally recognised teaching qualifications.

All of our pathways lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Additionally QTS and PGCE routes are available. QTS is the professional qualification that is required to teach in state schools in England and Wales. Our current pathways are:

  • Salaried places leading to QTS only 
  • School Direct places leading to QTS + PGCE 

The key features of SITE’s Initial Teacher Training pathways are:

  • The integration of school-based and provider-led training
  • Training in two contrasting local schools 
  • The full support of an in-school Mentor and Professional Tutor
  • Input from our HE partners, University of Gloucestershire
  • A highly supportive pastoral network

SITE is purposed to train and develop high quality primary teachers who can lead pupils’ learning in positive and empowering directions which result in high levels of happiness, well-being, and progress and attainment that far exceeds national outcomes.

For more details call Lee Edmonds on 01793 818603 (e-mail [email protected])


See links below for further information:
STS A partnership for excellence commercial:
Useful information for prospective trainees:

All applications must be made via UCAS using the link below:

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