Training to be a Primary School Teacher

Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

We offer initial teacher training (ITT) to graduates joining the teaching profession through our Swindon Initial Teacher Education (SITE) and partnering with University of Gloucestershire. As a trainee teacher you will have access to invaluable school and classroom experience that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you will need to become an excellent class teacher. Currently we train teachers in partnership with The University of Gloucestershire.

We offer two routes: School Direct & PGCE (Masters)

  • School Direct Training Programme- open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee.  Trainees become students of The University of Gloucestershire and qualify with a PGCE (Masters) and qualified teacher status (QTS).
  • School Direct (salaried) – is principally aimed at graduates with 2 or more years’ work experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school and their salary and training costs are covered by the Department of Education and the employing school.  On completion of the programme trainees are awarded qualified teacher status (QTS).

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What is involved?

You will have a ten month placement at one of our schools and will benefit from a contrasting experience undertaking a short-term placement at a second local school. In addition to learning on the job, you will attend a series of practical training sessions, which will enable you to develop your teaching skills, subject knowledge and practice away from the classroom. These sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners, who role-model outstanding practice, helping you to achieve high quality in developing your own practice.  You will be assigned a mentor at your placement school and will be supported by the ITT training manager throughout the programme.  We are very proud of the success of our School Direct programme and the majority of our trainees are offered a permanent role on completion of the programme. 


One year (September through to June).

Assessment and Accreditation

  • You will be assessed through a professional portfolio, which will be used to build evidence of how the standards for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) are being met.
  • Evidence will include observations of your teaching and written assignments, demonstrating a clear understanding of the profession, phase and subject area.
  • Classroom experience will increase in each successive term of the programme, as your confidence and ability develop.

More information on how to apply click here 

NB: To apply to the Swindon primary teacher training courses, search for Swindon and then click on Moredon Primary School, Swindon Teaching School.

Advice to Applicants for School Direct Places

When applying for School Direct places with the Swindon Teaching School ensure that you take every opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with the realities of teaching, as well as your enthusiasm for using your creative and intellectual skills in the classroom.
You can do this by including examples of any experience you have of working with young people – perhaps as a classroom assistant, or youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school. If you don’t have such experience, we strongly recommend that you get some before deciding to become a teacher.
You might also complete your application on the UCAS system in such a way as to:

  • emphasise the relevance of your previous work and/or studies for the course(s) you’re applying for
  • provide evidence of your social and communication skills
  • organise your information so that it is clear and easily accessible for the reader

Ahead of completing your Personal Statement you may wish to familiarise yourself with the schools within the STS Alliance by looking through our individual school websites and obtaining any official literature.  Please see the STS website for the information about our alliance members.
Follow these simple guidelines and you should put yourself in a good position to be invited to attend an interview with the Swindon Teaching School, where you’ll be able to build substantially on the evidence you provide on your form. Swindon Teaching School  wishes you every success with your application.
Candidate requirements (essential):

  • A 2:2 honours degree in any subject (minimum)
  • GCSE (A–C): English Language, Mathematics and Science.

Please note: If you don’t have GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science, you must obtain either GCSEs or IGCSEs in these subjects and will need to show on your application that you will obtain these qualifications before the course begins in September.

Open Days

Drove Campus

Drove Primary Teaching School and Moredon Primary Teaching School

How to Apply

Applications for the 2015-16 School Direct cohorts

All applications for teacher training will now be through UCAS.

Click here to search for training programmes on UCAS website

Skills tests

Applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 2016 need to pass the Literacy and Numeracy Skills tests before starting their course to ensure they can be recommended for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  You may book your skills tests as soon as you have made an application via UCAS Teacher Training, this is recommended.