Initial Teacher Training

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What do you need to know?

We offer a School Direct PGCE (self-funded) Primary Training Programme, which will result in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.


What do you need to know?

School Direct.


The Wroxham Teaching School works in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.  We offer a School Direct (PGCE) which is self-funded.  The course lasts a year and results in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which is internationally recognised.  You will be allocated a ‘home school’ where you will do most of your training, getting the chance to learn 'on the job' and spend one day a week training at the University of Hertfordshire.  You will get to know your class very well and your teaching workload will build up gradually, meaning you won't be teaching classes unsupported until your school thinks you're ready.  You will spend most of the year in your host school and have a contrasting experience in a second school for six to nine weeks in the Spring term.


How do I apply?


​Applications are made via the UCAS website. Course code 2NY8  School Direct PGCE course)

What happens to my application?

All applications are processed by The Wroxham Teaching School, who will shortlist and invite candidates to interview if their application is successful and meets the University criteria. If the applicant is accepted, they will then be allocated to a school in our alliance that has requested a trainee, in line with their year group or key stage requirements. We are always willing to work with schools that are new to our alliance, especially if they are already keen to host a particular applicant.

Salaried or Unsalaried?

​At the moment we are just running an Unsalaried course as government funds for the Primary School Direct (salaried) route have been withdrawn.  We are working with the University of Hertfordshire who may consider offering a Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship – watch this space for more information.


On the unsalaried route, the School Direct Primary PGCE Training Programme, you are not paid a salary but you are eligible for student finance.

Please see the School Direct website and the University of Hertfordshire for more details and the different course programmes.


What do I need to do before I am able to apply?

Applicants need to have Maths, English and Science at GCSE level 4/C or above before they start the course, as well as an undergraduate degree (2:2 or above). The University do not usually accept GCSE equivalency results but may consider applicants on a cases by case basis during COVID.  Classroom experience is not required but would support an application and the more experience you can get, the better prepared you are and the more likely you are to be selected. 

How do I get into school to gain primary experience?

Currently, many schools are not accepting new volunteers.  We do understand this and take it into consideration.


For more information from the University of Hertfordshire about the School Direct routes into teaching, please click here