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Initial Teacher Training

The Consortium Trust is very proud to have developed our own Initial Teacher Training Programme with the support of SCITT and other recognised agencies.  To teach in a state school in England, you need to follow an initial teacher training (ITT) programme leading to qualified teacher status (QTS).  To qualify for postgraduate teacher training, you’ll need:
  • a degree;

  • grade 4 (C) or above in gcse English and maths;

  • grade 4 (C) or above in GCSE science if you want to teach early years or primary (3- to 11-years old);

If you do not have these GCSEs, you must prove you have the equivalent level of knowledge. Individual training providers will set specific requirements for their courses - they may ask for a particular class of degree or GCSE grades.

Before you start a teacher training course, you’ll also need:

Some courses offer a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). This is an enhanced qualification that is internationally recognised, but not mandatory for teaching in England.

Get into teaching

Register with Get into Teaching for:

Visit 'Get into Teaching' at these links to find out about funding for postgraduate trainee teachers and bursaries for further education trainees:-

  • Access to teaching information events;

  • Help arranging school experience;

  • Information and guidance as you go through your application;

  • Support from experienced teaching professionals;

  • One-to-one advice by phone;

Visit the governments 'post graduate teacher training link here for further information:

Teacher training funding - to support you while you train, you may be eligible for:

  • a salary

  • a tuition fee and maintenance loan

  • a tax free bursary or scholarship

  • additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability

initial teacher training enquiries

For further information about Teaching and Initial Teacher Training, please contact Debbie Thomas, Head of Service - Education for All, by email at:, or by telephone on: 01986 835670.