For Schools, By Schools

Initial Teacher Training (Primary & SEND)

Information regarding recruitment for September 2018 is now available on the UCAS website, but all programmes are full.

We offer initial teacher training (ITT) to graduates joining the teaching profession through our School Direct programme. As a trainee teacher you will have access to a range of outstanding mainstream and SEND expertise that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you will need to become an excellent class teacher. We train teachers in partnership with The University of Gloucestershire.

School Direct training programme (salaried) – is principally aimed at graduates with extensive relevant experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school and their salary and training costs are covered by the NCTL and the employing school.  On completion of the programme trainees are awarded qualified teacher status (QTS).

Un-salaried places are also now no longer available.

Programme Structure

You will have a one-year placement at one of our partner schools and will benefit from a contrasting experience undertaking a short-term placement at a second Gloucestershire school. In addition to classroom practice, you will attend a series of tailored training sessions, which will enable you to develop your teaching skills, subject knowledge and good practice. These sessions are facilitated by our expert practitioners, who will support you in achieving high quality professional practice.  You will be assigned a mentor at your placement school and will be supported by the ITT training manager throughout the programme.

Assessment & 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, which should demonstrate a clear understanding of professional practice, 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 


Advice to Applicants
When applying for School Direct places with CHM Teaching School ensure that you demonstrate your understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with teaching, as well as your enthusiasm for using professional, creative and intellectual skills in the classroom.
Your application must include examples of experience you have of working with young people – for example as a classroom assistant, youth worker, or as a volunteer in a school. Applications must demonstrate significant experience in order to be considered.
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 should familiarise yourself with the schools within the CHM Alliance by looking through our individual school websites, obtaining any official literature and organise school visits wherever possible.  Please see the CHM website for the information about our alliance members.
    Should you be invited to an interview, you will have the opportunity to expand on the evidence you have provided on your form. We wish 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.


Skills Test
Applicants starting initial teacher training courses from September 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.


Our ITT Partners 18/19
The Milestone School, Finlay Community Primary School, Gotherington Primary School, Hillview Primary School, Abbeymead Primary School,  Innsworth Junior School