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Train to Teach

We offer research-informed teacher training with outstanding subject mentors, and excellent classroom experience to enable you to become a highly motivated and skilled leader of education.

Why study with Great Schools Trust?

  • Hands-on teaching experience
  • Placements at a range of schools
  • Individualised mentoring
  • Opportunities to work with us upon completion of your initial teacher training


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To find out more about Great Schools Trust and our teacher training programmes book onto one of our upcoming events.

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If you are a graduate, work with children or are looking for a career change, then teacher training with Great Schools Trust could be for you.  

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"If you are considering applying for teaching training with the Great Schools Trust, then my recommendation is to do it" Catherine Ashcroft, teacher training Student

Eligibility & Entry Requirements

Qualifications for Secondary Applicants

  • At least a second-class honours degree. 
  • Grade C/4 in GCSE English Language and Maths (or equivalent).

I graduated with a 2:2; do I qualify for the teacher training course?

Yes, we accept 2:2 and above and a third class degree is now accepted in Computer Science, Maths and Physics (providing candidates have a B grade or above at A level or an A Level Equivalent at this level).

I don’t have a GCSE C grade or above in English/Maths yet, can I apply for the course and achieve these grades before I start my course?

Yes, but you will be required to achieve this before you start the course.

If you have any queries in regards to your qualifications or feel that your qualifications do not meet the criteria we are looking for please complete our enquiry form - we may still be able to help you onto one of our train to teach courses.

Other Requirements

The following will be organised by our training partner:

  • Health check
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in England and Wales
  • Declaration of criminal convictions.

We are unable to support international visa applications. 

Our Train to Teach Programmes

Train to Teach Programme

Our school-led teacher training programme is an innovative training route which allows you to choose the school in which you train. 

The programme is a school-based training programme where you are based in one school for your training plus a work placement at another school within Great Schools Trust.

Teacher Training

Our teacher training programmes allow you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. Although your training is based in a school, we are not your employers and work closely with a partner provider to support you. This route offers the option of completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) qualification.


The apprenticeship programme is an employment-based route for high quality graduates, typically with at least three years’ experience of transferable work history. You will earn a salary while you train towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation, and won’t need to pay any tuition fees. This route offers the option of completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) qualification.

How long is the course?

Our teacher training programme starts in September at the beginning of the academic year following an induction in late August and end during the last term of the academic year. Our apprenticeship is a four-term programme, which can be start in September, January or April.

What subject options are available to me? 

English, Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish), Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, History, Computing

What are my teaching expectations?

On the teacher training programme, we will mentor you to gradually build up your teaching solo percentage and you are never left in the classroom on your own, there will always be a qualified teacher present. For the apprenticeship route, the teaching expectations vary according to your own experience. 

What will I get at the end of my training?

You will qualify with a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters Level Credits.

Funding & Salary Options


There are three types of funding available for teacher training - depending on your circumstances, you could receive all three.

Funding options include:

  • Tax-free bursary or scholarship. For more information click here
  • Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
  • Additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability

For more information, please visit www.getintoteaching.education.gov.uk


With our apprenticeship programme you won’t need to pay any tuition fees. You’ll be employed by the school directly as an unqualified teacher.  The minimum salary you will be paid is scale 1 of unqualified teacher.

How to Apply

Teacher Training

To apply for our Teacher Training Programme, please submit your application via the National Institute of Teaching and select Great Schools Trust as your training provider.

Click here to apply: www.niot.org.uk/programmes/initial-teacher-training


To apply for our apprenticeship programme, please complete our enquiry form and a member of the team will be in touch to take you through the next steps of the application process.


Why Great Schools Trust?

Benefits of Training with Us 

The ability to engage with like-minded subject trainees and qualified specialists will help you to develop both your subject knowledge and pedagogy.  Enrolment in our teaching programme will provide you with access to:

  • Regular mentoring by leading professionals who have secured exceptional outcomes in the role you have your sights set on
  • Weekly academy CPD in addition to the training programmes for initial teacher training
  • The trust’s ‘Pedagogy’ manual, peer-reviewed by teachers, with contributions from respected commentators and practitioners, offers new directions for innovative classroom practice
  • The trust’s online teaching and leadership platform with access to thousands of articles, journals and papers through an online gateway presenting up-to-date research articles from research teams and practitioners across the world
  • Opportunities to share in online and face-to-face communities seeking to build the profession’s capacity for research and innovation via national and regional events, activities and a directory for members wanting to collaborate in exploring specific aspects of practice.

If you choose to train to teach with Great Schools Trust you will enjoy: 

  • Training days delivered at our core school which is King’s Leadership Academy in Warrington. This will be delivered by highly skilled, current practitioners who have contributed to King’s Leadership Warrington gaining Outstanding status by Ofsted.
  • Training that is research-based and begins with a needs analysis so that your training will be personalised to recognise the strengths you can bring to teaching as well as meeting your needs in becoming an outstanding practitioner. 
  • Our well-trained subject and school mentors will provide quality feedback to enable you to make rapid progress and put your learning into action immediately in the classroom. Initial placements will be within our Trust but this will be supplemented by an opportunity to undertake additional bespoke training in a range of secondary, and special schools and alternative provisions. 
  • Commitment to supporting you to find your first teaching position either within our academy trust or outside. We aim to provide a path to leadership and we hope that our commitment to supporting you in your teacher training means that you will stay with us for support with your career as you progress within our outside of the trust

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Our Training Partner - National Institute of Teaching

The National Institute of Teaching (NIoT) and Great Schools Trust work in partnership to enhance training, generate new research and improve life chances for students.

The partnership has been borne out of shared values and a dedication to improving life chances for children and young people by providing an excellent education. Our partnership is committed to using the latest research to continually improve teaching practice.

The Initial Teacher Training Programme at NIoT embraces various routes into the teaching profession. This innovative programme fosters a rich and inclusive environment for aspiring teachers. The NIoT’s Initial Teacher Training is a fully immersive school-centred programme – aspiring teachers will be in the classroom from the very start.

Our Placement Schools

Our Lead School – King’s Leadership Academy Warrington

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Classroom to Boardroom Flightpath: King’s Warrington provides a course of training that not only equips you to become an outstanding teacher within 12 months but empowers you with a multitude of career progression opportunities into subject leadership within 4 years and academy leadership within 6 years.

Exceptional Training: A training needs analysis every 7 weeks will ensure you receive fully personalised CPD that recognises your strengths as well as your needs in developing into an outstanding practitioner. A CPD mentor will align 2.5 hours of weekly CPD to your needs and aspirations.

Exceptional Support Network: You will be supported every step of the way through an expert mentoring and coaching network including both an in school professional mentor and a subject mentor whom you will meet weekly.

Exceptional Role Models: All training and professional mentoring are values-based following research-led, evidenced-based methodology, delivered by highly skilled, outstanding practitioners. Initial placements within the trust will be supplemented by opportunities to undertake additional bespoke training and visits to a range of outstanding secondary, special and alternative provision schools.

Exceptional Outcomes: We have a very successful history of Initial Teacher Education with over 30 of our staff have undertaken the School Direct Route into teaching. 100% were graded good or better by the end of their training year, and 75% achieved outstanding status. 

Secondary Placement

You will also spend one term at one of our other King’s Leadership Academies in Liverpool or Bolton to develop your experience.  

Our Academies

Helping You Find Your First Teaching Position

We know how important it is to secure your first teaching job during your training year.  This is why we offer ongoing support in landing your first role, as you work towards your QTS.

What we offer:

Training sessions with headteachers on what schools look for in potential recruits

  • Mock interviews
  • Support with applications
  • Opportunities to meet leaders from different schools to discuss possible vacancies
  • An extensive Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme for you to learn new skills as you secure your QTS

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