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Initial Teacher Training - Schools

From 2024, there are a number of ways in which you, our schools/settings, can benefit from being involved in ITT courses and additional routes into teaching which support recruitment and retention.

This includes university-led school-based placements, teaching apprenticeships or assessment-only routes.


One of the ways in which you can and be involved with ITT is through hosting placements for our Primary 3-7 and 5–11 courses, in collaboration with our accredited provider, University of Derby, commencing September 2024.

For 2024-25, you will be able to be involved with either offering a placement to a trainee or supporting trainees with Intensive Training and Practice IT&P at your school/setting.

Schools/settings who are involved in either placements or IT&Ps will receive funding to support trainee development and allocated mentor time.


As part of their ITT course, every trainee teacher must get experience teaching in at least two schools and receive clear and consistent mentoring during each placement.

Trainee teachers need a variety of experience in schools to enable them to meet all the Teachers’ Standards. They need to teach children and young people in their specified age range, from different backgrounds, as well as gaining experience of different approaches to teaching and to school organisation and management.

This breadth of experience is designed to equip trainee teachers with the skills they need to successfully enter the teaching workforce, and to become an asset to the schools they teach in.

Schools/settings in our region are able to host trainees in their school for either 1 or 2 terms.

During a placement, schools provide trainee teachers with:


Intensive Training & Practice (IT&P)

Another way that schools can get involved in ITT is through supporting IT&P.

Intensive Training and Practice is not part of the ITT placement, although placement schools may wish to support Intensive Training and Practice too.

Other schools not involved in a placement, can also be involved in supporting Intensive Training and Practice.


Recruitment and Retention

To support schools/settings in our region to recruit new or retain existing staff, we are working in collaboration with local and national organisations to provide you with access to Teacher Apprenticeships or Assessment only routes to QTS.

Teacher Apprenticeships

We are working in collaboration with Best Practice Network (BPN) to support schools with accessing Teacher Apprenticeships.

Who are Teacher Apprenticeships for?

For schools who want to support their graduate TAs or other support staff to become qualified teachers. Or for schools who wish to make use of the apprenticeship levy to support recruitment of new teachers to their school.

How can this pathway support schools?

This pathway allows schools to use the apprenticeship levy to either nurture their own talent or attract high calibre prospective applicants through a salaried teacher position.


Assessment Only

We are working in collaboration with the University of Derby to support schools with accessing the Assessment Only route to QTS.

Who is the Assessment Only route to QTS for?

For schools with a member of staff who has considerable experience working in education, who would like to be a teacher but who still needs to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

How can this pathway support schools?

This pathway allows schools to support a member of staff to obtain QTS whilst in their current role. This offers a flexible, convenient pathway to help existing staff to realise their ambitions and progress their teaching career.

If you would like to know more information about our pathways to QTS then please download our flyer here.

Alternatively, if you would like to discuss any of these options or would like to know more about how you can support, or benefit from ITT, then please email us via

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