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Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

We offer places on the salaried route for trainee teachers on our ITT programme for practitioners working with children aged 3 to 11 years. The trainee teachers will be learning 'on the job' and there is a heavy emphasis on their learning in school therefore the roles of professional and teacher mentors are key to making the programme work. Trainee teachers are working towards a teaching commitment of 16 hours per week by the summer term.


We work with the University of Hertfordshire in providing our ITT programme and the QTS qualification is accredited by the university. The university leads on the induction, assessment process, the tutor visits to the school and mentor training.


Pen Green provides an additional Induction Day and 3 x 5 day study weeks. We focus strongly on English, Maths and Science with an emphasis on developing practitioners as reflective practitioners. There are also 3 seminar days where the expectation is for practitioners to present their learning about children's learning and development around literacy, including phonics and reading. Our tutors Dr Christine Parker and Dr Cath Arnold, provide additional pastoral support for each trainee teacher, in recognition of the challenges of training to teach in one year.

Candidate Requirements

  • Honours degree (2.2 or higher) awarded by a UK university or an overseas award recognised as equivalent by NARIC
  • Maths, English Language and Science GCSE Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure)
  • You will be required to pass Professional Skills Tests in literacy and numeracy before starting the course
  • Practitioners need to be employed at a school as unqualified teachers

  • Must have 3 years’ experience of working, or have 5 days (within the past year) work experience in a state primary school prior to applying for a place on the course.

What is the difference between School Direct (salaried) route and PGCE route?


School Direct (salaried)

The University of Hertfordshire offers School Direct (salaried) in the primary phase, this includes recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the option to complete 30 Masters level credits (Level 7).  Primary Schools employ candidates during their training as unqualified teachers.  The National College of Teaching and Leadership provides funding towards the cost of the course.


School Direct (training programme)

School Direct (training programme) in the primary phase involves studying for a Primary PGCE, this includes recommendation Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters level credits (Level 7).  Candidates have a gradual introduction into teaching than those who choose the salaried route, by school led and campus based training.  Primary Schools do not employ candidates, but are responsible with the University of Hertfordshire for the candidates' training.  If eligible, candidates are able to access ITT bursaries and Student Loan Company finance.


Apply now for September 2017 via UCAS website