Insight Into Your Training Year

Why train with us?

You will be a member of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) Learning Institute alongside 2500 teachers across a network of 64 academies at primary, secondary and special phase, with a range of expertise and experience.  Our overarching aim is to 'make our best better' because we firmly believe that every child deserves an excellent education and the opportunity to become world class learners. To fulfil this we need great teachers!

We offer a one-year "hands-on" teacher training programme to graduates and career changers leading to QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).  In addition you can also achieve a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) and 60 Master's credits that may be used towards a subsequent Master's degree.   Places are offered by alliance members who work in partnership with Ofsted rated 'Good' and 'Outstanding Initial Teacher Training (ITT) accredited Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), SCITTs and Providers. 
We provide high quality training for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and ensure trainees benefit from school led training with strong mentor support, in-depth study of relevant theoretical frameworks, observation of outstanding practitioners and established professional studies programme training. 

We aim to fulfil trainees’ potential and increase the supply of well trained, fully qualified and inspirational teachers across AET through our professional learning journey and talent management process.  Our programme will be the start of your professional learning journey within our Learning Institute which ensures that you continue to fulfil your full potential throughout your career. Our learning and development opportunities, including our Newly Qualified Teacher Programme will train and support you for your first year as a qualified teacher. When the time is right for you to take the next steps to achieve your career aspirations, we have programmes aimed at developing and supporting middle and senior leaders. 

You will be based in Academies Enterprise Trust partnership group of academies. Training is majority school-based with some provider-based training. You will train to teach in Key Stage 1 and  2 for primary phase or either Key Stage 3 and 4 or Key Stage 4 and 5 for secondary phase, dependent on subject. You will join the academy/school at the start of the Autumn term. This allows you time to familiarise yourself with the academy, staff and pupils. 

During the course you will complete a short second placement at a contrasting school which is normally in Term 2 and you will also spend some time in a primary, mainstream and/or special school depending on which school your main placement is at.  It is a valuable experience for you to see the contrast from your own setting as well as gaining an understanding of teaching and learning in different phases/schools.  

You will be able see the difference you make from day one! 

What Our School Direct Programme Offers You

1. A high percentage of time spent in our schools with staff experienced at training teachers. 

2. A high quality professional studies programme. 

3. Personal tutor support and a bespoke training plan. 

4. External professional tutor support.

5. A gradual increase in the number of lessons you teach throughout the year. 

6. Training delivered by experienced experts including practising teachers and Education Consultants. 

7. An excellent understanding of, and preparation for, the teaching profession. 

8. Excellent employment rates. 

Other features: 

1. National Induction and school induction before you commence your training programme. 

2. Termly visits from your personal external tutor/subject tutor. 

3. A professional studies programme which includes training on National Curriculum subjects, behaviour management, inclusion, assessment and SEND. 

4. Opportunities to meet regularly with other trainees. 

5. Access to library of resources. 

6. Opportunities to observe and work alongside experienced teachers, gradually taking more responsibility for group and class teaching. 

7. Teaching experience in at least two schools. 

8. A comprehensive course handbook outlining all course requirements (normally online resource depending on HEI/SCITT/Provider). 

9. All trainees must demonstrate that they have met the minimum agreed standard for qualifying to teach (QTS) by the end of the course. 

How you are assessed

1. Observation of teaching. 

2. Submission of Professional Portfolio against the Teachers' Standards. 

3. Demonstrating progress in class teaching through regular mentor and external tutor and subject tutor observations. 

4. Completing 2/3 written assignments 3500-4000 words of written content and supported by an additional 2500 words (or equivalent) of supporting written documentation, e.g. planning, records, reflections etc. (depending on the accrediting HEI/SCITT/Provider).

5. Completing a brief, termly self-review and short reflective logs. 

6. Contributing to a termly assessment report by the school. 
7. You will be enrolled onto a Master’s programme 

Entry Requirements

Minimum degree required: Lower Second

Successful candidates will need to meet the entry requirements of both the academy and the provider before enrolling on the course. The formal entry requirements are:

1. Grade C or 4 or above in GCSEs English and Mathematics, or equivalent. 

Equivalency tests are available in English, Maths and Science through:

2. Grade C or 4  or above in GCSE Science (for Primary training only).

3. Other GCSEs are required to show a good spread of curriculum subjects (for Primary training only).

4. Specific A Level grades are not needed. However, if you have a grade B or above in the subject you wish to teach this will strengthen your application (for Secondary training only).

5. Degree classification minimum 2:2 or above which should include at least 50% of the subject you wish to train to teach. 

6. You must demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly and grammatically in spoken and written Standard English.

7. Overseas qualifications/degrees MUST be checked by NARIC for comparability to UK Standards. It is recommended that this check takes place prior to application.

8. You must have some recent experience of at least one school. This will ideally include a visit and lesson observations across the age and phase range. We particularly welcome applicants who have worked with young people in a variety of settings.

9. Have passed the DfE's Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to enrolling on the course. You must sit the skills tests for the first time within 8 weeks of any conditional offer being given to you.

10. You should be aware of current educational issues.

11. We expect you to be confident in the use of information and communications technology, and willing to extend your abilities in the use and application of technology in your teaching.

12. Proficiency in English
It is vital that you are able to use and understand English well. Without this ability, you will find it difficult to follow lectures, participate in tutorials, and teach classes in your placement academy.   If English is not your first language, you will have to demonstrate a satisfactory level of English language proficiency.

13. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) -  if you are offered a place on a School Direct programme, you will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the DBS as a requirement of entry to the course.

What We Are Looking For

Teaching is an exciting and rewarding career, which allows you to share your passion and make a difference to the lives of children. We encourage all of our academies to be inclusive and to celebrate their unique qualities, while striving to inspire their young people to 'make their best better'.

You can train to be a teacher whether you are just out of university or if you want to change your career. Everyone that wishes to teach has to complete their initial teacher training (ITT) and there are lots of ways to do it, either as part of a degree or after graduation, at college, university or a teaching school like us.

If you can answer yes to the following questions and you have decided that you would like to teach at primary or secondary school level, please choose School Direct with Academies Enterprise Trust Learning Institute:

1. Do you want a fulfilling career where you can make a profound difference?

2. Do you have a passion for learning and inspiring others?

3. Do you want to join a supportive profession with opportunities for progression?

4. Do you love working with children?

In addition it is desirable that you:

1. Have visited the school you are applying to and others in order to observe and gain experience of how teaching and learning is organised in an educational environment.

2. Have read and can discuss current educational thinking e.g. The Times Educational Supplement (available on Fridays or online at or the Department for Education website:

For guidance on what to include within your personal statement and what may be included in an interview, please visit:

How We Select Our Trainees 

Candidates whose application form shows that they meet our short-listing criteria will be invited to an initial interview at the academy, which will give you the chance to demonstrate your skills and experience.

They may also be asked to attend a second interview with the accrediting provider.

The most successful applicants will be those who have focused their personal statement on why they want to teach and given examples of what they can bring to the teaching profession.

As part of the selection process you will be required to pass 2 skills test in Literacy and Numeracy and it is preferred that you have registered prior to interview.

1. A tour of the academy

2. A classroom based task - You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching

3. Time with staff/departments

4. A formal interview

5. A written task