So, you've decided to take a step
towards becoming a teacher...

…an excellent, rewarding, and progressive profession, but you’re not sure where to start or of the routes available to you.

Well, we’ve got you covered. On this page, we clearly outline the current routes into teaching and achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). We will introduce you to the John Taylor SCITT and provide the details for regional and national accredited teacher training providers. In addition, we will signpost you to useful resources from the Department of Education (DfE) and provide you with our contact details for further information.

What are you waiting for? The school bell is ringing!

So, you've decided to take a step towards becoming a teacher...

…an excellent, rewarding, and progressive profession, but now you’re not sure where to start or of the routes available to you.

Well, we’ve got you covered. On this page, we clearly outline the current routes into teaching and achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We will introduce you to the John Taylor SCITT and provide the details for regional and national accredited teacher training providers. In addition, we will signpost you to useful resources from the Department of Education and provide you with our contact details for further information.

What are you waiting for? The school bell is ringing!

What does Teacher Training Involve?

Postgraduate teacher training usually takes 9 months full-time, or 18 to 24 months part-time. All teacher training involves mostly classroom placements with some theoretical learning.

This means that even if your course provider is a university, you will still do placements in schools. And if your course provider is a school, you might still do your theoretical learning in a university.

The important thing to remember is that regardless of your course provider, all teacher training involves around 120 days of school placements in at least 2 schools.

Routes into Teaching

School Centred

University

Assessment-only

Apprenticeship

You can enrol for postgraduate teacher training either through a university or a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) route, where you can gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Some providers also offer a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). With the John Taylor SCITT, you can train both full and part-time to gain both QTS and a PGCE.

Alternatively, from September 2025, in most subjects, you may have the option of completing aĀ postgraduate apprenticeship. This is a work-based route that typically lasts 12 to 15 months and is available through universities and providers across the UK.

Training with
The John Taylor SCITT

John Taylor has been a SCITT, providing high quality teacher training, since 2014 and we have gradually expanded our provision each year to include a variety of routes: Secondary subject and Primary (5-11 and 3-7 years) routes, salaried and unsalaried routes, QTS only, and the option to train part time.

We have a proven track record of recruiting and training talented teachers and retaining a large proportion of them in our local area due to the excellent reputation that we have built up over the years.

Local Accredited Providers

Hover over the pink pins below to reveal local accredited providers.

Keele & North Staffordshire
Teacher Education, ST7 4DL

Staffordshire University,
ST4 2DF

St Joseph's College Stoke
Secondary Partnership,
ST4 5NT

University of Derby,
DE22 1GB

University of Nottingham,
NG8 1BB

Nottingham Trent University,
NG1 4FQ

The John Taylor SCITT,
DE13 8AZ

Loughborough University,
LE11 3TU

West Midlands Consortium,
TF3 4NW

University of Wolverhampton,
WV1 1LY

Arthur Terry SCITT,
B74 4RZ

Barr Beacon SCITT,
WS9 0RF

Birmingham City University,
B15 3TN

University of Birmingham,
B15 2TT

Newman University,
B32 3NT

Bishop Challoner Training
School, B14 7EG

Haybridge Alliance SCITT,
DY8 2XS

The Coventry SCITT,
CV1 5GU

University of Warwick,
CV4 8EE

Local Accredited Providers

National Accredited Providers

How a Personal DfE Teacher Training Adviser Helps

With a personal DfE Teacher Training Adviser, you will receive advice with:

Next Steps...

Apply for Teacher Training

Ready to take your first steps in your teaching career? Apply for teacher training through the Gov website.

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