Initial Teacher Training

School Direct PGCE and QTS - Primary

Train to be a teacher at Inspire Professional Development and benefit from a tailored programme of training and support from outstanding, experienced professionals. Our package will provide you with theory, subject knowledge and invaluable classroom practice. Our vision is to produce outstanding teachers, who are passionate in shaping the minds of young children, helping them to thrive in all aspects of education.

Inspire works with a wide range of schools across Swindon and the local surrounding areas, including our eight Trust schools. Our schools are vibrant, friendly places where the children are at the heart of everything we do. We believe in teaching skills, sharing knowledge and building special memories that children will take with them through the rest of their lives. Our team of experienced and dedicated practitioners will be able to guide, support and help develop your professional practice. Inspire will provide you with weekly training courses, and you will benefit from opportunities to meet with other trainee teachers, creating a valuable learning community to share ideas and practice.

Inspire Professional Development works in partnership with the North Wiltshire SCITT and Bath Spa University, and we have a comprehensive and established Initial Teacher Training programme. Our ITT programme awards places on the School Direct PGCE and QTS route into teaching, and has been designed to support trainees from varying starting points; whether you are new into education or if you have worked in the industry for many years. Throughout your training, you will embark on a pathway suitable to your individual professional needs, gaining invaluable experience in the classroom in a variety of forms; including observing outstanding teachers, team teaching and working with small groups of children, to then gradually taking responsibility for the learning of a whole class. In joining our programme, you will commence on a twelve month placement, training in at least two of our schools, across two different key stages. You will experience school life from the first day of the academic year in September, getting to know your colleagues, school systems and pupils from day one.

Ourselves and our dynamic range of partner schools share the common belief of investing and supporting our next generation of teachers.


We are proud to share that both our 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 cohorts of trainee teachers all achieved Qualified Teacher Status, providing us with a 100% success rate. The same cohorts of trainee teachers were also successful in gaining employment.


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What will I learn?

By the end of your teacher training course you will:

  • Know and understand the National Curriculum and the Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Be able to plan and prepare lessons, and set clear learning objectives

  • Have strong classroom management skills, such as knowing how to promote good behaviour

  • Know how to teach pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)

  • Be able to assess pupils effectively

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Throughout the year, you will be assessed against the ITT Core Content Framework and the Teachers' Standards. Your assessments will be based on evidence from your teaching, your wider contribution to school life, and your ability to reflect on and evaluate your practice. Assessments will be carried out in school and moderated by an Inspire Programme Lead.

Inspire Professional Development
  • A twelve month, full time course

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

    • Accredited by the Ofsted Outstanding North Wiltshire SCITT

  • PGCE with 60 masters credits 

    • Awarded by Bath Spa University​

  • School-centred training

  • Personalised provision

  • Subject delivery by experienced professionals

  • School-based mentors

  • At least two school placements

  • Experience in at least two key stages

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