Initial teacher training (ITT)

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School-based teacher training with The Learning Institute South West

Our primary and secondary postgraduate teacher training programmes are school-based.  This is the best way to experience all aspects of life in school, learning from outstanding, practicing teachers.

Courses are delivered over one academic year, and include placements in our partnership schools, which are based across Devon and Cornwall.

A distinctive feature of our programmes is the consideration of the individual trainee which has led to the delivery of quality, bespoke training programmes.

Why train with us?

‘This course provides first-hand experience of working within schools, which is invaluable when becoming a teacher’ Trainee, 2015

We work in partnership with over 50 primary and secondary schools; rural and urban, large and small.  This enables our trainees to receive a diverse experience, teaching in a contrasting range of settings. 

> Our partner schools

Personalised Learning

‘The Learning Institute provides a stimulating caring environment where staff and tutors really care’ Trainee, 2015

‘A key strength of partnership is their flexibility of the Partnership in meeting individual trainees’ needs’ Ofsted, 2014

We treat trainees as individuals.  We understand that the trainees coming into teaching have different backgrounds and strengths.  Therefore we offer bespoke training for individuals to enable them to fulfil their individual professional development needs.

High quality training and support

‘The tutors were fantastic. They were supportive, helpful and provided good quality feedback’ Primary trainee 2014/15

‘Engaging staff and students that really make you think about your own methods and beliefs’ Trainee 2014/15

Our school based programmes are led by education professionals with significant experience of training teachers.  Our training sessions are delivered by specialist teachers with a current knowledge of the classroom.  Trainees are supported in school by tutors who have extensive experience of coaching and mentoring, enabling trainees to achieve their full potential.

Track record

‘Employers report that the teaching of newly qualified teachers is good’ Ofsted, 2014

The Learning Institute South West is a well-regarded SCITT with over 10 years of experience in training teachers.  Since starting in 2004, the SCITT has trained over 300 teachers.  100% of our 2013/14 cohort gained teaching posts in schools.  Of our 2014/15 cohort, 80% gained a teaching post before even graduating!

We are looking for….

..positive, dynamic applicants who are committed and enthusiastic about working with young people and sharing their passion for learning.

Qualified Teacher Status and PGCE

All the Learning Institute South West programmes lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The programmes also meet the requirements of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Additionally, courses which include PGCE carry credits at Masters level (Level 7), which can be used towards a full Masters degree (this requires some further study completed with an accredited provider).


For QTS, you will be assessed through a Professional Portfolio.  You will build evidence of how you are meeting the standards.  This evidence will include observations of your teaching and written assignments where you will show your understanding of the profession.  Your classroom experience will increase in each successive term of the programme as your confidence and ability develop.

The additional award of PGCE requires trainees to complete academic assignments at HEI Masters Level 7.


For more details please contact Teacher Training Team:
01726 891745  
Please note: All course information listed is correct at the time of printing but is subject to annual review.