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The Learning Institute

The Learning Institute

Primary Teacher Training

Our Primary School Centered routes lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status and PGCE.

School-based routes are a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills which potential trainees need to become a teacher. It allows those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years to combine teacher training with learning on the job.

Entry Criteria and How to Apply 

Primary Teacher Training entry criteria:

  • GCSEs in English, Mathematics and Science at grade 4 or above
  • Degree at 2.2 or higher
  • Recent School Experience is desirable
  • Satisfactory Enhanced DBS, Prohibited List and Health checks

We can offer online equivalency tests in English, Maths and Science. The equivalency enables candidates to meet the entry requirements for our programmes in regard to GCSEs. However, we encourage all potential teachers to pursue full GCSEs in these subjects for their own professional development.

Applicants with qualifications from overseas will need to contact UK Enic to prove equivalency:

All applications are done through:

We strongly recommend all potential candidates take a close look at supporting information available on the site, especially for help with personal statement.

You will be required to provide 2 references: one professional and one academic. Please check with your referees in advance that they are available to respond to the reference request in a timely manner.

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Primary routes with The Learning Institute 

The Learning Institute is working closely in partnership with Southerly Point Cooperative Academy and Castleman Learning Network. 

The Learning Institute SCITT


The Learning Institute School Direct

Primary Training Bursary Course Overview 

The course will start on Friday 2nd September 2022. You will spend most of your first 2 weeks undertaking central training in our training room in Roche. On completion of induction training, all trainees start their main school placement.

Most training weeks, trainee teachers are in their school placement from Monday to Thursday with Fridays reserved for General Professional Study days (GPS), which mostly take place at Roche or online.

All trainees need to undertake a second school placement. This normally happens from January until Easter. After the Easter holidays, trainees are back in their main placement.

In The Learning Institute we believe a friendly and happy school environment constitutes creative and supportive learning platform for trainees.  We work together with successful candidates in finding the right school for them to complete their training.

All trainees are assigned a School Based Mentor, who mentors and oversees training and trainee progress on a daily basis in school. Each trainee also works closely with their Visiting Tutor, who provides additional guidance.

The Learning Institute offers other support avenues for trainees who find themselves in challenging circumstances. Please visit our Student Support area for further information.

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