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Initial Teacher Training Programme (ITT)


Welcome to School Direct Teacher Training with the HJS/Shire Alliance and The Pioneer Learning Trust.
Hillborough Junior School and The Pioneer Trust is working in partnership with the Shire Foundation, as the DfE accredited Teacher Training provider, and with a cluster of primary schools to offer school-based teacher training. The School Direct (salaried) training route will be offered for 2021/22, through the Hillborough Junior School/Shire Foundation Alliance schools and The Pioneer Learning Trust.

School Direct (salaried) route

This is an employment based route into teaching intended for high quality graduates. School Direct (salaried) trainees earn a salary while they train in their employing school.

The majority of training takes place in the employing and second placement schools, including substantial teaching experience. There is also a centre-based training element consisting of 23 days of training based at the Shire Foundation located in Hillborough Junior School, Luton. For this reason, HJS/Shire Alliance and The Pioneer Learning Trust can usually only work with trainees/schools located within a 30 mile radius of the training centre.

Trainees following this route can also opt, for an additional fee, to undertake a PGCE qualification, which is validated by The University of Buckingham. On successful completion, 60 credits at masters level will be awarded.

Essential Qualifications:

  • Honours Degree: usually 2:2 or above.
  • GCSE English language, mathematics and science grade C/4 or above (or equivalent). Hillborough Junior School/Shire Alliance and The Pioneer Learning Trust will consider applicants who have one of these qualifications pending, but they must all be in place by the date of enrolment of the programme. Recognised equivalency tests are accepted.
  • An assessment of fundamental English and mathematics knowledge will be undertaken prior to the award of QTS. Any shortfalls must be addressed by the trainee teacher.

Debarring Barring Service (DBS)/Medical checks

The Pioneer Learning Trust and HJS/Shire Foundation Alliance schools are committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and they expect all trainees to share this commitment. All applicants who are offered a School Direct training place will be required to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure Check and a medical check prior to the start of the course.

Equal Opportunities

Careful consideration will be given to every applicant regardless of ethnic background, disability, gender, religion or age.

Application and selection for interview

Applications can only be made through the UCAS Teacher Training website: www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training.

Course code – 2HKY

Course profiles should be viewed at www.gov.uk/find-postgraduate-teacher-training-courses.

For more information visit The Shire Foundation.