Initial Teacher Training

All of our courses lead to the qualification of Qualified Teacher Status. QTS is an accreditation made to those teachers who meet the professional standards required to be able to teach in maintained schools, non-maintained special schools or pupil referral units in England.

 The primary sector (ages 5-11)

Our expertise of running a SCITT, coupled with the outstanding primary practice of Lark Rise Academy, Parkfields Middle School, and the Acorn Teaching School Alliance, provides an exciting opportunity for potential primary teachers based around the M1 corridor to train locally.

“My experience of the School Direct Teacher Training at Lark Rise Academy was an amazing one. The support from all staff members was brilliant and I was made to feel part of the team from day one. I had weekly meetings with my Teacher Mentor, where we thoroughly discussed my weekly targets, and regular meetings with my Professional Mentor where we discussed my progress in becoming a teacher.” Secondary subjects offered.

Trainees will be trained to teach from age 5 years to 11 years. You will teach and develop your practice across this age phase. You will spend some time in a nursery. Secondary school, special school and other education establishments including a residential – to broaden your experiences of education.


The Routes into Teaching

You can add to your QTS training the PGCE qualification as well. This is optional and down to personal choice. The PGCE is an academic qualification and demonstrates that you have critically engaged with the research and knowledge base which underpins professional practice. Trainees who pass the PGCE (level 7) will be awarded 60 credits which can be put towards a full masters qualification in the NQT year and beyond.

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QTS Only

Our primary training programmes lead to the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status. We also offer ‘School Direct (Salaried) programmes’ where you can train and be paid at the same time – plus your course fees are paid by your school as well. We have limited places for the salaried route, so please apply swiftly to ensure you gain a place.

Assessment Only

The route is designed for those already teaching in schools who would be eligible to gain Qualified Teacher Status without undertaking a full initial teacher training programme. This way of achieving QTS is only available to unqualified teachers who have taught in at least two schools, early years and/or further education settings. The assessment period must be successfully completed within three months.

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Go to the Government page for more information about how to get into teaching:


Ready to apply ? 

All applications must be made through UCAS Teacher Training (UCAStt)

You can also search by our provider codes:

Acorn Teaching SchoolProvider code: 21M
Programme Titles:
PGCE Primary Salaried: 37DFPGCE Primary Tuition Fee (non-salaried): 2ZSB
CTGProvider code: C59
Programme titles:
PGCE Primary Tuition fee (non-salaried): 3CL3PGCE Primary with Maths (non-salaried): 3CL4

Please contact us to find out more about the teacher training we offer. 

Taster sessions are also available for prospective applicants. 

ITT Lead staff and contacts:

Katie Waterman:
01582 607852 (Lark Rise Academy)

Anna Rogers: 01582 607852 (Lark Rise Academy)