Do you want to be a Primary School Teacher?

Initial Teaching Training with Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance

The window for applications on UCAS for our School Direct Primary 'PGCE' programme 2021 - 2022 is now open.

It is our vision that all children within our alliance of schools and partners will have a first-class, innovative education.

We provide School Direct (PGCE) Initial Teacher Training (ITT) for primary education to help ensure future generations of teachers become outstanding practitioners.

We are offering applicants places on our School Direct, PGCE, QTS programme. The recommendation for QTS certification is made by North Wiltshire SCITT (NWSCITT) and PGCE (with 60 Masters credits) is awarded by Bath Spa University. Many of our previous unsalaried School direct trainees have been offered employment in schools within Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance following training.

We have over 50 schools across Wiltshire, Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire in our Alliance. Finding a school for you to train in that works well for you is a priority for us and we organise this in partnership between you and the school. 

Why train to teach with us?

  • Work in partnership with us, deciding together which schools you’ll be placed in
  • Learn to teach ‘on the job’, observing and working alongside outstanding practitioners based in schools from day 1 
  • Undertake placements in a range of schools gradually building up the quantity of teaching as you develop your skills and experience (terms 1, 2, 5 & 6 in school 1 and terms 3 & 4 in school 2)
  • Work with peers and colleagues in a variety of settings to gain wider experience of educational provision 
  • Benefit from individual and specialist support from an in-house mentor on school placements and from dedicated and personal support through the team at Pickwick Learning 
  • Seek financial support from Tuition Fee Loans (Trainees can apply for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees (£9250) and a maintenance grant / loan to help with living costs) - More information can be found at
  • Train collaboratively through central training provided by current practitioners, specialist leaders of education and experts in their field in Pickwick, in partnership with NWSCITT and Bath Spa University as well as through personalised training in school 
  • Access exceptional facilities including Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning and a Regional Training Centre for Apple Education
  • Pickwick Learning trainees on this route are registered as students of Bath Spa University for the duration of the course and have access to their online library and their VLE site (Minerva).

  What we are looking for – Eligibility criteria

  • Clear passion for working with children
  • Strong skills in organisation and time management
  • A clear and realistic understanding around the financial implications of the programme and a commitment to success
  • 2:2 Honours degree or above, achieved or predicted
  • A subject knowledge course may be needed if the degree is in a subject not conducive to teacher training.
  • GCSE English Language C / level 4 (achieved), GCSE Maths C / level 4 (achieved), GCSE Science C / level 4 (achieved), Core GCSE equivalents listed by NCTL, e.g. O levels, or successful tests via Access students will be asked to take equivalency tests for GCSEs prior to application where these are not already in place. These should be done via the organisation named above. 
  • Pre-application experience: some recent UK primary school experience may be beneficial but is not vital (no specified time but as much as possible)
  • Additional experience is an advantage, e.g. in a teaching environment with adults/ children, or work with children outside school/ outside UK
  • A positive reference supporting entry to a primary PGCE from a university tutor, employer or school-based contact (where School Experience has been sought)  

For more information on Initial Teacher Training (ITT) please come along to one of our Pickwick Introduction Meet and Greet sessions or contact Amy Tapscott (Director and School Direct ITT Lead):

Come along to one of our Pickwick School Direct introduction 'Meet & Greet' sessions for a presentation around Pickwick Learning and our School Direct PGCE programme, discussions about the application process with time for Q&A -  Please book  a 'Meet & Greet' session via emailing 


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