PGCE and QTS qualified in 1 year

Making a difference to children's lives

Drive and motivation to succeed

School Direct

Teacher Training

Do you, or someone you know, want to be an excellent primary teacher?

If you are excited at the idea of making a difference to children’s lives, and have a determination, passion and commitment to your own personal development then this could be the programme for you!

In collaboration with Plymouth Marjon University and our Partnership Schools, we are proud to have created a school based training programme that combines learning alongside dedicated and talented teachers in the classroom, skilled mentors who will support and challenge you, bespoke school based subject knowledge days led by expert practitioners and  finally you be immersed in the latest educational research.

Values, qualities and attributes

We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who have the values, qualities and attributes needed to become outstanding teachers, with the drive and motivation to succeed.

We are looking for candidates who:

  • Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people.
  • Have a ‘Can Do’ attitude and a positive outlook.
  • Have good interpersonal skills.
  • Are creative and imaginative.
  • Have good organisational skills and excellent time management.
  • Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice.

Did you know?

  • You can train locally  in one of our schools across Devon
  • In one year you will be qualified with a PGCE and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status)
  • You will be based in a school working alongside expert teachers

You will need …

  • A UK honours degree (or recognised equivalent)
  • GCSE Grade C/Grade 4 or above (or equivalent) in Science, Maths and English

Once you have successfully completed the programme you could be earning £24,000+.


If you secure a place the tuition fees for the programme are currently £9,250.  You may be eligible for a tax free bursary or scholarship to support your training. These funding streams are dependent on the phase/subject in which you are training and your qualifications.

Useful Links

If you would like further information about entering a career in teaching, you may find the following websites useful:

Plymouth Marjon University have published an extensive guide called How to Get into Teaching, it is an excellent resource to help potential trainees secure their place and prepare for life as a trainee teacher. The guide covers everything from choosing a route into teaching, to teacher training personal statements, interviews, applying for your first teaching job, understanding the Early Career Framework and much more. It includes a downloadable teacher training survival guide, written for trainees by trainees.

"Working closely with my class teacher plus regular reviews with my Mentor has helped boost my confidence in the classroom."

Why choose our programme?

Great reasons to train with us:

  • We have an outstanding partnership with Plymouth Marjon University and together we offer outstanding placements and teaching
  • You can train locally in one of our schools across Devon
  • Experience a wide range of different learning environments and contexts
  • Fully immerse yourself in school life and build lasting relationships with pupils and colleagues
  • Enriching school-based essential classroom experiences allow you to put theory into practice as you develop into an outstanding teacher
  • Bespoke Subject Knowledge days tailored to suit your needs
  • It is expected that as a reflective, highly developed, newly qualified teacher, you will secure employment either directly with your host school or in one of our partner schools, upon successful completion of the programme.

Great reasons to train in partnership with Marjon:

  • The UK’s first teacher training institution established in 1838 – they understand education
  • Ranked the 1st Best University in Devon and Cornwall for education courses, and 6th in the UK
  • Working in partnership with over 300 primary, secondary and special schools to give you a wide choice of learning experiences
  • In the Top 25% quartile of all providers in England (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2020) for student satisfaction (92%) for postgraduate teacher training
  • Marjon education and teaching graduates are 3rd in all University providers for graduate earnings five years after leaving the university (Institute for Fiscal Studies, 2018)
  • Marjon graduates are 7 times more likely to be employed than those from any other named provider
  • As a full member of the University you will have access to the full range of facilities, resources and social and academic opportunities and events

"The bespoke Subject Knowledge Days enabled me to refine my practice in the classroom and plan future lessons."

Get in touch

Contact us to find out more about our highly successful programme.

Telephone: 01626 248800 option 3

Make an application

Once DfE Apply opens in October we begin accepting applications and our selection process will be ongoing until we either fill our places or until the end of the Summer term. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

Apply now

2022 - 2023 Cohort

Our 2022 - 2023 School Direct trainees can view and download copies of the calendar, Handbooks and proformas required for their training programme

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