Initial Teacher Training

Initial Teacher Training

The Loxford School Trust Teaching School Alliance offers Initial Teacher Training of the highest quality at both primary and secondary phases.

Each of our Trust Schools offers training and support through a range of routes into teaching, including School Direct, Teach First and NQT programmes.

The Loxford School Trust has already supported many hundreds of teachers to join the profession and comprehensively develop their pedagogy.  Each year we train in excess of fifty teachers across our partnership of schools, offering a full and thorough training programme in conjunction with our higher educational partners including Canterbury Christ Church University, Goldsmith’s University, University College London – Institute of Education, Greenwich, King’s College London and University of Westminster.

Loxford School has been awarded the OFSTED judgement of outstanding in every category and we are in a unique position to draw upon our wide pool of talented staff across the Loxford Trust schools to ensure that all new teachers are developed to maintain and develop the outstanding practice for which Loxford School is renowned.  Weekly training, run by our own teams of specialist staff, is delivered to new and developing teachers within our schools covering all aspects of pedagogy.  Our training includes mentoring and support through the role of school and subject mentors, as well as the assignment of personal training buddies who have recently gone through the Initial Teacher Training Process themselves and provide informal coaching and support.

We constantly review and update our training programmes to ensure that our support and training addresses the needs of new entrants into the profession on a personal level, as well as covering all statutory requirements.  We train teachers to be happy, outstanding practitioners who are supported at every stage of their development.

For details of Initial Teacher Training sessions please click TBC

For details of our Higher Education training partners click TBC

School Direct

We offer initial teacher training to graduates and career changers joining the teaching profession through our School Direct salaried programme.  Details of the salaried School Direct programme can be found TBC

As a trainee teacher you will have access to invaluable school and classroom experience from outstanding professionals that will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience you will need to become an outstanding teacher.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is for graduates / graduate career changers with a minimum of two years working experience wishing to train to become teachers.

What is involved?

You will have a one-year placement at one of the schools within the Loxford Trust and will benefit from a contrasting experience undertaking a shorter second placement at a second educational venue. In addition to learning on the job and being paid on the unqualified teacher scale, you will attend a series of practical training sessions which will enable you to develop your teaching skills, subject knowledge and good practices away from the classroom.

You will be assigned a subject and school mentor and receive close personal support not only within The Loxford School Trust but from our Higher Educational Partners.  We work in partnership with a range of highly respected higher educational institutions including Canterbury Christ Church University, Goldsmiths University of London, University College London Institute of Education, University of Greenwich, King’s College London and University of Westminster.


One year (September to July).  Following successful completion of the year, you will receive further support in your second year within The Loxford School Trust as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

Assessment and Accreditation

  • You will be assessed through a professional portfolio, which will be used to build evidence of how the standards for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) are being met.
  • Evidence will include observations of your teaching and written assignments, demonstrating a clear understanding of the profession, phase and subject area.
  • Classroom experience will increase in each successive term of the programme, as your confidence and ability develop.
  • You are also expected to complete research assignments, facilitated by our partner universities.

Successful completion of the programme leads to qualified teacher status (QTS). The programme is designed to enable trainees to develop their teaching skills and improve their subject knowledge in a practical and relevant environment. This programme meets the requirements of the Department for Education and is founded on the National Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. More information can be found on the GOV.UK website’s School Direct page.

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Higher Education training partners