ITT Programme for 2021-2022

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If you are a graduate who would like to live and train to be a primary school teacher in the beautiful county of Cornwall, then we would like to hear from you!

The Kernow Teaching School Alliance (KTSA) is a dynamic partnership of 32 primary schools and WAVE Academies who, along with our partners the University of Exeter and the University of St Mark and St John (Plymouth), are offering graduates a one year Initial Teacher Training (ITT) School Direct PGCE programme (non-salaried) in  the Primary phases.


Primary (3-7) is offered through the University of Exeter.

General Primary (5-11) is offered through the University of Exeter and the University of St Mark and St John.


Full details on our programme and how to apply can be found in our information booklet below:


Click here to download a copy of our ITT Information Booklet

 So why pick us?
1. We want every trainee teacher to be the best that they can be!
2. From application, through to graduation, we ensure that trainees are supported every step of the way, both on a professional and pastoral level.
3. We recognise that every trainee and their personal situation and needs are unique and therefore the level of professional and pastoral support may vary.
4. All training is provided by current, outstanding practitioners or other professionals who are experts in their field.
5. We offer trainees two placements (main placement in Autumn and Summer and the second placement in Spring) in contrasting schools and trainees also have the chance to experience training in two key stages.
6. All trainees are placed with outstanding practitioners who are committed to supporting and developing individuals.
7. All trainees are allocated a school based mentor, all of which are trained to a high standard.
8. Trainees will be visited by KTSA based staff to provide professional and pastoral support.
9. Trainees are well prepared when applying for jobs and attending interviews.
10. When organising placements we try our to take into consideration family commitments and other circumstances.

Our current trainees say ...

"I chose the KTSA because they were highly recommended to me by a number of teachers whose opinion I respected and valued - they were not wrong! From the outset, the KTSA team were friendly and approachable, and always available to chat or reply to emails promptly. In addition to receiving many excellent training sessions delivered by a range of experts, I have experienced two fantastic placements in local schools with inspirational teachers and children. This has provided many opportunities to observe great teaching and learning, whilst being able to develop my own practice in a safe and supportive space. Overall, the KTSA experience has been thoroughly positive and invaluable in preparing me for life as a teacher." Naomi Mace (2020-2021)

“The support from the Kernow Learning schools has been brilliant. I have been able to work with specialists in different subject areas, as well as assessment and SEND. The members of the KTSA that I have encountered so far have been friendly and approachable which has allowed me to seek support and guidance throughout my training… I felt prepared to enter each stage of my training ready to take on new challenges… I was able to speak with members of the KTSA about any worries or anxieties that I felt, and this enabled me to enter my placement knowing that I had support behind me... The pastoral care is something that has allowed me to overcome any challenging situations and to really put the best version of myself forward as a professional in education.” Nicola Mc Nally (2020-2021)

'The hands-on experience and the coaching delivered by experienced practitioners regarding how to teach, have been invaluable. The regular training sessions and practical tips on top of full-time school placements, have enabled us all to really understand how children learn. The support provided by the KTSA team has been fantastic. The practical training sessions have really helped us to develop our teaching skills. As a career changer, I wanted to be given strategies that really work in the classroom and encourage progression - KTSA provided this in abundance." Emma Relton (2020-2021)