Teacher Training

We are very proud to have been a lead school for School Direct Initial Teacher Training since 2012. Before this, we were also part of the Graduate Teacher Programme.

We have an excellent track record of training outstanding teachers who are successful in gaining employment. We have an excellent long-standing partnership with the University of Gloucester, who provide a bespoke model of training to our students. Our programme is heavily focussed on gaining practical hands-on experience in the classroom, working alongside our exceptional teachers.

Unlike a traditional PGCE, where you will study at University in blocks of time, and then spend 10 weeks on placement in a school, our trainees (known as Graduate Teachers) work in school from Day One. This is supplemented by study days, which are led by experienced lecturers from the University of Gloucestershire and experts from our Trust.

Our purpose is to provide extremely high-quality teacher training within a community of schools that are committed to coaching the outstanding teachers of the future.  

At the end of your year of training, you will have gained a PGCE, and Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in the UK. We offer both a General Primary route (qualifying you to teach ages 5-11) and an Early Years Specialist route (qualifying you to teach ages 4-7).

If you’d like to find out more about our programme, we recommend joining one of our Teacher Training Open Days. They are all run remotely via Zoom, and are completely free to attend. All you need to do is book a place in advance, so we know you’re coming. You can do that here

If you can’t make it to an open day, but would still like to talk to us about our programme, get in touch via email

The School Direct programme totally immerses you into the world of teaching. Right from the start you are treated as part of the teaching team and are valued as such…

Read more about Amanda’s experience of training with us here.

Amanda O'Brien

Early Years Specialist Graduate Teacher, 2020-21

My experience of learning to teach with The Mead Teaching School and the University of Gloucestershire has been a thoroughly enjoyable one. The confidence to teach and help children learn and grow has been instilled in me throughout this year and I cannot wait to have the privilege of teaching my own class of children…

Read more about Andy’s experience of training with us here.

Andy Smith

Graduate Teacher, 2020-21