Initial Teacher Training (ITT) is an expanding area within the work of Forge Teaching School Alliance.  As a Teaching School Alliance, we are firmly committed to supporting teachers at every stage of their career and we see the training year as the beginning of a successful career with us: from initial teacher training to the highest levels of leadership. 


Our ITT working group, chaired by an Alliance Headteacher, meets regularly to build collective knowledge, take opportunities to develop closer school/university links and further strengthen our ITT provision.


Many schools across the Alliance currently have students and trainees on a range of teacher training routes, including a growing number on our successful School Direct PGCE Training Programmes. 

Our School Direct PGCE programme combines high-quality in-school experience and support with bespoke training sessions delivered by University specialists and expert practitioners from our schools to fully prepare trainees to teach across the Primary age-range.

Train to Teach with The Forge Teaching School Alliance


Forge Teaching School Alliance offers the School Direct PGCE Training Programme.  Working with our Alliance strategic partner Sheffield Hallam University, we have created a bespoke School Direct PGCE teacher training programme. Our trainees benefit from a high-quality programme of support and training, designed to equip them with the skills, knowledge and practice to become excellent teachers in our schools.  Our programme is continually developed and refined in response to feedback from previous cohorts.

2020 / 2021 applications is now CLOSED

This training programme route leads to the internationally-recognised Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) qualification, which includes 60 credits at Masters level and full QTS, and will prepare successful candidates to teach across the primary age range.

Although the majority of teaching experience will be based in a Home School, trainees also undertake a block placement in a second school also from within the Teaching School Alliance.

In addition to practical, supported training experiences in their Home and Development Schools, trainees will be involved in weekly whole-group training sessions provided by a range of University specialists and expert practitioners from Alliance schools.  Our training programme also offers further opportunities to experience a wide range of high-quality training and experience in schools across the Teaching School Alliance.

Throughout the training year, our trainees will be formally supported in school by a designated class teacher and school-based tutor, as well as their University partnership tutor.  They will also have access to a strong network of support within their Home and Development Schools, from the University and across the Teaching School Alliance.

Our School Direct programme carries with it a successful track record of employment on successful completion of the course.

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