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We offer primary initial teacher training for both the 3 to  7  and 5 to 11 age range.

Our primary teacher training programme enables you to observe, learn and teach at each stage in a child’s early development. It equips you with the subject and phase knowledge to plan and deliver the National Curriculum across Key Stages One and Two in the 5-11 age range whilst also developing a knowledge and understanding of the Early Years Framework.

Throughout the programme, you will work closely with your lead mentor, phase/subject mentor and phase lead to ensure that you get all the support you need to become an excellent teacher.

The course runs from September to June with a registration and induction day in August prior to your course start date.

School placements

During your placements, you will develop your pedagogy and practice through learning from highly experienced colleagues who have taught successfully in primary schools for many years. In addition to being placed in two contrasting primary schools, we also provide Experience Days so that you gain insights into early years settings and the secondary school context to give you a deeper understanding of a child’s educational journey. We take note of candidates’ transport needs and, where possible, seek to place them in schools that are conveniently located for their individual circumstances.

As an integral part of the curriculum, four Intensive Training and Practice experiences (ITAPs) focus on pivotal aspects of the training and provide further opportunities to observe, reflect and apply what you have learned, strengthening your understanding of the link between evidence and classroom practice.


Your progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards, and acquiring the intended knowledge, understanding, skills and professional behaviours of our curriculum, is assessed holistically.

For QTS: Assessment is ongoing throughout the year, and includes observation of your practice and evidence of your success from mentors, subject and/or phase leads and yourself. You are assessed against our curriculum as the year progresses, summarised at four review points in a Holistic Review Summary, and against the Teachers’ Standards at the end of the programme in the Early Career Teacher transfer document.

For PGCE: Assessment is by two written assignments for Sheffield Hallam University that are assessed at master’s degree level and provide the 60 MA credits, which are academically robust and grounded in your day-to-day practice.

Upon successful completion of the course, you gain a PGCE which includes QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). The QTS can be used as the first third of a master’s degree (60 credits), should you wish to continue with this accredited professional development.

For further information about Exchange Teacher Training and how you can apply please visit our website or contact Dee Marsh on 01226 100450.

Train to Teach

Exchange Teacher Training is a DfE-accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in England.

We are founded upon a well-established partnership of credible organisations in Yorkshire and the Humber, Northeast Lincolnshire, North Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire, and the North East. Together, we are committed to the importance of ‘exchange’; sharing our knowledge, skills and expertise generously for the benefit of young people in our communities. We strive to drive achievement, address disadvantage and raise the aspirations of the children we serve.

Our initial teacher training is rooted in local, credible schools. You will be immersed in classroom practice from the very start, but you will not be alone. Your mentor will oversee your learning journey along with the lead mentor, subject lead and a dedicated central team, all devoted to ensuring your success on our programme. At weekly centre-based training, you and your peers will engage with the most recent and rigorous educational research and explore what great teachers know and do. We will support you to build professional friendships during your training will last a lifetime.

Visions & Values
We believe that every child in every school has a right to high-quality teaching.

Too many pupils in the North of England do not achieve well in school. Disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils lag behind their peers at primary with the gap widening at secondary.  The relationship between parental wealth and background, and children’s educational outcomes is particularly strong. Teaching is the profession that can break that link. The future economic prosperity of our communities is inextricably linked to children’s aspirations and the quality of education.

Ambitious Curriculum
Our pioneering curriculum is informed by leading national and international academics and informed by the deep practical wisdom of local practioners.

Developed in partnership with Professor Stuart Kime, our curriculum will equip you with the knowledge, skills and behaviours you need to become a great teacher. It prioritises the elements of the Model For Great Teaching (Great Teaching Toolkit: An Evidence Review, Evidence Based Education, 2020), the most recent full-scale evidence review of what makes great teaching.

We frame our curriculum around five big questions;

  1. What do great teachers know and understand about subject content and pedagogy?
  2. How do great teachers create a supportive learning environment?
  3. How do great teachers maximise every opportunity for learning?
  4. How do great teachers activate hard thinking?
  5. How do great teachers demonstrate inclusive professional behaviours?
Training Facilities
The Education Exchange Conference Centre

Many of your core and subject training sessions, including conference days, will take place at The Education Exchange, a large campus-style facility situated in Knottingley, with excellent road links to the M62 and M1 and within walking distance of Knottingley train station. With free parking, our centre is equipped with the latest technology, including free Wi-Fi and video conferencing.

Our impressive auditorium provides the opportunity for you to learn together with national and local experts, with accompanying breakout rooms providing space for smaller groups and tutorials.

Onsite you will find a welcoming café (open Monday to Friday) with indoor and outdoor seating. We serve barista-style coffees along with a range of food options, including jacket potatoes, soups, toasted sandwiches and snacks (surcharges apply). The café caters to a variety of dietary needs and preferences.

Our Exchange Teacher Training central team will be located upstairs in the conference centre.

How to Apply
Apply for your initial teacher training programme with Exchange Teacher Training now.

The Get into Teaching website provides some useful tips on completing your application, including writing your teacher training personal statement, choosing your references and preparing for interviews.

  1. Browse the courses we have available and check the entry requirements.  You can also search for available courses by visiting DfE find.
  2. Once you have decided upon a post-graduate ITT course, Apply on the government website. You can find our unique course codes on our primary and secondary course pages.
  3. Track the progress of your application, see your interview date and check the outcome. Once we have received your application, we will aim to respond to you within two days.