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  1. Introduction to Teacher Training at The Lutterworth Academies Trust
  2. Why train to teach with The Lutterworth Academies Trust?
  3. What sort of person are we looking for?
  4. What routes into Initial Teacher Training are supported at The Lutterworth Academies Trust?
    1. School Direct
    2. University-led/Core PGCE
    3. TES Institute
  5. What route is available if I have extensive classroom experience?
  6. What if I think I need more subject knowledge?
  7. What route is available if I already have QTS? How to return to teaching?
  8. Where can I get more information?
  9. Who can I contact at The Lutterworth Academies Trust?

Introduction to Teacher Training at The Lutterworth Academies Trust

At The Lutterworth Academies Trust (LAT), we believe effective teacher training should be schools-led, linking with the many professional bodies. Our vision is to develop outstanding Initial Teacher Training (ITT) through using our experience and expertise in leading the training of high calibre recruits in order for them to become outstanding members of the teaching profession. To achieve this, recognising the various backgrounds of potential trainees, we work through a variety of routes and with a variety of organisations.

We hope there is something suitable for you: it really is an exciting time to get into teaching.

Why train to teach with The Lutterworth Academies Trust?

Not only is teaching a personally rewarding career, it gives you the potential to transform not just individual students but schools and even the wider society. Few careers can be as fulfilling. At The Lutterworth Academies Trust, we recognise that both elements are important to great teachers.

There are lots of routes into teaching so it can feel like a minefield. We ensure that all ITT routes at Lutterworth College lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which means you are able to take up a teaching post in England. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) is responsible for the award of QTS.

We also see training as part of a stages continuum of career long professional development – hopefully to leadership. The majority of our routes into teaching also come with credits towards a Masters degree.

 What sort of person are we looking for?

The over-riding requirement for all teachers should be the desire to ‘make a difference’ teamed with a passion for both learning and teaching.

Some of the other skills/attributes are:

  • Self-motivation
  • Strong and committed work ethic
  • Excellent organisation and time management skills
  • Personal resilience
  • Creativity
  • Constant desire to improve
  • Adaptable
  • Reflective approach
  • Sense of humour
  • Patience


  • Degree usually 2:2 or higher (at least 50% in the subject you wish to teach)
  • GCSE English and Maths Grade C or above
  • You must have at least registered for the Department of Education´s professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy (applicants must pass these tests before starting a teacher training programme)
  • A good understanding of current issues in education


  • Relevant school context experience (ideally 10 days) in UK state secondary schools
  • Relevant experience of working with young people

 What routes into Initial Teacher Training are supported at The Lutterworth Academies Trust?

For whichever route into teaching that interests you, you will be allocated a mentor, have access to a coaching partner and also follow a programme of in-school training.

School Direct

School Direct programmes are an important element of government strategy for training new teachers. There continues to be a significant growth in the number of places allocated through School Direct. We have been involved with School Direct for a number of years, running programmes with the Universities of Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham Trent and Warwick. All trainees have gone into employment and we wish them every success in building their careers.

Applications for Schools Direct are made through UCAS.

For 2016-2017 we are pleased to be working with a variety or partners, one of which is the Groby and Partners alliance. Through Groby and Partners alliance, we offer the opportunity to work with a range of partner schools: Groby community College; Brookvale High School; Bosworth Academy; Saint Marti’s Catholic School; and Winstanley Community College. For 2016-2017, the subjects on offer are: Mathematics, English, Physics, Chemistry, History, Geography, Social Science, Biology and Modern foreign Languages.

This is a programme which we are keen to continue with in the future. For 2017-2018, we are widening our list of partners through working with Ashlawn Teaching School. Once the bidding process for places for School Direct has completed, we will update for 2017-2018

University-led Core PGCE

An alternative to School Direct ITT is University-led/Core PGCE and for this we are a placement school for Universities of Leicester, Loughborough, Nottingham Trent and Warwick.

TES Institute

For people who prefer a blended learning approach, we’re working in partnership with TES Institute to deliver School Direct Initial Teacher Training that leads to QTS and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). This school-led teacher training programme provides a unique blend of in-school experience and online learning with tutor support. You would work with an in-school mentor and a TES Institute pathway tutor to guide and facilitate effective progress towards QTS. https://www.tes.com/institute/programmes-prospective-teacher

What route is available if I have extensive classroom experience?

This Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) development programme and Assessment Only route is the perfect way for unqualified teachers, HLTAs, TAs, Cover Supervisors and other suitable school staff to become a qualified teacher without leaving your school. The programme leads to QTS and is personalised to the individual learner and to Lutterworth College. There are a variety of providers for this route and we would arrange a provider to suit.

What route is available if I already have QTS? How to return to teaching? What if my teaching qualification is from overseas?

The Lutterworth Academies Trust is delighted to be offering a Return to Secondary Teaching course for qualified teachers who are looking to update their knowledge of the educational landscape and regain confidence in the classroom.

The two week course involves a variety of taught sessions delivered by expert secondary practitioners as well as observation and teaching experience. Taught sessions focus on key changes that have taken place at national level, such as assessment procedures, as well as providing practical training regarding the most up to date pedagogy and methodology. The teaching placement is a bespoke element of the course allowing us to personalise your training to your needs and experience.

The course will cover:

  • Curriculum from KS3-5
  • Planning and Assessment
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability
  • Behaviour Management
  • The Teachers’ Standards
  • Ofsted and the new Inspection Framework
  • Advice on applying for teaching positions

To be eligible for the Returning To Secondary Teaching course you need to hold Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We also welcome applications from teachers who have trained overseas but whose qualifications have been endorsed in the UK. In addition to completing the application form you will need to provide:

  • Proof of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)
  • Your Teachers’ Reference Number (previously known as the DfE number)
  • You will also need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check previously known as a CRB.

Cost: £350

What if I think I need more subject knowledge?

Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in maths, physics, chemistry, biology, computing, geography or a language because of a lack of confidence in the level of your subject knowledge . You may still be able to train to teach these subjects (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a FREE subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme. https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ske-courses

Where can I get more information?

Groby and Partners with the University of Leicester: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/education/pgce/school-direct-secondary/bosgro-brookvale-high-school

TES Institute: https://www.tes.com/institute/programmes-prospective-teachers

QTS guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/qualified-teacher-status-qts

DFE including subject enhancements: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ske-courses

 Who can I contact at The Lutterworth Academies Trust?

For further details of our routes, please email Stewart Shovlin, Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning - s.shovlin@lutterworthcollege.com.  For administration queries, please contact Becky Towe, HR Administrator -  r.towe@lutterworthcollege.com.