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Initial Teacher Training

For full details on Initial Teacher Training, including which subjects we are currently recruiting in for the next academic year please visit our Pioneers Partnership site:


Rochdale Pioneers Partnership



The course runs from September to July. Within that time you will be placed in a host school. Here you will have a professional mentor and a subject mentor. For one half term later in the year you will be placed in another school within the trust. This is to enable you to understand the different challenges facing different schools and how teaching has to adapt to fit this. You will also have shorter placements at a primary school, post-16 provider, special school and a pupil referral unit. There will be assignments to complete and work around your specialism to ensure your subject knowledge is at the necessary level.


Throughout the year you will collect evidence that shows you meet all of the Teaching Standards which will enable you to be awarded with QTS.


Your PGCE qualification will be completed online and includes three modules based around pedagogy and developing subject competence.


Am I eligible for School Direct?

We expect all of our applicants to have a 2:1 degree or better from a UK Higher Education Institute or equivalent. You will also need at least a grade C in English and Maths GCSE. We may consider you with a 2:2 if you have evidence of your academic ability. We may ask you to complete a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course before you begin your training.




Salaried: This route is employment-based so you will earn a salary as an unqualified teacher while you train. You will be based in your 'host' school for the majority of the academic year, with a second placement at a different school within the alliance. Of course you would not be expected to teach from day one, but this will be built up gradually following support and guidance from your mentor. Candidates opting for this pathway must be high-quality graduates with at least three years' work experience in any career.


Unsalaried (Fee Funded): University fees of £9000 are required for this route. Funding options include the Student Loans Company, scholarships, grants and bursaries and scholarships of up to £25,000 for eligible candidates. More information about funding options can be found here on the DfE website.


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