Early Years Schools Direct ITT Training

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Early Years Schools Direct ITT Training

Early Years Schools Direct ITT Training

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Primary (Early Years & Key Stage 1 ages 3-7) Schools Direct ITT Training

We are pleased to offer a Primary (3-7) PGCE (QTS) route into Early Years teaching via our School Direct Programme. Successful completing of the course will qualify you to enter the teaching profession as a Early Career Teacher (ECT) with a PGCE qualification which provided 20 masters credits.

School Direct is an innovative way of delivering Initial Teacher Training via school placements and training led by successful schools themselves. Our School Direct programme is highly successful and is led by an National Support School with bespoke training is delivered within our partnership of highly performing schools.

Trainees undertake three school placements at different settings, maximising the range of experience received. Experience will be gained in both Early Years and KS1 over a minimum of 120 placement days. In each placement trainees are treated as part of the school team and take part in all elements of the school day, attending staff meetings, supporting parents evening and extra-curricular activities for example. This means our trainees graduate 100% ready to take on their ECT year and leave us confident and classroom-ready!

Training modules are delivered over the course of a school academic year. All training is delivered by the highest quality current practitioners and expert consultants meaning your training is current and relevant to schools today.

  • 120 days for Whole Class Teaching
  • 50 days for Professional Practice & Training
  • 9 days at Alternative Settings
  • 12 days of Academic Masters Study at Liverpool Hope University.

Trainees are assessed throughout the programme via placement observations, evidence files and two academic assignments.

Training days are usually delivered in St Helens at Grange Valley Primary School training suite with Masters Days delivered at Liverpool Hope University.

We are proud of our outstanding team of mentors who support each of our trainees every step of the way through the programme and beyond. With regular contact and personalised support available we have a high percentage of trainees graduating as ‘Outstanding’ and maintain our 100% pass and excellent employment rates.


The St. Helens ONE partnership has a wide network of Early Years settings and schools who host our trainees for placements. Most of these schools are within the St Helens area, no more than 9 miles apart.

Trainees undertake three placements in at least 2 different schools over the course totalling a minimum of 120 placement days.

Each placement is chosen based on trainees development needs and prior experience with an aim to offer the broadest experience possible and to develop them as teaching professionals.

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact St Helens ONE directly with any questions they may have regarding the course or placements.

Fees and financial support

Advice from Get Into Teaching Financial support from the government

You may be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,250.

All Fees are paid to Liverpool Hope University

Financial support from the training provider

Trainee Support Available:

Each trainee successfully entering a St Helens ONE PGCE (QTS) programme 2020/21 will receive a laptop to use while undertaking the programme.

Qualifications needed

Degree in any subject, 2:1 or better.

Please note – in certain circumstances a 2:2 may be accepted, please contact us if you have not achieved a 2:1 to see if we can help.

GCSE (or equivalency tests) grades C (4) or above in English, Mathematics and Science.

Please note – these can be pending.

Other requirements

Liverpool Hope University will undertake the following prior to the start of the course:

Health Check Statement Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Overseas Declaration

The DFE have published that Skills Testing previously required are not a requirement for 2020/2021 applicants.