Initial Teacher Training

At Oakdale we support initial teacher training. Within the structure of the school one member of the Senior Leadership Team oversees and coordinates ITT and there is a dedicated ITT coordinator. We work very closely with Forest Independent Primary collegiate (FIPC) and we have student placements from the PGCE course – this is a university based programme of study leading to QTS as well as a qualification. Application should be made through the UCAS Site

We also place students within the school via School Direct – There are two paths through School Direct.

School Direct salaried – the replacement for the old Graduate Trainee programme and is for trainees with at least three years in employment before starting the training course. Applicants need to have at least a 2.1 degree classification and three years’ work experience. Trainees train on a school based programme.

School Direct unsalaried – students can apply for this course at any time after university. There is no salary attached and this is regarded as a continuation of HE study. The programme followed is the same as the salaried School Direct and can include credits towards a master’s degree.

In both School Direct programmes the student will be based in one school but undertake a placement in a second school and will also experience schools in different phases.

Several of our staff also lecture at FIPC.

For further information about School Direct see

Teacher training fees are the responsibility of the trainee and once accepted on a course the trainees must make arrangements to pay the fee to the accredited provider. Some bursaries are available through the provider, CCU, and for priority subjects. The Teaching Agency website has more information