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Initial Teacher Training

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The School Direct Training Programme is aimed at high-quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one.

Learn-AT Professional works in partnership with the University of Leicester, an accredited ITT provider, which helps to deliver and quality assure the training and recommends the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion of the programme.

On completing our School Direct programme with Leicester you will gain credits towards your Masters degree. As a University of Leicester student you will have access to the all University facilities and their ITT education team are on hand to support you throughout your programme.

All of the schools we work with are experienced in delivering Initial Teacher Training and have a passion for supporting new entrants into the profession. It is a stated aim of the programme at Church Langton to ‘grow our own’, whether that be NQTs or future school leaders, and whilst the programme does not offer guaranteed employment we would hope that you would be interested in beginning your career with us or returning to us at a later stage should the opportunity arise.

How School Direct works

School Direct enables schools to:

  • Select and recruit their own trainees
  • Agree the content and focus of the training programme depending on the needs of both the trainees and the schools

School Direct is run by a partnership between a lead school, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider in this case the University of Leicester

Recruitment process

We adhere to the National requirements for recruiting to Initial Teacher Training program and adhere to University of Leicester entry requirements. If applicants meet the National and Leicester criteria they are then put forward for short-listing by our ITT lead team. *Successful applicants are invited to interview where they will be asked to:

  • Attend a formal interview with members of the ITT team.
  • Deliver a pre–set task in a short teaching episode to an appropriate group of students.
  • Prepare and deliver a short presentation of no more than ten minutes on a current initiative or challenge in primary education.

Interview decisions will not be communicated to applicants directly through the partnership but through the UCAS system.

All of our interviews take place in schools within the partnership. If you would like to speak to us about the programme please contact us.

Applications for ITT with Learn-AT Professional open through DFE in mid-October.


Any questions please email


We are now recruiting for September 2023 - register your interest here