Initial Teacher Training

Our Programme.


Our ITT Programme.

If you want to gain QTS through a practical, ‘hands-on’, school-based route in a school of your choice, then Educate Initial Teacher Training is for you. Educate is a large ITT provider, with a long-standing reputation for successful Primary and Secondary QTS programmes based in varied and diverse partner schools.

You have the unique opportunity to train in a school near to where you live and gain QTS with a PGCE (60 Master’s credits), validated by Leeds Beckett University.

Trainees spend a full-time year teaching and training in schools and also attend provider-led lecture/workshop sessions to enhance subject knowledge, general classroom practice and teaching pedagogy. To support trainees, provider-led training takes place once a week and is predominantly online, reducing both the time and cost of travel to trainees. Centralised training sessions cover content such as High Expectations, Behaviour Management, How Pupils Learn, Adaptive Teaching, Classroom Practice, Curriculum and Assessment in line with the Core Content Framework. This is supplemented by opportunities to observe other teachers in a range of school settings and to undertake a variety of school-based training enhancements, including a six-week placement in a contrasting school and short placement visits to other schools for e.g., a Special School.

Trainees are supported by expert practitioners, individual mentors, and a personal Link Tutor. ‘Programme leaders are highly sensitive to the well-being of their trainees. They ensure that they provide timely and appropriate support to those trainees whose personal circumstances require it. Trainees appreciate this support’ (Ofsted, 2018).

With Educate, Trainees enjoy the advantage of an ‘on the job’ experience, where the realities of life as a teacher are fully explored and understood.

We are a National Provider in England with School Partnerships across Cheshire, Shropshire, North East, East Midlands, Leeds, Bradford, Yorkshire & the Humber.

Please contact us to find out if we operate in your location.


We’re paid members of NASBTT, the National Association of School-Based Trainers and all of our trainees have free access to a wealth of support, resources, and subject knowledge training from leading experts for both trainees and their mentors.

Our Programme.

We offer the School Centred Initial Teaching Training (SCITT) programme. These are school-based route leading to QTS with PGCE, validated by Leeds Beckett University.

01. School Centred Initial Teaching Training (SCITT).

You choose the school in which to base your training in, or you can select from one of our partner schools listed on Apply.

magnifyOur SCITT route offers Primary and Secondary. Find out more about the Primary and Secondary Programmes below:


Our hallmark at Educate Group ITT is personalised support and our primary programme is testament to this.  We support you through your subject knowledge development through all National Curriculum subjects so that you receive the support you need at exactly the right moment.  We work with specialist teachers to support your training, so that your programme is based on the most recent evidence-base. We place significant emphasis on the importance of early reading and phonics as part of early literacy development.

Not only will you learn from the teachers you’ll be closely working with, but there are plenty of opportunities for self-study, one-to-one tutorials and drop-in groups provided by Educate Group ITT.

If you are a Primary trainee, you will train across the 5-11 age range.


At Educate Group ITT we believe that as a secondary teacher, your role is to inspire a passion of your subject, enabling each student to reach their absolute potential and thrive throughout the important ages from 11 to 16 and beyond.

You will work with committed teachers, who will show you how to teach your subject in school and to help students overcome their subject challenges.

We are driven about making the changes to the lives and development of young people. We hope to help you to become a brilliant teacher and subject specialist at KS3 and KS4.

If you are a Secondary trainee, you will train across the 11-16 age range.

To Note:

  • Course fees are £9,250 for QTS with PGCE (the PGCE is validated by Leeds Beckett University). Please contact us here for more information.
  • Educate cover a wide geographical area, please contact us here to ensure we cover your location,
  • Please note that you will be required to complete a 2 year induction under the Early Career Framework after your QTS has been awarded.

Find out about entry requirements and how to apply here

02. Assessment Only Route To QTS.

A three-month assessment period for experienced, unqualified teachers, who have taught in two schools and already meet the Teachers’ Standards.


  • A maximum of a three-month assessment period.
  • Flexible start dates.
  • No training required.
  • Move up the teachers’ pay scale.
  • Progress your teaching career.

GCSE Equivalency.

GCSE Equivalence Tests are for anyone who has not met the standard educational grades required to enter the teaching profession or alternative career choice with similar entrance requirements.

They are intended to provide the opportunity to gain a qualification which is equivalent to a GCSE Grade 4 awarded by one of the traditional awarding bodies. It is important to appreciate that whilst the majority of institutions and organisations will consider a Grade 4 in an equivalence test as being equivalent to a Grade 4 pass in a GCSE, they are under no obligation to do so.

Our Equivalence Tests are written and marked by examiners who have many years of experience in this field.


We offer GCSE Equivalency tests in the following subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Combined Science

Results are guaranteed to be available within ten working days following the test.

Candidates can sit the tests at our Office in Wrexham.

Candidates also have the option to sit the tests at an Ofsted approved setting. The test must be taken in examination conditions and invigilated by a person approved by Educate Group.


  • External Candidates – £144.00
  • Educate trainees and Assessment Only candidates who have accepted a place on an Educate Group programme – £24.00

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The Educate Group
Unit 5, Blackwood Business Park
Ash Road South
Wrexham Industrial Estate
LL13 9UG

Educate Group Initial Teacher Training,
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