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Neville Coles

Neville Coles
Executive Principal

Denise Hurr, Director of Teaching School Alliance

‘I am very excited to join The Priory Learning Trust as the Director of the Teaching School alliance.  This role is pivotal in ensuring the Trust is able to recruit and train top quality trainees across primary and secondary education and a range of school contexts.  The Teaching School will also continue to provide school to school support wherever there is need.  The Leadership Line will provide outstanding opportunities for staff, teaching and non-teaching, at all points in their career, to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding they need in order to be successful in the next step of their career, from trainee teacher to Principal and from apprentice to Chief Operations officer.’

Our Teacher Training School

The Priory Learning Trust is a successful teacher-training school.

In 2016 it was awarded the prestigious National Teaching School status – a rare accolade after it fulfilled a wide range of criteria in training teachers and supporting other schools.

To become a teaching school, schools must be judged outstanding and have a proven track record of delivering exceptional teacher training and supporting other schools.

The PLT are committed to developing opportunities to provide school-led initial teacher training.

Initial teacher training through School Direct

School Direct courses are based on the skills that providers are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). Designed by groups of schools in partnership with a university or a school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) provider, the schools recruit you as a trainee with a job in mind just for you. This is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.

School Direct courses generally last a year and result in qualified teacher status (QTS) – most also award you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or Master’s-level credits.

You’ll train in at least two schools, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.

The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. You’re also equally eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.

The programme will start on 3rd September 2018 and will work on a phased teaching timetable, progressing throughout the year, along with an intensive programme of professional studies training.

Their programmes are accredited through St Mark and St John University, Plymouth (Marjons) and will include a PGCE academic qualification as part of the programme, this also contains masters credits.


Entry Criteria

  1. You must hold a university degree at 2:2 or above (this does not have to be directly related to the subject you’re applying for)
  2. You also need to have English and maths GCSE qualifications at C grade or higher
  3. You need to have passed the QTS tests prior to September 2018