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Initial Teacher Training

Initial Teacher Training

St Mary’s RC High School has been involved in Initial Teacher Training since 1994 with The University of Gloucestershire.  The school continues to work in partnership this institutions but has also developed very successful links with the University of Worcester and  the University of the West of England. More recently St Mary’s has become a partner school with Hereteach Alliance.

St Mary’s has an ethos of Initial Teacher Training and has trained many Herefordshire teachers, some who have become permanent members of staff at St. Mary’s.  We pride ourselves in producing high quality teachers who are well supported in the classroom.  ITT also increases staff competency at St. Mary’s, in particular developing coaching and mentoring skills.  It also enhances the quality of teaching and learning and raises standards within the wider school as it promotes innovation and best practice                                                

PGCE Courses

A distinctive feature of the PGCE Secondary programmes is the centrality of the school based training during which trainees are provided with the opportunity to develop the skills of preparation, implementation and reflection within a secondary school context. Of the 36 weeks that make up the course, the majority of weeks are spent in partnership schools.

Throughout the year a trainee's experience in school is supported by taught strands and seminars at St. Mary’s and the partnership institution.  In school, the taught strands are conducted by various members of staff with specialist skills and knowledge.  These may be experienced classroom teachers, subject leaders, the SENCO, teaching assistants, members of the senior leadership team, or the school Training Manager/Professional Mentor. In the Academic Year 2017/18 St Mary’s will train 7 trainees on a mixture or parent and twin placements.

Please contact Emma Thomas if you would like to arrange to visit the school on 01432 850416 or by email

Useful contacts :

Fancy a career in teaching?

University of Worcester Secondary PGCE

University of Gloucester Secondary PGCE

Gloucester Initial Teacher education Partnership

Department of education

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