Initial Teacher Training

Uni of Gloucester 
Uni of Worcester


John Kyrle High School has been involved in Initial Teacher Training with The University of Gloucestershire and The University of Worcester. More recently John Kyrle has become a partner school with Hereteach Alliance.

The school has an ethos of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and has trained many Herefordshire teachers in the past, many of whom have become permanent members of staff at John Kyrle.  We pride ourselves in producing high-quality teachers who are well supported in the classroom.

ITT also increases staff competency at John Kyrle, 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.

There’s never been a better time to train to be a teacher.

Teacher training is better, more varied and more targeted at the needs of the teacher than ever before. And when you do qualify, salaries are attractive – average starting salary is around £23K.

There are a number of routes into the teaching profession.

Provider Led:
This is a conventional PGCE course based at a university with placements available at John Kyrle High School. If this is the route you are interested in you should apply directly to the University of your choice.

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 these are spent in partnership schools.

Throughout the year a trainee’s experience in school is supported by taught strands and seminars at John Kyrle and the partnership institution.  In school, the professional development sessions are conducted by various members of staff with specialist skills and knowledge.  These may be experienced classroom teachers, subject leaders, the SEND Co-ordinator, teaching assistants, support staff, members of the Senior Leadership Team, or the School Training Manager/Professional Mentor.

School Direct:
John Kyrle High School is involved in partnerships with other Herefordshire schools through the Hereteach Alliance and the University of Worcester in providing non-salaried School Direct teacher training placements. The Hereteach Alliance offers training in a wide variety of subjects each year.

This training programme is similar in structure to the provider-led PGCE courses. The main difference will be the attachment each trainee will make with their home school.

The alliance is able to offer a large selection of subjects: computer science, design technology, (textiles and food technology) English, geography, history, mathematics, modern foreign language, physical education, religious education and science—biology, chemistry, and physics.

Why train in the Herefordshire Alliance (Hereteach):   logofinal_web

  • The guarantee of a job interview at the end of the course for vacant posts with the partner schools
  • A variety of teaching experiences in high quality schools
  • High retention rates for teachers & NQTs
  • Collaborative & positive relationship with the University of Worcester
  • Bursaries available up to £25K for some subjects

Please view the School Direct Applicant Handbook for further information or contact Kristian Phillips (Assistant Headteacher) if you would like to arrange to visit the school, on 01989 764358 or by email:


Useful contacts:

Fancy a career in teaching?

Hereteach Alliance.

University of Worcester Secondary PGCE

University of Gloucester Secondary PGCE

Gloucester Initial Teacher Education Partnership (GITEP)

Department of Education

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