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Teacher Training

Teaching is wonderful.  No two days are the same and every day you have the opportunity to inspire students and shape young people's lives.  Teaching utilises a wide variety of skills and is a popular career choice for both graduates and career changers.

Find out more about teaching as a career

Get into Teaching is the Department for Education's portal for all information about entering the profession.  Their website includes information about eligibility, training routes, how to arrange pre-application school experience, how to apply for training, fees and funding and salary and benefits.

Pre-Application School Experience

Getting experience in school is essential before applying for Initial Teacher Training.  It will help you decide whether teaching is right for you, by allowing you to watch a range of lessons being taught to different age groups by different teachers, find out more about the pastoral role that schools play and meet and talk to teachers and students about school life.

The Knights Templar School welcomes requests to visit the school to gain pre-application school experience.  Any requests should be emailed to Mr J Sherry, Assistant Headteacher, including information about the subject you are interested in teaching and three dates for visits in preference order.

Teacher Training at The Knights Templar School

The Knights Templar School is committed to delivering Initial Teacher Training and developing future teachers and we work with the North Herts Teaching School Alliance and the University of Hertfordshire School of Education to deliver routes into teaching.

North Herts Teaching School Alliance

The Knights Templar School is part of the North Herts Teaching School Alliance which offers teacher training via the School Direct programme.



If you are interested in teacher training at The Knights Templar School please contact Mr J Sherry, Assistant Headteacher.  Applications are made via UCAS. As Hitchin Boys' School is the lead school within the Teaching School Alliance, this school's name or the provider code which is '1qy' should be entered under the 'provider' tab.

School Direct

Our School Direct programmes are delivered as part of the North Herts Teaching School Alliance and working with the University of Hertfordshire.

School Direct PGCE (unsalaried)

This is a fee-paying, unsalaried route. The student teacher is registered as a full-time PGCE student at the University of Hertfordshire. This includes working towards a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Level 7 (masters level) credits. Student teachers have applied directly to a school and, therefore, know the school in which they will undertake school-based training. The student teacher is supernumerary (an additional member of the team not employed by the school and not solely responsible for classes). This is the School Direct PGCE route (SD PGCE).

We offer unsalaried training positions in the following subjects and are currently recruiting for the 2022/23 recruitment cycle:

English; Mathematics; Biology; Chemistry; Physics; Computing; History; Geography; Religious Education; Music; Business Studies; French; German; Drama; Art; Design and Technology.

Fees for the School Direct PGCE (Unsalaried) are £9250.  Help with funding may be available from the government and more information on this is available here on the Get into Teaching website

School Direct Salaried

This is an employment-based route. The student teacher is employed by The Knights Templar School and registered as a part-time student at the University of Hertfordshire. SDS student teachers may have been appointed as supernumerary, partially supernumerary or not supernumerary. This route leads to a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This is the School Direct Salaried route (SDS).

We are also currently recruiting for salaried training positions for the 2022/23 recruitment cycle in the following subjects:

Chemistry; Mathematics; Physics.

The School Direct applicant cycle closes on Monday 27th June 2022, with final interviews scheduled for Friday 1st July 2022.

Registration on either programme is subject to the successful outcome of all entry requirements and suitability checks being met.  You can find out more about these by clicking here.

University of Hertfordshire School of Education

The Knights Templar School works closely with the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in providing placements for trainee teachers who are completing the university-led Postgraduate Certificate of Education Secondary course.  Further information about this course can be found on the School of Education's website.

The Knights Templar School is proud to be one of a group of schools which deliver the university's School-Led Developing Professional Practice programme and welcomes trainees from a variety of secondary placements on a regular basis to develop their understanding of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Assessment for Learning and differentiation.