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Why Choose Halterworth Teaching School Partnership?

The Halterworth Teaching School Partnership School Direct Programme has a well established reputation for highly successful Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

We are a strong partnership of schools including Infant, Junior, Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form College provision. Our Schools are in the southern half of the Test Valley and on the Isle of Wight. A list of our School Direct Partner schools is here, click on each one to visit their website.

We have an established reputation for highly successful Initial Teacher Training (ITT), Continued Professional Development (CPD) and School to School support work. Salaried and training (non-salaried) places are available, depending on experience.  We have been a lead school for training teachers via the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) and now the School Direct route for the past nine years and work in close collaboration with the University of Winchester.

Our Isle of Wight training offer

We have close links with schools on the Isle of Wight and are training eleven students in 2018-19 as part of a unique programme through which Island colleagues are able to learn alongside mainland trainees whilst having their school experience in a local school.  We are a very popular choice with applicants as we offer four days training in an Isle of Wight school and a training day on the mainland.  Transport to the mainland each Friday is fully funded including travel on the Redjet from West Cowes  and ongoing taxi transport to your training destination either at Winchester University or one of our Partnership mainland schools

Halterworth Teaching School Partnership School Direct offer

  • training provided by the very best and experienced teachers within our schools
  • personalised coaching and support – we are very aware that people start teacher training from many different aspects of life
  • professional academic support from a university lecturer
  • schools who are committed to growing the best future teachers possible
  • high standards of achievement in our schools
  • children who are enthusiastic learners
  • at least two different school based experiences within our group
  • ongoing support to develop your teaching career with ongoing training for newly and recently qualified teachers (NQT and RQT)

By the end of the programme, trainee teachers will be expected to have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the Teaching Standards.

The Teaching Standards are:

  1. Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge pupils
  2. Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils
  3. Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge
  4. Plan and teach well-structured lessons
  5. Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils
  6. Make accurate and productive use of assessment
  7. Manage behaviour effectively to ensure a good and safe learning environment
  8. Fulfil wider professional responsibilities
  9. Demonstrate consistently high standards of personal and professional conduct

Successful completion of our School Direct Training leads to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and credits towards a Masters level qualification.

This year we have 37 Primary students training with us, including 11 students from the Isle of Wight. Students are always placed in classes with experienced teachers who receive regular mentor training in conjunction with Winchester University, and experience teaching in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.  We pride ourselves on tailoring the programme to meet individual needs as we recognise that our students come from many different starting points and have gained a wide variety of skills prior to training as teachers.

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Course Information

Entry requirements

We are looking for committed and dedicated people who can demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills and who can work as part of a team.  All applicants need the ability to use their initiative and be resilient when working under pressure.  We are looking for trainee teachers who are passionate about making a difference and who think deeply about their practice, actively seeking advice and guidance in order to be the very best they can be.

To train as a teacher you must have:

  • achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C or above in GCSE  English Language, Mathematics (and Science for Primary)
  • achieved a UK undergraduate degree (minimum 2:2 for our programme) or a recognised equivalent qualification.  If you studied outside of the the UK, click here for the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website regarding equivalent qualifications.

Other entry requirements

Teacher Skills Tests

If you are thinking of applying for a teacher training course, you will need to take the Numeracy and Literacy Skills Tests as part of the application process and ensure that you have passed them both before the start of the course.  You must submit an application for a teacher training course before you can take the skills tests, and provide proof of this when you take the tests.  For more information about the skills tests, what’s in them and how to book, go to the DfE website

DBS check

Enhanced background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will be done by Winchester University or the school that employs you if you are salaried.  Click here for more information.

Halterworth Primary School has been judged outstanding and previously excellent over 15 years and was designated a National Support School in 2010.  The University of Winchester is rated as outstanding by Ofsted for its Initial Teacher Training provision and in the most recent National Student Survey it was ranked in the top ten universities in England.  Our feedback from students, mentors and Winchester University is always positive, with 100% of the students saying that they would recommend us to others.

Exit Survey Quotes from Graduates of Halterworth TSP

‘The School Direct year has been very intense but the best possible introduction to life as a teacher. I don’t think that I could have been better prepared for my NQT year and feel excited and (mainly!) confident about having my own class in September.’

‘Overall it has been a hard but a very worthwhile year and I believe it is certainly one of the best routes into teaching with the hands- on practical approach to learning.

‘This was an incredibly enjoyable, informative and beneficial experience and one that I would (and already have) recommended to people who wish to train to teach.’

‘A very full on and enjoyable course … great info from Halterworth and always well prepared for the upcoming training .’ 2016-17 students

Applying for a place

We are now looking to meet potential trainees who wish to apply from October onward to begin the programme in September 2019.  All applications must be made via UCAS.  When you apply you will need to search UCAS for code 1A8 Halterworth Teaching School Partnership, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 9AD.

Selecting Trainees

Following successful application through UCAS, all applicants are invited to attend an interview day.  Our planned interview dates are:

Monday 12th November

Thursday 29th November

Wednesday 12th December

At interview candidates will:

Primary candidates

  • be interviewed by a representative from Partnership schools and Halterworth Teaching School Partnership and a representative from Winchester University
  • be observed working with a group of children
  • complete a short written task

Secondary candidates

  • be interviewed by a representative from Partnership schools and Halterworth Teaching School Partnership and a representative from Winchester University
  • meet with a pupil panel
  • complete a mini teaching activity
  • meet with the subject lead and spend some time in a relevant department
  • complete some written tasks

If successful at interview, a place on the programme will be offered.  We are usually able to name a school in which you will be based at this point.

Placements within schools

All trainees will be assigned a main school where they will be training and learning on the job.  They will be released from their school one day a week to receive specific training here, at one of our Partnership schools or at Winchester University.  In addition to their main placement, all trainee teachers will undertake a second school contrasting placement in the spring term for 6 weeks.


School Direct is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.  All previous successful trainees who have wished to teach on completion of the course, have secured employment at the end of the programme.  Where possible we look to provide opportunities for School Direct students to be considered for teaching vacancies in our group of schools.


For more information on teacher salaries please click here to visit the Get into Teaching website.