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Why Choose Halterworth Partnership Teacher Training?

The Halterworth Teaching School Partnership ITT programme has a well established reputation and has trained over 100 teachers (formerly Halterworth Consortium ITT).

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We work with a strong group of schools largely located in the southern Test Valley which has been praised by Ofsted and Winchester University for the high quality Initial Teacher Training delivered to students over many years. Our training programmes cover the age ranges of 4 to 19 years (Primary & Secondary).  We ensure that our teachers understand the need to secure positive transitions between primary and secondary. We also have very strong links with the Isle of Wight and are training 11 teachers for 2018-19 as part of a unique programme so that Island colleagues are able to learn alongside mainland trainees whilst having their school experience in a local school.

We are now looking to meet potential trainees who wish to apply from October onwards to begin the programme in September 2019. There are a range of opportunities available to meet and talk about training with us and also receive specific advice on submitting a strong application, please see below.

A list of our School Direct Partner schools is here, click on each one to visit their website.

We 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)
  • Opportunities for experience of cross phase training

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

Partnership with the University of Winchester

Our School Direct Programme has been designed by our partner schools alongside the University of Winchester.  Successful completion of the course leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and credits towards a Masters Degree.

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.

Entry Requirements

Qualities of prospective trainees

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 primary school teacher, you must have:

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

Other entry requirements:

  1. 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 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. The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. You can book up to two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for this yourself. When you take the tests you will need to provide proof that you have applied for a teacher training course. You can find information about the skills tests, what’s in them and where to book one on the National College for Teaching and Leadership website: National College for Teaching and Leadership – Professional skills tests
  2. Enhanced background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This will be done by Winchester University or the School that employs you if you are salaried.

See the DBS website for information about checks:
Disclosure and Barring Service

Applying for School Direct

Recruitment for a September 2019 start will open in October 2018. Please check social media and this page for more information. 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 where they will be expected to:

Primary candidates

  • be interviewed by a representative  from Partnership schools and Halterworth Teaching School Partnership and a representative from Winchester University
  • make a 5-minute presentation on an educational topic of your choice to a small group of Headteachers and students
  • 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 / spend some time in 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. All trainee teachers will be released from their school one day a week to receive specific training at Halterworth, one of the partner schools or at Winchester University. In addition to their main placement, all trainee teachers will undertake a second school contrasting experience in the spring term for up to 6 weeks. For Isle of Wight applicants, there is the option of both placements being within our Isle of Wight Partnership schools and we pay for all transport including ferry and taxi to Friday training days.


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 SD students to be considered for teaching vacancies in our group of schools.


For more information on Teacher salaries please see: salary/teacher-salaries

The main salary scale is from £22,917 to £33824 a year. Teachers who reach the top of the main salary scale may be able to progress to the higher scale. This ranges from £35,927 to £38,633.

There are also separate scales for teachers who have advanced skills or progress into leadership roles, and additional payments for those who take on extra responsibilities. See details of all the salary scales on the Department of Education website.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

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