Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

We are the Lead School for the Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset (BPD) Teacher Training Partnership, which is a consortium of 16 schools offering initial teacher training in the secondary age range.

2195 Twynham 152We are accredited to deliver a full-time, one year teacher training course running from September to July. The successful completion of this training will bring with it the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) validated by the University of Winchester.

A distinctive feature of our training is the focus on carefully staged and appropriately supervised practical classroom experience within two contrasting secondary schools, which is further supported by academic and professional study delivered via central training.

Please see our Taster video below which explains more about how our current trainees are finding the course:

If you would like to book a place on one of our open mornings, please telephone us on 01202 402790 or follow this link.

Subjects Offered

The BPD Partnership offers courses in the following subjects through core and School Direct training programmes:

Art and Design
Computer Science
Design and Technology (Product Design)
Modern Foreign Languages (French, Spanish, German)
Sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Physics)

Other subjects may become available in response to needs identified by schools and subject to approval by the Department of Education. The BPD Partnership also offers a School Direct (Salaried) programme where a school has identified an appropriate need and trainee.

Partnership Schools

The schools in the Partnership are drawn from a range of different types of schools across the Bournemouth, Poole, Dorset and New Forest regions and include:

The Arnewood School, New Milton 
Avonbourne College, Bournemouth
Bournemouth School 
Bournemouth School for Girls
Corfe Hills School 
Ferndown Upper School
The Grange School, Christchurch 
Highcliffe School
Linwood School, Bournemouth 
Lytchett Minster School
Priestlands School, Lymington
St Edward’s RC CE School, Poole 
The Swanage School
Victoria Education Centre, Branksome
Other schools are welcome to join the Partnership. We are also able to support Primary Teacher Training. If you are interested in finding out more about our ITT provision please contact Roger Lister, the Programme Director, at

Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme

The course runs for 37 weeks from September to July. During this time, trainees will spend the majority of their time in school:

12 weeks are spent at the “First School”
18 weeks are spent at the “Main School”
7 weeks are spent on central and university-based training.
A short Special School experience is integrated into the school placements.

Central training is divided between Professional Studies (PS) and Subject Pedagogy (SP). The PS programme considers themes which apply across all subjects, such as behaviour management, assessment, SEN and pastoral work. The SP programme focuses on specific issues relating to the teaching of the subject in schools.
During the school placements, teaching experience commences with observation and builds gradually to a maximum of a 40% teaching commitment by Christmas. In the “Main School” this commitment will increase to around 60% of a full timetable.


Assessment for the award of QTS is based on the Teachers’ Standards. Formal assessment takes place at key points throughout the year. In addition to classroom observation this includes scrutiny of the trainee’s professional development portfolio (PDP) which records the trainee’s progress and is kept as an e-portfolio. Assessment for the award of PGCE requires, in addition to the QTS assessment, the completion of written academic assignments on both subject and general professional topics.

Professional Support

Trainees are supported by a Subject Tutor in school, who has responsibility for:
  • Support of trainees when based in school
  • Meeting weekly with trainees to discuss progress and set targets
  • Formative assessment of trainees’ practical work and portfolio
  • Advising on final assessment

Each subject also has a Lead Subject Tutor who, in addition to supporting Subject Tutors in their work, is responsible for the delivery of the SP programme and for the final assessment of trainees. Within each school there is also a Professional Tutor, who is a senior member of staff, often a Deputy or Assistant Head, who is responsible for supporting all trainees within the school.

Further support is provided by the Director, who acts as Partnership Manager, and by specialist support from university-based Curriculum Tutors. Further information is available from the Partnership Office on 01202 495708 or by email:



Finance Training bursaries are available in most subjects and are differentiated according to the subject applied for. 

Subject Bursary (Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2, PhD, or Masters)
Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Mathematics, Languages, Physics £26,000
Geography, Design & Technology £15,000
English £12,000
RE, Music, Art & Design, History £9,000


Please note that for PE, Dance, and other subjects not mentioned above, no bursary is available.

Chemistry, languages, mathematics and physics trainees will receive 3 additional early-career payments of £2,000 each (or £3,000 each if teaching in specified areas of England) in their second, third and fourth year of teaching, if they have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their teacher training course. These amounts are after tax, so teachers will receive the full amount as stated.

Tuition fees are set at £9250. Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England.

For further information on financial and other matters, please contact the SCITT Partnership Office on 01202 402790 or by email:

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirements are as follows:
  • An honours degree at 2.2 or above, the subject content of which must meet the requirements of the chosen subject specialism.
  • At least GCSE grade C/ grade 4 in English and Maths, or acceptable recognised equivalent.
In addition, we look for some practical experience with young people in the 11-18 age range. Further information on entry requirements may be found on the UCAS Teacher Training application system.

How to apply

All applications must be made through the UCAS Teacher Training system. Applications open in mid-October and may be made at any time throughout the year. Upon receipt of applications, the Partnership will consider each candidate against the entry requirements and those shortlisted will be invited to interview. Interviews will take place at a Lead School for the subject and will normally include interaction with pupils, a subject interview and a more formal panel interview.
If successful at interview, candidates may be made unconditional or conditional offers. Conditional offers may depend on the award of a degree for those in the final year of university. All offers are dependent on a satisfactory DBS and health clearance.

Further information is available from the Partnership Office on 01202 402790 or by email:

Latest News

Open Mornings

Open Mornings for Teacher Training Applicants will be held at Twynham School, Christchurch from 9.30 am – 12.00 pm on Tuesday 5th November, Monday 18th November, Wednesday 4th December, Thursday 12th December, Monday 13th January 2019, Friday 31st January 2020, Wednesday 12th February 2020, Tuesday 3rd March 2020, Thursday 26th March 2020, Wednesday 22nd April 2020 and Monday 11th May 2020.

The morning will include a tour of the school, a presentation of the teacher training programme and an opportunity to ask questions and meet staff and trainees.

To reserve your place on one of the dates, please book online at
or email