What we offer

Exeter Consortium represents the schools in Exeter and offers School Direct Initial Teacher Training in its Primary and Secondary Schools in partnership with The University of Exeter and South West Teacher Training SCITT.

There is tremendous expertise in ITT in the city, and our routes towards QTS provide a personalised programme with placements and training based in exceptional schools, working with outstanding practitioners.

More than 40 very different schools belong to our organisation, large and small, inner city and suburban. Together they present a wide range of settings that offer the exciting challenges on which excellence in teacher education thrives!

The qualification we offer is a PGCE with The University of Exeter or SWTT. This route to the PGCE will provide you with the opportunity to work with like-minded trainees on an exciting programme designed by us to address individuals’ needs and based exclusively in local schools.

Taster sessions for our Primary (5-11) and Early Years (3-7) PGCE programmes are held in member schools, and you are warmly invited to come along to meet colleagues and discuss your plans. These events take place on a regular basis so please email louise@exeterconsortium.com or call 01392 927171 for more information.

How is School Direct different?

Your training begins in your “Home School” where you will be based for the first weeks of the Autumn term and at regular intervals thereafter. You will spend more time in school than other trainees on conventional PGCE programmes. Academic study will take place at The University of Exeter or SWTT, together with trainees following their programmes.

For the Spring term your “Home School” becomes your first placement school for around 5 weeks. The remaining 6 weeks of this term are spent in your second placement school in Exeter, typically working with a different Key Stage. For the Summer term you return to your Home School and work on placement here until the end of the term which marks the end of the programme. During these placements occasional returns are made to the University or SWTT for further academic support.

Our aim is to select, train and recruit outstanding individuals who want to become part of the next generation of excellent practitioners for Exeter’s schools.

We want to provide our local schools with exceptional new teachers, trained in our own schools with a clear understanding of the nature and character of the challenges they face, prepared and equipped to further raise standards of achievement for all of the city’s children!

What are the specific benefits to you?

  • More time is spent in school. You’ll work across the system and develop a really good understanding of how these complicated organisations actually work!
  • Placements will be within Exeter and carefully chosen to suit your particular individual needs and circumstances. We know our schools really well!
  • Well placed to fill the vacancies which arise in our schools - a significant percentage of our trainees were much sought after and secured jobs in Exeter before finishing the programme!
  • Regular opportunities to engage with the very successful CPD programme - provided by Exeter Consortium for its schools and teachers
  • Access to a range of different schools where excellent practitioners will be available to work alongside!
  • Opportunity to join Exeter Supply Partnership, our own teacher supply service focused on developing, nurturing and retaining the best teaching talent for all of our schools and actively promoting education excellence. Our pool of supply teachers is highly regarded by member schools and many use it to recruit new teachers on full or part time contracts.