Part Time Programme

Our new and innovative part-time Tuition fee programme contains all the elements of our full-time programmes but has been carefully designed to fit into 3 days a week over an 18 month period. The 3 days are WednesdayThursday and Friday each week across the full length of the programme.

Being enrolled on a Tuition fee Part-time programme means that you are classed as a part-time student, Associate Teachers (trainees) are not given sole responsibility for classes though you will build up to teaching and planning with the help of you School-based Mentor. As with our other programmes, Associate Teachers on the part-time route are also able to a master’s level PGCE to their programme, this element is optional and will be taken in the first year of the programme.

As we work with a large number of schools in Oxfordshire we are able to be very flexible in our placement arrangements so if you have any specific concerns or a preference for an area of Oxfordshire then you can let us know during the recruitment and selection process. We will always try to accommodate preferences but cannot make any guarantees. Potential applicants often develop a relationship with an individual school directly and this is an excellent way to operate if you have a specific geographical area in mind.

The deadline for applications for 2018-19 part-time, Tuition fee programmes is the beginning of June 2019.


8th – 12th  July 2019: Orientation and Induction Week

  • Part-time Associate Teachers will attend at least 3 days, and ideally all 5.

September 2019 – October 2019: The Rapid Development Programme

  • During the RDP you will attend the 2 days a week of central training with the rest of the cohort and 1 day in your placement school.

November 2019 – July 2020

  • 3 days a week mostly spent in your main placement school with ongoing central and subject specialist training sessions.

September 2020 – December 2020

  • 3 days a week in your second placement school with the option of attending central and subject specialist training sessions if appropriate.

Programme Codes and Financial Information

The fees for our Tuition fee Part-time School Direct programme are £7,750 for QTS and £9,250 for QTS with PGCE, the same as the full-time programme, and the cost of this will be spread across the 18 months. Scholarships and bursaries are available for some programmes, depending on the degree classification. Please note that the financial award is based on the ITT programme you undertake (i.e. subject you will teach) and not the subject content of your degree.

Tuition fee loans are available from student finance/ Student Loans Company. There are also other financial support options for some applicants depending on circumstances, such as childcare grants, special support grants.

About Our Programmes

All our programmes are very highly regarded by those who have trained or are training with us, and crucially also by the Headteachers that recruit teachers who have trained on them. Our programmes are designed and led by practicing teachers who really understand what you need in order to become a successful and confident practitioner who will thrive in their career in the classroom, and potentially beyond, as a school leader.

If you are going to be a school teacher why learn how to do it anywhere other than in schools? Of course, this approach doesn’t mean that you simply learn to copy one particular school’s approach or system, in fact the reverse is true. Everyone who trains with us has two placements, as well as opportunities to experience teaching and learning in a wide range of other settings, in order to develop a deep understanding of the diversity that exists within our education system. Our flexible approach also means that we are often able to arrange bespoke placements, experiences and learning opportunities for individual Associate Teachers who are keen to develop particular skills or areas of interest.

Our Central Training sessions cover all the essential aspects required to become a successful teacher and are designed and delivered by expert and highly credible practitioners. Our programmes are carefully designed to ensure that through your school practice, central training and focused personal reflection you develop the necessary skills as well as a sophisticated understanding in order to be a great teacher.


‘Central training makes an excellent contribution to trainees’ development as new teachers.’ Ofsted Inspection report 2017.


Coherence and relevance are the key criteria we apply when designing our programmes and so we draw on the latest national and international evidence base when determining how best to prepare you for your career as a teacher. This also means that our fantastic school-based mentors know and understand the programme, but also how to be highly effective in their mentoring role.

Great teaching and great schools are based on great relationships and by training with us you will immediately be connected with some great networks.  Central to our approach to training and development is the importance of reflection; we make sure that you have good people around you to support with this so that you can explore your own developing identity as a teacher.

Possibly the most important networks in your training year are the ones in your placement schools. All our trainees are called ‘Associate Teachers’ so that from the outset you are recognised as a teacher, not a ‘trainee’ or ‘student’ who is only dropping in for a few weeks, therefore the staff, the students and the wider school community will all see you as part of that network.


‘Partnership leaders and staff know trainees extremely well and are attentive to their professional development, performance and well-being throughout the programme. As a result, trainees feel completely supported and challenged.’ Ofsted Inspection report 2017.