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Learning on the job, you’ll benefit from being surrounded by experienced colleagues. School-led courses generally last one year and lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). Some courses also result in a Masters-level PGCE certificate.

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Where you can train in Buckinghamshire

Here in Bucks, there is a fantastic range of training schools and partnerships where you can start your career. Take a look and visit their websites to learn more. If you need any advice, just give us a call.

Ashmead School – based in Aylesbury, convenient for those living within Buckinghamshire, but also Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire

Astra Alliance – led by Dr Challoner’s Grammar School

Bedgrove Infant School – located in Aylesbury, has links with many schools in and around Buckinghamshire

Bourton Meadow Initial Teacher Training Centre – based in Buckingham

The Buckingham Partnership – led by the Royal Latin School (covering north Bucks including Buckingham)

Challoners High Bucks Hub – a partnership of schools in the south of the county and Hertfordshire

Chepping View Primary Academy – based in High Wycombe covering primary schools around High Wycombe, Marlow, Beaconsfield, Amersham and Great Missenden

Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance – Hertfordshire and south Bucks

Marlow and Maidenhead Learning Alliance – led by Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School

National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (NMAPS) – A network of state and independent schools led by Wycombe High School. Our High Wycombe Hub is currently working with schools in Buckinghamshire and the Oxford, Maidenhead and Reading areas.

Teaching Talent  – covering Chesham, High Wycombe and Marlow


How to apply

Search and apply for a training programme via UCAS Teacher Training.

Sign up to receive a free UCAS Teacher Training Pack here.


Financial support

There is lots of financial support available to help fund school-led training. Depending on your degree class and the subject you want to teach, you could be eligible for a generous tax-fee bursary or scholarship. If not, you’ll still have access to a tuition fee and maintenance loan to cover your training.

You could earn a salary by training on a School Direct (salaried) programme. If you’re already working at or have an existing relationship with a school and want to take the next step, then you may want to consider this route.

Trainees on the salaried programme are recruited and employed directly by schools, and often continue teaching in their school following training.

Alternatively, if you’re a graduate or career changer with a 2:1 or above, you could earn a salary with Teach First.


Find out more at Get Into Teaching