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Teacher Training

Applications for training in September 2018 are now open. 

Spiral Partnership Trust works with Forest Independent Primary Collegiate (FIPC) to provide specialist training for primary teachers.  The one year post-graduate training leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and provides an excellent preparation for life in the classroom. The School Direct training route provides trainees with a balance of training and work experience which  includes;


  • 'on the job' school experience
  • formal training
  • coaching & mentoring
  • academic study


Trainees are based in one of our local 'home' schools.


Team work is an important element of this training, trainees will join their 'home' school team and work as part of a team of Spiral trainees. This is a challenging programme but our experience shows that it is without doubt the best way to prepare for real-life in the classroom.  From day one trainees will be part of the school team  in their "home school", working with excellent teachers who will support and develop their skills and knowledge as they progress to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  It is hoped that at the end of the year trainees will join our schools as Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), well prepared for life in the classroom and successful careers as primary teachers.


Students are based in their "home school" for the majority of their time where they work with a mentor teacher.  During the year trainees will also have a placement in a school which provides a contrasting setting.  Our growing training partnership of 10 schools in and around St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Welwyn and east Herts provide the opportunity to work in different schools during the course of the programme. Most Fridays are spent attending FIPC, where trainees have an assigned tutor and attend specialist training sessions to support their academic studies. 


We are looking for candidates who have a true vocation to be a teacher, who naturally enjoy working with children, are fascinated by how children learn and have the resilience and determination to deal with the challenges the job brings whilst appreciating the inspiring reward that making a difference to a child's life can bring. 


Applications are invited for our September 2018 cohort of the Schools Direct Initial Teacher Training Programme.  If you are interested in becoming one of our trainees begin by reading 'what is school direct training?' below and researching more about the FIPC School Direct Training at and then make an appointment to discuss your application with the headteacher of the school you would like to be your "home" school.


Many of our most successful candidates have previously worked with us as teaching assistants, we are keen to recruit new teaching assistants who would be interested in joining our 2019 or 2020 cohort of teacher trainees.


Dr Helen Tyler, the school direct programme leader at FIPC would be happy to discuss the programme and UCAS application process with individual trainees (tel; 07948373053).

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We have a new programme of apprenticeships.  If you are interested in an apprenticeship programme please register your interest using the 'contact us' option, describing what type of apprenticeship you would be interested in.