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Want to train to be a teacher starting September 2022?

We continue to welcome applications for the unsalaried training route. During the current period of restrictions, recruitment may be carried out by video conferencing, if you wish to be considered please ensure we have your  application as soon as possible.  

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).  At the end of the training year we aim for all of our trainees to stay with us and join our schools as Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), well prepared for life in the classroom and looking forward to 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 2021 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.  Further information and details of how to apply can be found at Find postgraduate teacher training


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 2021 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; 07948 373053).

What is School Direct Training

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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.

Business Support Apprentice 2017-2019

When I finished my A-Levels, I decided that becoming an Apprentice was the best option for me, as I wanted to complete another qualification alongside gaining valuable work experience. I started my apprenticeship with the Spiral Partnership Trust in October 2017 and completed my Level 3 in Business and Administration in 18 months.


Completing my qualification allowed me to become more knowledgeable about how a business works, and the aspects involved in different administration roles within an office. I was able to complete my coursework within my working hours and had lots of support from West Herts College, my colleagues and my manager.


During my time here, I have worked with the business and leadership teams in all six of our schools, and I primarily work within the central function team. Gaining knowledge and expertise from a range of different people has allowed me to become more confident within my own ability. My finance and HR knowledge has improved considerably and it has lead me to make a decision about my future career path. I am now progressing on to complete my Level 4 accountancy apprenticeship with AAT.


Victoria Thompson