Teacher Training

School Direct Early Years Course Information Notes


The School Direct course we offer at Bedgrove Infant School has been developed in partnership with Bourton Meadow Academy. We will be building on their expertise in providing outstanding school-based initial teacher training programmes, leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Bourton Meadow ITTC is a fully accredited provider of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, enabling them to award QTS at the end of the course. They will also be working with Oxford Brookes University from September 2015, to enable us to award the PGCE upon completion of the training.




Bedgrove Infant School has been an Outstanding School, as judged by Ofsted, since 2008 and this rating was maintained in our most recent inspection in June 2013. We have a renowned reputation for our Early Years provision, making the best use of both the indoor and outdoor environments to stimulate children’s learning. We understand that teaching in the Early Years requires specific training focusing on the benefits of learning through play, the role of the adult and child development. We would like to support trainees in becoming the best Foundation Stage teachers they can be whilst enabling them to understand teaching and learning from 3 through to 7 years of age.


Bourton Meadow Initial Teacher Training Centre, attached to Bourton Meadow school, is an established provider of initial teacher training recognised by Ofsted as an outstanding provider in March 2014. It is ranked 4th out of 310 providers nationwide (3rd best Primary Provider) in the most recent Good Teacher Training Guide 2013, which is an independent report produced by the Centre for Education and Employment Research at the University of Buckingham.


Bedgrove Infant School, located in Aylesbury, has links with many schools in and around Buckinghamshire. It is ideally situated for school based training as it is accessible by good road and rail links from anywhere in Buckinghamshire and the towns on the edges of the adjoining counties of Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.


Bedgrove Infant School and Bourton Meadow ITTC will be working closely together in partnership to ensure trainees access the wealth of resources available from both of these outstanding providers.


The benefits of working with this partnership:


  • Opportunities to observe and work alongside outstanding teachers;
  • Experienced and supportive Teacher Tutors, Mentors and Training Managers;
  • Placements in Early Years classes to fully immerse in the EYFS environment;
  • Strong focus on practical experience and application of skills;
  • Personalised learning ensuring outstanding progress is made by all;
  • University-led learning, supported by Oxford Brookes University, leading to the award of a PGCE;
  • Growing partnership offering a diverse range of high-quality placements in both EYFS and KS1 classes;
  • Excellent employment opportunities across the partnership at the end of the training year;
  • ‘A key strength is the excellent centre-based training and outstanding school-based training in behaviour management, the teaching of phonics, reading, writing, mathematics and in developing trainees’ understanding of the new primary curriculum.’ (Ofsted 2014)   ABOUT THIS TRAINING PROVIDERAccommodationHowever, if you are relocating to the area there is a large number of estate agents here who will be able to advise you on suitable accommodation that is available. Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any specific child care facilities for students.schooldirect@bourtonmeadow.scho.org.uk or by phone on 01280 823374 (extension 7) Please see the information on the website: Due to the nature of the training programme, trainees will be required to travel to a range of partnership schools throughout the year and the weekly core training sessions are also held at various venues across the partnership.
  • Relying on public transport is not ideal, especially due to the rural location of some venues, so we encourage applicants who do not have their own car to carefully consider how they will travel to these destinations.
  • Transport
  • http://www.bourtonmeadowittc.co.uk/equal-opportunities
  • Disability
  • office@bedgroveinfant.co.uk or phone 01296 481353
  • However, we encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds so if you wish to discuss any issues surrounding childcare, please do not hesitate to contact either school at:
  • Childcare
  • Our current partnership schools are located in and around Aylesbury, Buckingham and Milton Keynes. This partnership is growing to include schools from adjoining counties also.
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to provide students with accommodation. 


Study facilities

The majority of our training sessions will be carried out in the Bedgrove Infant School Training Room, the Bourton Meadow Academy Study Room or the conference room at a hotel in Buckingham. This ensures that trainees can study in comfort, have adequate space to fully engage in the training, take part in practical activities and immediately put theory into practice by observing in operational classrooms.


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A British Bachelors Honours Degree, or equivalent qualification (Second class or above).


Candidates should note that entry onto the School Direct programme at Bourton Meadow is highly competitive and that successful candidates’ qualifications often exceed the stated minimum requirements.

If you studied outside the UK you should consult the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to the required UK qualifications. Written confirmation of this will be required before a conditional offer is made.



GCSE Grade C or above (or equivalent) in English, Maths and Science.


Professional Skills Test

Please see the information in the website below:




Work Experience

Before starting the course we also require you to have a minimum of ten days’ experience within a primary school, ideally in an Early Years class and within the last two years. This is to enable you to gain first-hand experience of a classroom environment and a small insight into the role of an Early Years teacher. It is an opportunity for you to ensure that this is the right career path for you and, if completed before applying, will also provide valuable experience you can draw on to strengthen your application and your performance at interview.


Fit to Teach Health Screening

Teachers, and those training to become teachers, need a high standard of physical and mental fitness to enter or remain in the teaching profession. Teaching is a demanding career, and teachers have a duty of care towards the pupils in their care.

You will, therefore, be asked to complete a medical questionnaire and a satisfactory assessment of your physical and mental health is one of the conditions of entry onto the course. It is important to disclose all health issues when completing the forms; many people with disabilities or long-term health issues will still be considered fit to teach.


Enhanced DBS check

All those who work with children or vulnerable adults are required to undertake a police clearance (Enhanced Disclosure) through the Disclosure and Barring Service (previously known as the Criminal Records Bureau).

You will be required to pass and enhanced DBS check prior to starting the course and any offer will be conditional on this.




Share our vision

Successful candidates will be working within the new partnership of Bedgrove Infant School and Bourton Meadow Initial Teacher Training Centre. It is vital that they share in our drive for excellence and commitment to high standards. Children remain at the heart of what we do and so we look for individuals who share this passion and genuine concern for the provision of the highest quality of education to which we believe all children are entitled.



Teaching is a very rewarding job but it is also very demanding. We look for individuals who are clearly committed to the end goal of becoming an outstanding teacher and who demonstrates the necessary characteristics and interpersonal skills too successfully achieve this goal. Determination, a positive outlook, the ability to accept and act upon constructive criticism, team work, organisation, time management, good communication and the ability to work under pressure are all vital skills we look for when selecting applicants.

Outstanding teachers never stop learning themselves so we look for individuals who have a passion for continuing their own learning and professional development. 



We are looking for talented and creative individuals who display a real passion for teaching. They should be both enthusiastic and creative in their approach, enabling them to inspire and motivate all children in the full range of subjects taught in primary schools.


Familiarity with Primary Schools

Choosing to pursue a career in teaching is a major step and not one that should be taken lightly.

We are looking for applicants with a good understanding of the pressures and rewards of working in a British Primary School, based on their own first-hand experience. This experience might be gained in a previous role or through recent work experience in a local school.



 A full list of essential characteristics and interpersonal skills









It is our aim to recruit only the highest quality applicants into the profession who have the capacity to become outstanding teachers.

For this reason we carry out a rigorous three-stage selection process.


Stage 1:

An application sift is carried out to check for minimum academic requirements as well as strong references.


Stage 2:

Applicants are invited to a selection day where they will take part in a range of activities including a presentation, group task, written tasks and a short teaching activity.


Stage 3:

A formal interview. This interview lasts approximately 20 minutes and consists of a series of questions which enable the applicant to share more information about their previous experiences and to elaborate of the skills they bring to the profession.


Throughout the whole selection process we look for evidence that the applicant has a thorough understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a class teacher and what this entails on a daily basis.


Following a successful formal interview a conditional offer is made. This offer is conditional on the applicant obtaining any pending qualifications (including the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests), an Enhanced DBS check and a ‘Fit to Teach’ health assessment.


Initial Teacher Training November 2016