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St Thomas More

Catholic School

Initial Teacher Training

Why train with the St Thomas More Catholic Alliance?

A comprehensive programme of support

We offer an outstanding teacher training provision with a rigorous programme of support, coaching and mentoring. Consequently, trainees enjoy success and are well prepared for their Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year.  The two lead schools for Initial Teaching Training (ITT) in the alliance, both rated ‘Outstanding’ for Teaching and Learning, are able to ensure that all trainees are mentored by outstanding teachers.

A structured system of coaching, observations and cross-alliance continuing professional development (CPD) enables all trainees to learn from outstanding practitioners both inside and outside their subject specialism.


A personal approach

Our teacher training programme is designed to train participants to become outstanding teachers and leaders. We have developed close relationships with Canterbury Christ Church University, The Institute of Education (IoE) and Teach First and work closely with university tutors to support trainees. The design of the programme is dynamic and is informed by feedback from participants and university requirements.  On average, we take on around 30 School Direct participants each year, a large enough cohort so that participants can learn from each other but small enough to ensure that the training provision is personalised.  We also train student teachers from a range of other ITT routes.


A track record of outstanding teaching and learning

We have been involved with School Direct since it was first launched as a pilot programme.  Our emphasis on teacher training has positively influenced the teaching and learning culture of the alliance, underpinning the huge improvements we have made in all of our alliance schools over the past decade and our status as a National Teaching School. Our in-school training has been highly commended by our partner institutions, including the IoE and Teach First, who have used us a training base on several occasions.