Employment-based initial teacher training (EBITT)

Employment-based Initial Teacher Training (EBITT) gives trainees the opportunity to work in a school/setting whilst completing their individual teacher training programme. Trainees are paid during their training as unqualified teachers.

Graduate Employment Based Route leading to Early Years Teacher Status This is a part time course for practitioners who are graduates and work in early years settings. Successful completion leads to reccomendation of Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).
Salaried School Direct Trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher in school whilst they train. This route is for career changers only. Successful completion leads to reccomendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Assessment Only QTS Programme (Primary/Secondary) This route is 12 weeks in durection and is for highly experienced but unqualified teachers who have at least 2 years experience of working in an English school. Successful completion leads to reccomendation of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

National Award for Special Educational Needs (SEN) ‌Coordination (SENCO)

This programme is mandatory for newly qualified SENCOs, but is also highly relevant for experienced SENCOs and a valuable option for Continued Professional Development (CPD), resulting in a PGCE and 60 credits towards a Masters degree. 

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General Teacher Training Information

Preparing for teacher training

View our Preparing for Initial Teacher Training Application and Interviews advice document.

There are many ways that you can prepare for teacher training. We have put together a list of things that you can do and courses that you can take to support your application.

Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before the start of the course. If you are offered a place following an interview, you will have to pass both skills tests as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts.

We also offer support with the taking and passing of the professional skills tests. To find out more about the kind of support we offer, please follow this link to our webpage.


For any enquiries about School Direct please e-mail education-enquiries@wlv.ac.uk