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Postgraduate Primary ITT Programmes – University of Reading

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Postgraduate Primary ITT Programmes

Please note our PGCE Primary courses are now closed for 2021 applications. Primary School Direct is still open.

Thank you for your interest in our primary initial teacher training programmes.

We hope that the resources, links and information that you find here will help you to understand how our programmes work and what they would offer you on your journey towards qualified teacher status.

On this page you will find information about our two postgraduate programmes: Primary School Direct and the university-led Primary PGCE programme. These are both tried and tested programmes, highly successful and recruiting and training primary teachers to work in primary and Special Education Needs settings. Both programmes take pride in the pastoral care we provide to our trainees, the strength of our relationships with our partner schools, and the depth and breadth of the experiences they take with them from the programmes into their chosen career.

If you have any unanswered questions after exploring the content on this page, please don't hesitate to contact Dr Catherine Foley at . We look forward to hearing from you!

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Information presentation - Primary Postgraduate ITT programmes

This presentation talks you through key information about the two programmes we offer, to support you in identifying the right course for you.

PGCE Primary Programme

Benefit from our combination of leading academics, high-quality school placements, and university-led study. With a Primary PGCE from the Institute of Education, the vast majority of our students will be employed before they graduate.

Primary School Direct

The School Direct programme enables you to gain a school-led teaching qualification whilst working in close partnership with the Institute of Education. You can choose the qualified teacher status only option or opt-in to gaining a PGCE qualification. Watch the video to find out more about the benefits of the programme and how it could work for you.

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Early Years Teacher Status

We also have routes for those wanting to work with children aged birth to five years old in an early years setting.

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