There are an increasing number of ways to train as
a qualified primary teacher. Use the left-hand menu to explore
the different routes available.
Qualified teacher status
Teaching in mainstream schools in England is a
graduate profession, with teachers expected to hold
QTS is awarded at the end of an ITT programme or course to
candidates meeting all 33 of the professional standards set by the
The award must then be ratified following an induction period,
in most cases one year, as an
working in a school.
Qualifying to teach primary
Primary teachers teach all subjects and therefore training is
generalist. As all Key Stage 2 pupils will be entitled to
learn a foreign language from 2010, primary
courses take this new
curriculum element into account. In addition, a number of
providers now offer the opportunity to train with primary languages as a
Every teacher trains to teach at least two Key Stages. In
primary, this usually means Key Stages 1 and 2 (ages 5-11 years).
Other options include teaching Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1
(early years, ages 3-7 years) or Key Stages 2 and 3 (middle years,
ages 7-14 years).
The TDA website provides comprehensive
information about teacher training. For further advice, contact
their the TDA teaching advice line: