Initial Teacher Training

The Wellington College Teaching School Partnership (WCTSP) is supported in the provision of Initial Teacher Training (ITT) by its partners via School Direct, the school-led route into teaching .

111 teachers have been trained In the first three years of schools offering School Direct.


The School-Based Route into Teaching

School Direct

If you are looking for a career in teaching and you have a degree you can apply for one of our School Direct places. These positions are a great way to have your training supported by experienced teachers as you will be placed directly with one of our schools. Success in your training may help you find a job in one of our partner schools as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT).

These programmes are generally full-time (in line with the school term dates) and last for one year. For a large part of the year you will be placed with your main school, and as with the traditional university based route into teaching , the training includes lectures, tutorials and seminars with one of our accredited universities: either the University of Reading , University of Oxford or the Open University depending on the subject you are applying for. A second placement in another school within the partnership group of schools (that you are recruited by) will take place later in the year.

Qualified Teacher Status

School Direct

Training Options

All courses lead to a QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) recommendation and many also lead to a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) qualification. There are two School Direct training options:

School Direct Training Programme (fee based)

  • The majority of our positions fall into this category.
  • These places are for high-quality graduates who would like to train to be a teacher in one of our schools.
  • Although placed in a school, you are not an employee but a trainee, following a programme similar to that in Universities.
  • You’ll pay fees but may be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £30,000. Scholarships are available in some subjects worth up to £30,000

School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

  • This is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates.
  • You will have at least three years’ work experience.
  • You are employed directly by one of our schools as an unqualified teacher.
  • You will earn a salary while you train.
  • You don’t have to pay tuition fees.

School Direct


Wokingham Secondary Federation’s availability of places for 2020-21.

A group of our partner schools in the Wokingham area in Berkshire operate together as the Wokingham Secondary Federation. These schools offer outstanding opportunities in initial teacher training in a wide range of subjects.

The table below shows the School Direct positions available. For the most up-to-date list of availability, please visit the Wokingham Secondary Federation website.

Subject No University Qualification
Art 5 Reading University PGCE
Biology 6 Reading University PGCE
Chemistry 6 Reading University PGCE
Computer Science 4 Reading University PGCE
Design & Technology 3 Reading University PGCE
Drama 6 Reading University PGCE
Salaried English 4 Reading University QTS*
English 7 Reading University PGCE
Geography 7 Oxford University PGCE
History 7 Reading University PGCE
MFL 5 Reading University PGCE
Maths 7 Reading University PGCE
MFL 5 Reading University PGCE
Music 4 Reading University PGCE
Physics 5 Reading University PGCE
PE 3 Reading University PGCE
Religious Education 5 Oxford University PGCE



For queries relating to the WCTSP or to contact the Head of the Teaching School, please use the following:

The Teaching School
Wellington College
Dukes Ride
RG45 7PU