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Primary Expansion Partnership – Bath Spa University

We've been awarded DfE funding to deliver an innovative new teacher training partnership – and help bring even more exceptional new teachers into the areas that need them most

Following commitments made in the Government’s social mobility action plan, the Department for Education (DfE) ran a competitive tender amongst Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers to expand their provision into challenging areas for teacher recruitment – including schools not currently involved in ITT that are Ofsted Category 3 or 4.

We're hugely pleased to have been successful in our tender to run a pilot scheme from September 2019 that allows trainees to join our Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Primary courses – in partnership with the West Somerset Academies Trust and Bristol schools within the E-Act Multi-Academy Trust.

As a Primary teacher trainee at Bath Spa, not only do you get to train on our exciting Primary PGCE programmes with QTS, but by opting into the pilot, you're able to train in schools local to you (rather than those that are close to the University) – and access an exclusive bursary of up to £1,500 to support your training.

“Bath Spa University has an excellent track record of recruiting talented people into the teaching profession, further building on the 450,000 teachers already in our schools. This extra funding will boost the number of teachers training in the areas that need them most, equipping them with the skills to help every child fulfil their potential.”

Nick Gibb, School Standards Minister

As part of the pilot, we're creating two new ‘clusters’ of schools that you can opt to train in for the duration of your studies:

  • The West Somerset Cluster – works with schools across Minehead, Williton and Watchet
  • The E-Act Bristol Cluster – works with schools across Bristol.

Perhaps you live near one of these areas and would like to develop your career within your local community, or perhaps you just relish the challenge of working with schools with diverse and unique needs. Whatever your reason, if you want to make a difference to the lives of the children and young people you encounter – from day one of your training – we're looking for you.

“Training with Bath Spa University alongside support from our school has been a great route into teaching.”

Rory File, Trainee within West Somerset Academies Trust

If you apply for or opt in to one of these clusters for your training, you'll become a part of the school community – immersing yourself in the ethos of these schools, and helping to ensure that all of the young people you work with have the very best opportunities to succeed and progress. You'll also prepare yourself for a hugely rewarding and successful teaching career.

You'll receive specialist support throughout your training by both your mentor in the schools and through the University, preparing you to meet the challenges and helping you to succeed – every step of the way.

How do I apply?

Applications to this pilot are through UCAS. When you submit an application for our PGCE Primary and Early Years programme, simply state in your application that you're specifically interested in joining either the West Somerset or E-Act Bristol cluster.

Entry requirements for the scheme are exactly the same as our wider Primary and Early Years programme – please refer to the course pages for more information.

More information

If you would like to discuss this new provision in more detail, please contact

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