The Wessex Schools Training Partnership (WSTP) is a provider of School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) in Dorset.  We are committed to providing high quality teacher training in order to provide a source of well qualified secondary school teachers in the Poole and Bournemouth area.

Our Vision

To produce a NQT who having successfully completed a programme of ITT can function as an effective facilitator of children's learning, is committed to professional development and reflection and is able to engage collaboratively with colleagues and agencies engaged in education.

WSTP offers a school based alternative to the traditional university based route for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in secondary schools. The training programme lasts for one year.  It is based on gaining practical teaching experience in the classroom.  This is underpinned by a wealth of support from experienced professionals who provide mentoring, seminars and tutorials to develop the skills needed to teach effectively.  

Trainees will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or PGCE via Bath Spa University (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) by the end of the programme.

All training will be carried out within the partnership schools. Bath Spa seminars will be delivered at Poole High School.


Partnership Schools

Our teacher training placements are spread across the partnership schools.  During the interview process placement schools will be discussed and decisions will be based on the applicants previous experience ensuring a diverse teaching experience is provided during training.

Poole High School  - Lead School
Poole Grammar School & St Edwards RC CE VA School
Canford School & Carter Community School
The Blandford School & Parkstone Grammar School 

Magna Academy & Lytchett Minster School 

Glenmoor & Winton Academies 

Do I need teaching experience?

WSTP would prefer to consider applicants who have some experience of working with young people, though this is not essential.  The application will be strengthened if any of the following are included:

Experience of teaching or training young people and/or adults.
Working as a Teaching Assistant of a Cover Supervisor.
Voluntary work with young groups e.g. Guides or Scouts.
Acting as a classroom helper or teacher's aide.

Our partnership schools are more than happy to welcome potential teachers into the classroom to observe lessons and the school day.  If you would like to arrange this please contact Kirstin Brooks -

Information for potential applicants

Poole High School and Wessex Schools Training Partnership, as an accredited provider of initial teacher education will be offering the School Direct training programme.

Poole High School works in very close partnership with local schools to deliver School Direct.

Our next training programme will run from September 2015 to July 2016.

Our tuition fees for non-salaried places are £9,000.  

If you have any queries, please contact Kirstin Brooks by phone on 01202 662038 or by email and we will do our very best to help you.

What does the training involve

WSTP offers 'on the job' training through a well structured programme that has been designed around gaining classroom experience  in two different schools within the partnership.

WSTP will secure your school placements within the partnership schools and provide a laptop for the duration of the training.

In addition to the classroom experience, the training is supported by professionals, who through a series of seminars and tutorials will help trainees to develop the skills to teach effectively.  Each trainee will be assigned their own mentor who will guide the trainee through the course.  Also visiting tutors will provide additional pedagogic support and advice through formal observations and feedback sessions.

The training programme and the outcomes will be moderated by the Bath Spa University  to ensure consistency of provision.

Trainee Comments

I feel well prepared to undertake my NQT year and absolutely love teaching - Trainee 2015

Practical application of research and assignment was really useful and helped progress my development with new ideas and theories - Trainee 2015

I felt well placed to deliver curriculum requirements and literacy expectations thanks to a combination of specific seminars own research and practical experience prior to commencing the course - Trainee 2015

The programme is fantastic and allows student teachers to take ownership of groups and teaching styles.  The support and guidance from all involved is outstanding - Trainee 2015

The practical elements of the course and being on placement with experienced teachers was very useful - Trainee 2015

The best bit is starting your main placement and having responsibility for your own classes.  It means the students might not even work out that you're a trainee and you get to experience what it's really like to be at teacher from the word go! - Trainee 2012

What a fantastic course! While on the WSTP training course I found that I was well equipped and ready to face the challenges of working in a modern day school, and provided an excellent classroom learning experience. From the theory to the in school placements, there was clear information and targets set, with friendly staff around who were always happy to help - Trainee 2011

My main placement was at St Edwards School where I am still currently in employment. The staff there were welcoming and helpful and had been well prepared by the training partnership with how to cater for new trainees. Although you have to hit the ground running there is plenty of support from mentors, visiting mentors, administration staff and course organisers on a range of topics. The training course was enjoyable as your were part of a small but dedicated cohort who were all experiencing the same stresses and strains that this provided another support system.

I felt at the end of the course I was ready to start my NQT year full of knowledge, experience and inspiration which the course provides, and I feel I have been given all the tools to develop into an outstanding teacher.

History Trainee 2013

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