Isle of Wight Initial Teacher Training

Primary IoW PGCE with QTS

In March 2017 we received additional funds from the DfE to support primary training and recruitment on the IoW. Working in partnership with IoW primary schools and the University of Portsmouth, we have successfully recruited 8 trainees for September 2018.

Join us and train on the Island whilst working in partnerships with an outstanding teaching school and HEI. On successful completion you will achieve a PGCE and QTS, validated by the University of Portsmouth.

Attend one of our Island based Train to teach events

Want to be a Primary teacher and train on the IoW? We have training vacancies from September 2019 UCAS Code 34JF

Come to our

virtual ‘Train to Teach’ information event


26/01/21, 5pm - 6pm

23/02/21, 5pm - 6pm

23/03/21, 5pm - 6pm

11/05/21, 5pm - 6pm

  • meet our IoW tutors and Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance Director
  • we have over 10 years’ shared experience delivering excellent School Direct teacher training
  • train in an IoW school 4 days a week
  • train 1 day a week on the island with experienced IoW Tutors
  • on successful completion gain a L6 PGCE with QTS
  • share best practice and resources with our partners the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, Solent Maths Hub and the University of Portsmouth

Further information contact: 

These events will give you the opportunity to receive advice and ask us questions about our programme, entry requirements and availability.

Find out further information on the steps you’ll need to complete via UCAS Teacher Training. Search UCAS for Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance 1DR code 34JF

Go to the UCAS portal Applications open on 9 October 2018 for places starting September 2019.

The training programme

The training is for one year and starts in September. Trainees are based in an Island school 4 days a week and attend Island based training on day 5. They will also have the opportunity to meet and train with their Portsmouth teacher trainee counterparts, so they can share practice, pedagogy and experiences.

Mark Snow Head teacher at Barton Primary School said

“Working with the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance, we have interviewed and recruited some really strong candidates including experienced Learning Support Assistants and Higher Level Teaching Assistants. It is encouraging that as an Island we are able to ‘Grow our own teachers’ for the future. At interview all candidates demonstrated their exciting potential to be excellent classroom practitioners. The interview process gives a real insight into the teaching profession and I look forward to seeing how our new recruits grow into the role”

Alison Attwell an HTLA who has successfully gained a salaried place

I started my journey towards teaching in 2014, enrolling as a full time (mature) student on the foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies. Supported by my Head teacher, I am just about to complete my BA (Hons) so I was well on the way to becoming a teacher. Then I heard teacher training had stopped on the Island for 2017, I was devastated. My prayers were answered when the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance (PTSA) confirmed that the Department for Education had given them a contract to support training on the Island. I am extremely fortunate that my school can support a salaried training place which allows me to train in my school and on the Island. It couldn’t be more perfect!