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South West Teacher Training - PGCE Course Provider in Devon - Details of 2015 - 2016 Courses now available including School Direct places with West Exe School and the Exeter Consortium. UCAS Applications for 2015 - 2016 open October 28th 2014.

Ofsted Report published 21 January 2014 - SWTT judged to be 'Good' in all areas 

Taster Day - Thursday 23rd April 2015 9.15 - 2.30 at West Exe School.  Find out whether secondary teaching is for you and how you can train. For further details or to confirm your attendance contact us at



South West Teacher Training is a School Centred Teacher Training Provider based in Exeter and established in 1993. We are a high quality Secondary Provider (11-16) with training places across the following subjects for 2015 - 2016:


SWTT Consortium

The SWTT Partnership involves 20 successful secondary schools based in Devon. The lead school is West Exe School in Exeter, where much of the central training is based. The scheme is managed by a group of governors and  headteachers that make up the Consortium Management Board. The consortium has been successfully operating School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Courses since 1993 and has subject routes in Design & Technology, Modern Foreign Languages, Computer Science and Science. For 2014 - 2015  Maths and English were added to the subjects offered via School Direct places with West Exe Technology College and Exeter Consortium. Geography and Computer Science School Direct places are also available for 2015 - 2016.

Course Overview

The SWTT Consortium's PGCE programme with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is validated by Bath Spa University and is designed for teaching the secondary age range (11-16 years), with 16+ enhancement.

West Exe School is the Lead School and training base. It has modern training and teaching facilities where trainees will have access to 'state-of-the-art' equipment to ensure maximum opportunities to develop their subject skills. (Visit the college website on

The SWTT Consortium is linked to a further fifteen excellent South West schools who are all committed to developing high quality teachers.

The SWTT Consortium has up to thirty-five trainees across the three subject areas and the close-knit structure ensures students receive excellent support throughout the programme.

During the 40 week programme students spend 75% of their training based in two partner schools. Trainees' teaching skills are carefully developed and monitored by Mentors and Professional Tutors in each school and supported by the Subject Course Tutors and other staff based at West Exe School. 

The training programme is designed to help develop general and subject specific teaching skills. Trainees have excellent opportunities for using Information Communication Technology to support their studies and teaching and are issued with a loaner laptop.

Assessment of the programme includes the completion of a Qualifying to Teach Evidence Log, to meet the Secretary of State's Standards for the Award of Qualified Teacher Status, along with three written assignments totalling 11,000 words leading to either Post Graduate Award (60 Masters Credits) or Professional Graduate Award.

All trainee teachers have to pass the NCTL Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy.