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Thinking about training to teach? Come to our Train to Teach Event on 15th November at the Exeter Mecure Hotel at 4.30-8pm.

Teaching Training in Exeter, Devon

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), judged to be 'Good' in all areas by our most recent Ofsted Report, with training places across the following subjects for 2016 - 2017:


South West Teacher Training

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  Computer Science, Design & Technology, English,Maths, Modern Foreign Languages, Computer Science and Science.. Geography is available as a School Direct placement.

The PGCE Programme

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.