Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

Roehampton University

Cranmer is proud to have a long partnership with Roehampton University. We have been a host school for Roehampton Initial Teacher Training students for many years - many of our own teachers trained at Roehampton as the university of choice for teacher training in the local area.  

Here are some quotes from our recent attendees:


'I have learnt huge amounts since being at Cranmer. The children and staff team have all been so welcoming and supportive. I can't think of a better atmosphere to learn to teach - you can really throw yourself into school life, knowing that support, help and guidance are always available.'

'The staff at Cranmer are warm and welcoming. They have high expectations of their pupils which is reflected in how polite and well-behaved the children are. My placement term has been very enjoyable.'

'I have felt thoroughly supported during my time at Cranmer, by all members of staff. It is a safe, enjoyable environment. The Cranmer school values of Trust, Respect and Resilience are embedded daily into school life for the children and the teachers.'

'Cranmer is a positive place to be. All staff are extremely helpful and happy to help in any way. Teachers have high expectations of children and implement effective routines which is reflected in the good behaviour at Cranmer. My Mentor has been extremely supportive and has helped me to excel in my teacher training.'

'Teachers create a calm atmosphere conducive to learning and give positive feedback to pupils.'

'Children are calm and well behaved.'

'There is trust and mutual respect between children and teachers.'

'Teachers have high expectations of all pupils.'

'Children are encouraged to be resilient learners.'

'The school's values of Trust, Respect and Resilience are embedded in all aspects of school life.'

'Teachers spend time with all children aspiring them to reach their goals and have ownership over their learning.'


 Willow Learning Trust

Cranmer is committed to teacher training and is working in a SCITT partnership with the Willow Learning Trust alongside the lead school, Aragon Primary School and Glenthorne High School.

SCITT is an entirely school-based course led by the lead school providing practical training underpinned by theoretical taught subject and professional studies sessions leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). In addition, trainees will complete a series of written assignments with our partner, Roehampton University, which will enable them to achieve a PGCE (worth 60 credits towards a Master’s degree).

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Course Structure

The primary route puts schools at the heart of the process and fully values, supports and guides trainees to become inspiring classroom teachers.

The primary course is a one-year full-time course, which runs from September through to July, leading to a Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) and Primary Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which is awarded by Roehampton University.

The lead school is Aragon Primary School (Merton, London) which is part of The Willow Learning Trust.  The primary route offers first class training across Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 (5-11 year olds). Successful applicants will work in at least two of the participating schools in both key stages. There will also be an opportunity to experience working in a nursery, specialist school and a high school.

Professional Studies

Each week trainees will be supported with training sessions that will demonstrate the Teaching Standards, learning theories, and subject knowledge of the broad National Curriculum. The training sessions are delivered by a range of specialists including Headteachers, Lead Teachers, Advanced Skills Teachers, external and internal Consultants; all experts in their field. 

Professional Practice

Trainees are assigned an experienced mentor within each school that they are placed.  They are responsible for supporting and guiding the trainee’s professional development and ensuring that they have the opportunities that they need within the school to maximise job opportunities and future career development.

Training in school progresses from observing and working alongside an experienced teacher to taking full responsibility, firstly for groups, and later for the whole class during the academic year to enable you to become a confident, outstanding teacher.

Written Tasks and Assignments

To support own research, reflection and meeting of the Teaching Standards trainees will be required to complete coursework.  In order to help meet the standards trainees will be required to complete tasks which will enable them to develop an understanding of what it means to be an outstanding teacher.  This will be supported by our dedicated team of professionals.

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