Initial Teacher Training

The Lion Alliance is committed to providing high quality training for teachers in every stage of their career from Initial Teacher Training through to developing school leaders. We recruit and train new teachers through a supportive ITT programme.

Train with The Lion Alliance

Training with The Lion Alliance will give you access to a wide range of highly experienced professionals who will help you in your journey to qualify and enter the teaching profession. The Lion Alliance consists of primary and secondary schools, enabling you to train with us in any key phase. You will have the opportunity to train alongside colleagues within your chosen key phase, but also spend time in other primary or secondary schools, experiencing different key phases as well as learning more about the transition support in place for students. Our Alliance consists of schools covering Coventry and the West Midlands, each with their own areas of specialism. No two schools are the same, and as a trainee, you will have the opportunity, during your two placements, to see learners in different settings and this will broaden your teaching and learning experience.

As a trainee with The Lion Alliance, you will train through a supportive ITT programme. Once qualified, your training and the support you receive from The Lion Alliance doesn’t stop there. We believe in the importance of Continuing Professional Development. We use the expertise of colleagues within The Lion Alliance and strategic partners, which consists of primary and secondary schools, to deliver a range of standard CPD courses, career stage professional development, and nationally recognised qualifications, as well as bespoke training and CPD. This provides opportunities for colleagues to progress within the teaching profession.

School-led training with The Lion Alliance provides you with the training and support you need to have the passion and commitment to deliver World Class education. The ITT programme combines two school placements with dedicated training. Our training programme includes action research, shadowing of lead practitioners, subject development, teaching and learning pedagogy, and child development.

Schools Direct offers training and education based in good schools, providing you with practical, hands-on experience whilst you train. Schools within The Lion Alliance work closely with a university or SCITT to design an effective ITT programme.

Schools Direct Salaried Route

These places are open to people who are considering a career change. You are employed as a member of staff in school as an unqualified teacher and are paid a salary whilst you complete your training. Entry to the Salaried Route requires a minimum of 3 years career experience, not necessarily in education.

Schools Direct Training Route

These places are open to all graduates and are funded by tuition fees (£9,250) paid by the trainee. Trainees may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship.  For training bursaries information, visit the Department for Education website.

Both routes carry the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and some may lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).