UCAS Teacher Training for 2020/21 is open and we are welcoming and processing applications. We review all applications within days of receipt. We are interviewing weekly, online. This has proved to be very effective for us and our applicants, who have both enjoyed the process and found it easy to access. The DfE has recently issued guidance for applicants, this can be found here. Due to the impact of COVID 19 our open evenings and welcome events are now facilitated electronically. Please do email us on enquiries@knste-shaw.org.uk and we will be pleased to share more about our courses and to answer your questions. We are very much looking forward to hearing from you. We are sure that you, like us, have been humbled by the contribution that our amazing profession has made to the national effort in relation to Covid-19. You are joining a fantastic community.

Assessment Only Route

The AO route is intended for very experienced graduate teachers without QTS. Applicants will have a wealth of prior teaching experience. Please contact us on enquiries@knste-shaw.org.uk to find out more about how the current situation with Covid-19 is affecting our AO programmes.

Our Local Research School

We are delighted to be part of The Stoke-on-Trent Research School.  Subscribe to the Research School newsletter, follow us on twitter and find full details of our training courses (and short courses) by visiting our website.

Apply for 2020 Entry

Read our   course brochure. Look out for our innovative  SEND pathway. We also now have a primary Art and Design specialism.  Search for us on UCAS using 24j or use our UCAS Course Codes 20-21

What Makes Us Different?

We are a small provider, with a nurturing ethos and an amazing partnership of schools. Our vision ‘Rooted In Evidence, Reaching for Excellence’; underpins our offer of a distinctive combination of subject specialisms rather than a purely generalist training combined with a strong emphasis on high quality school-based input; an expectation to exceed the Teachers’ Standards; a partnership which is made up of primary, special and middle schools and comprises a mixture of large and small, urban and rural, faith schools, local authority and academy settings. Our schools are predominately located in Stoke-on-Trent, and across Staffordshire, not just the north of the county.

We Want Our Teachers To Be:

  • passionate about the transformative power of the primary phase of education
  • reflective and resilient
  • well-organised and relate well to others
  • able to work collaboratively with groups of fellow trainees and schools
  • ambitious to be the best teacher they aspire to be
  • knowledgeable and inspirational about their specialism
  • caring in relation to both caring about rigour and caring about enabling children to thrive