We are now closed for applications for our 2020/21 cohort. We are looking forward to sharing information in relation to our 2021/22 programmes. 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.

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.

CTeach Regional Provider

We are delighted to be part of The  Chartered College of Teaching's regional provider network for the prestigious CTeach Award. To find out more please visit our website.

Apply for 2021 Entry

We are looking forward to sharing our programme with applicants looking to start with us in 2021/22 as we are now full for 2020/21. Look out for our innovative KS2/3 SEND specialism which will be new for September 2021. We also now have a primary Art and Design specialism. Our flexible (two year) programme also continues to be popular. We will update this section in September 2020 with details for the new round of applications.

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