Become a teacher.

Do you have what it takes to teach?

The National Forest Teaching School at John Taylor High School offers the School Direct route into teaching. School Direct is an exciting and innovative one year school led training programme, which enables schools to take a leading role in ITT but still work in partnership with accredited providers. We work collaboratively on the selection and recruitment of trainees as well as the design and delivery of an outstanding programme. Our School Direct programme is a one year full time route into teaching which will enable successful trainees to achieve QTS with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education, or QTS with Masters level credits.

Join us.

We’d love to see you at our next information event.

Why train with us?

Our Team

We have a small, friendly and supportive team.

Our Passion

We are passionate about high quality teaching.

Our Schools

We have a wide range of schools within our alliance allowing a broad experience.

Our Track Record

We have a great track record of trainees securing employment, many within our alliance.

Continuous professional development.

For us School Direct is very much part of our recruitment process, but only Year 1 of a 3 year support package. We offer an NQT and an NQT+1 programme and aim to provide opportunities for those interested to complete their Master’s level studies within their 3rd or 4th year.

As well as attracting trainees who have the potential to be high quality teachers, we also seek to identify at interview candidates with leadership potential. Our successful NQT and NQT+1 programmes build seamlessly on from our Initial Teacher Training programmes. Both programmes not only to support and coach teachers in the first two years of their career to improve their practice in the classroom, but also to encourage them to develop and accelerate their careers.

School experience.

Gaining some experience in a school setting, though not essential, will significantly enhance your application for teacher training. John Taylor High School offers school experience which can be booked via the Get into Teaching portal.

Meet the SCITT team.

  • Gill Martin
    Gill Martin Director of SCITT
  • Mike Simmons
    Mike Simmons Secondary Programme Leader
  • Leah Axten
    Leah Axten SCITT Coordinator
  • Louise Houlders
    Louise Houlders Primary Programme Leader
  • "Am I tired? Yes.
    Am I nervous? A little.
    But am I enjoying it? Absolutely!"

  • "We are not just finishing as ‘proper’ teachers now; we are finishing as proud and powerful teachers who know how to help our students succeed."

  • "I have never felt bored, never without support to fall back on, and I have never felt more at home than when I am in the classroom. I know training to teach was the best choice I could have made!"

  • "I honestly loved my training programme at John Taylor. It was professional, welcoming, incredibly well organised and the best foundation to prepare me for teaching."

  • "I found the program was the best option for me as it gave me so much more experience actually standing in front of a class teaching than just going to university, so I felt completely prepared for teaching on my own."


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John Taylor Teaching School Hub

Announcing John Taylor Teaching School Hub

We are pleased to announce that John Taylor has been designated as one of 11 Teaching School Hubs in the West Midlands to be operational from September 2021, serving schools in East Staffordshire, Tamworth, Lichfield, Cannock, North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth. As John Taylor Teaching School Hub we will continue to offer ITE and CPD provision and we will still offer our Appropriate Body Services. In addition, we will be delivering the Early Career Framework across our region and a full suite of NPQs, including the new specialist NPQs.

We will shortly be launching our new website and will advise as soon as this is up and running. Exciting times!