Train to Teach

Why Choose the Shropshire Primary Partnership?

Focused on Primary Specialisation: Our programme, as part of the Empower Trust, is validated by the University of Chester and offers a one-year Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with a primary specialisation. This intensive program is conducted entirely within Shropshire, ensuring trainees receive comprehensive preparation for a fulfilling teaching career.

We provide two routes into teaching:

  • Early Years Pathway (3 to 7 year olds)
  • General Primary Pathway (4 to 11 year olds)

Hands-On Experience: From the start, trainees spend a minimum of two days per week in classrooms, providing a solid foundation in practical teaching. This school-based learning approach results in confident, independent and effective teachers.

Collaborative Learning Environment: Our trainees benefit from a well-structured weekly schedule. A typical week could include:

  • One day of university-led training by the University of Chester.
  • Two days of practitioner-led training hosted at St Peter’s CE Primary and Nursery School, Wem and Greenacres Primary School, Shrewsbury. These sessions cover essential subject knowledge, the Early Years and National Curriculum and effective teaching strategies from Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to Year 6 and beyond.
  • Two days per week in a good or outstanding Shropshire school.

This blend of theory and practice ensures a rich, immersive training experience.

Diverse Placements: Throughout the programme, trainees experience three placements across different key stages. Early Primary Pathway trainees will teach in Early Years and Key Stage 1, while General Primary Pathway trainees will teach in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This exposure to varied teaching environments equips trainees with versatile teaching skills.

High Success Rate: Our trainees have a very high success rate in securing teaching positions within the Trust or across Shropshire. Many schools offering placements are so impressed that they extend employment offers upon course completion.

Ongoing Support and Development: The support doesn’t stop after the training year. In partnership with the Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership (STEP), teachers receive ongoing support through the Early Career Framework, including in-school mentors. As teachers gain experience, they can access further training through a range of National Professional Qualifications and leadership qualifications, ensuring continuous professional development. This approach, known as the ‘golden thread,’ guarantees ongoing support throughout your career.

Join Us!

If you believe this opportunity aligns with your aspirations, or if a member of your school staff is considering a teaching career, we encourage you to get in touch with us.

For schools interested in participating in our programme’s delivery or offering placements to our students, we welcome new partnerships and are eager to provide further details on request. Join us at Shropshire Primary Partnership and embark on a rewarding journey in education with comprehensive support and development opportunities at every stage of your career.

For further information, please contact Lucy Copson at Empower Trust:

Tel: 01743 598200 or email

“When you finally make the choice to take a leap into a new career, it can be a daunting decision. But then you suddenly find yourself in a room, talking to an array of career-driven, eclectic people, and you find your voice. The mentors and tutors you have along the way as you train make your experience unique and purposeful, all out of the goodness of their own hearts. In time you realise, that is what teaching is – reflective, supportive, ambitious.

Applying and interviewing for teaching roles can be a tricky time when you are coming to the end of your training year but using all you know over that time can take you above and beyond when you find a school, the right school. Becoming an ECT is a moment to be proud of and not scared of. As you are working through mentor sessions, modules, reflection tasks, lesson looks and so much more, suddenly before you know it, you are pushing your own boundaries and growing into a reflective and purposeful teacher, ready for the rest of your career.”


Emily, Two Years On.