The Cambridge Teaching Schools Network aims to recruit and retain high quality candidates into teaching to meet the educational needs of our locality. We offer a range of routes of teacher training to suit each individual, including School Direct, through our School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) ,Teacher Apprentices and a PGCE through our partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.

The high-quality training in all our SCITT programmes takes place in local schools and the vast majority of our trainees go on to employment in local schools afer completing their training.  This is one particular advantage of a school centred approach to teacher training.  Also, the tutors delivering the training are all practising teachers, who know first hand the current developments in education from experience in their own classrooms.

We are excited that, from September 2019, our training programmes will be available based either at Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds.  For whichever CTSN route trainees apply, they will have the choice of being based at either centre.


We are committed to give our trainees a wide breadth of options to fit individual needs. There are various routes avaliable with CTSN: School Direct Salaried, School Direct Non-Salaried options and the School Direct Salaried Flexible Route.  The full-time School Direct Salaried and School Direct Non-Salaried routes are full-time and last one year. The School Direct Salaried Flexible Route is part-time over two years. This flexibility allows trainees to maintain other forms of employment or personal commitments alongside their teacher training.  Initially this part-time option was only for salaried trainees in particular subjects, but please enquire if you would prefer part time training on any of our routes. We are also able to offer the Teacher Apprenticeship, for trainees employed by a school looking to utilise this particular route, and we have joined with the University of Hertfordshire to offer a non-salaried School Direct PGCE route into secondary teaching.  All routes lead to Qualified Teach Status (QTS). In addition, non salaried routes will enable trainees the opportunity to gain 30 Master's credits from Anglia Ruskin University.

If you would like more information, or any advice on the multiple routes into teaching:

  • email CTSN SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training);
  • read the introduction to 'Teacher Training with CTSN' (in the right hand downloads section);
  • attend an open evening or similar event. We hold several open evenings throughout the year for you to attend. These evenings will give you information on all the primary and secondary school teacher training programmes. There will also be the opportunity to meet with the programme leaders and admissions tutors, who will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. We also attend “Get into Teaching” road shows around the county. For more information on these road shows, please click here .

The next 'Get Into Teaching' Event is on Thursday 14th June 2018 at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Campus, East Rd, Cambridge CB1 1PT.  To book a place on this event please click here.


To find out more about which courses we offer click on the list below:

School Direct (salaried) route

School Direct (non-salaried) Direct Route

Flexible (salaried) route 


To view CTSN's Initial Teacher Training video please click below: