Personalised support for their well-being and progression through the programme, together with ‘unflinching encouragement and support’, help trainees to sustain their motivation and stay in the profession.

Ofsted, April 2022

We recognise that teacher training, at the same time as being enjoyable and exciting, can also be very challenging. We pride ourselves on offering our trainees support and encouragement at every point along their journeys.

Your School based Trainer (SBT)

Your SBT is your mentor and will be the person who works most closely with you on a day-to-day basis, carrying out your lesson observations, setting your training targets and helping to organise in-school training opportunities which will enhance and develop the your practice.  All our SBTs are, themselves,  given support and guidance for their role during our half-termly SBT training sessions, but Partnership staff are always on hand at any time for queries from both SBTs and trainees.

ITT Partnership Staff

Senior Leader in ITT - Michelle Dixon

Michelle is the Senior Leader in ITT which means that she oversees the Initial Teacher Training programmes. Amongst other things, she leads the Quality Assurance Team and will visit you in your schools and monitor your progress on your journey to become an amazing teacher.

Undergraduate Programme Leader – Tom Billingham

Tom leads the BAHons with QTS programme. He will provide support and coaching throughout your training yea and leads a team of Professional Tutors who also teach you and provide support and coaching throughout the course. He will visit you in your home schools, as well as being available on training days for informal chats.

Teaching School Co-Ordinator – Jane Cole
Jane has been the ITT Partnership Co-Ordinator since we were first established as a training provider over 20 years ago. She is there for all your administrative queries, from making that first enquiry about teacher training, right through to your Graduation Day, your NQT year (and even beyond that … we love to keep in touch with former trainees!).

If you have any queries at all about our website, the application/interview process, open evenings, student loans, bursaries, training programme dates or venues, etc. etc., then she is the person to email at any time!


If you are struggling, you can also reach out to the Education Support Partnership free of charge on 0800 562561 or Education Support helpline - free and confidential emotional support for teachers and education staff