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School Direct Training Programmes (Early Years) Postgraduate prospectus

  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training as 'Good' in its report for Initial Teacher Education 2016
  • If you want a combination of school-based training and university-based courses, our hands-on route into teaching is the best choice
  • We offer a training plan unique to you, with highly skilled and dedicated mentors to support your training
  • Our School Direct programme leads to recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS).

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1 years full time



As an Early Years Teacher, you will play an essential role in children's development, providing high-quality early education.

Our School Direct programme is a combination of school-based training and university-based courses. This hands-on route into teaching involves schools working in partnership with an accredited teacher training institution, like ours. Together we devise a training programme that is unique to each student.

The quality of teacher training at Greenwich in the areas of Early Years was rated good by Ofsted in its recent report. "From the outset, trainees are encouraged to reflect on how effective their teaching is and how it can be improved…NQTS take these skills into employment as early years teachers," the report stated.

We are proud to say that our programme has resulted in great student success and high employment rates.

Your training

Our School Direct programme will teach you how to use your knowledge and skills to ensure all children have access to high standards of learning. You will gain a critical understanding of the theory and practice that underpins Early Year's pedagogy. This ranges from birth to five years of age.

Your training will aim to support the holistic development of the child within a cross cultural context.

Time commitment

This is a full-time programme so you will need to be available from Monday to Friday to attend the combination of university study and work placements.

Your professional development

Reflective practice is critical in your development as a high-quality teacher. During your time with us you will develop and expand your professional knowledge and expertise in the Early Years sector.

Our expert lecturers will guide you to become leaders of exemplary practice, critically exploring policy and research. This will allow you to provide a supportive framework for children and their families.

You will examine and explore the (Early Years) Teaching Standards and we will provide guidance throughout in order for you to meet these standards (NCTL, 2013.)


It should be noted that our School Direct programme leads to recommendation for Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), and not Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Our partners

Our current training partners include:

How to apply

Candidates should apply directly to our partners using the website links above.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants should have:

In addition candidates must:

  • Attend an interview with our partnership school
  • Pass pre-entry numeracy and literacy skills tests prior to commencing the programme (see Department for Education website for more information)
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening.

Extra information


  • Portfolio: 80% weighting
  • Assessment of work-based practice
  • These will be pass/ fail graded.


Early years specialists with Early Years Teacher Status can aspire to become leaders of practice in Early Years settings.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

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