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School–led Initial Teacher Training


School direct training at Cornerstone is a year long school based experience, leading to a PGCE. The lead school for this programme is Broadclyst Primary school an Ofsted-graded outstanding primary school with a significant national and international reputation for innovative use of IT within a broad and balanced curriculum.  We work in collabraotion with a number of other schools to deliver this programme.

Benefit from innovative research-led teaching informed by professional practice and academic excellence.

The course is accredited at Masters level and offers 30 credits. Join a dynamic team of trainers and recently-qualified teachers who have themselves come through the school direct programme at the Cornerstone Academy Trust teaching school. Enjoy working with a unique range of state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and resources that will help you to develop your teaching skills and explore your potential future curriculum leadership specialisms.

Who are we?

Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS) is part of an innovative multi-academy trust and teaching school that supports educators, trains teachers and provides a wide range of professional development programmes. 

A Microsoft Showcase School with enviable facilities that include 1:1 access to devices for all pupils, teachers and students, a TV studio, a climbing wall, a dedicated art room, very strong theatre, music and performing arts opportunities, exceptional dining and catering and a wide range of after-school activities.

We equip professionals with the skills, knowledge and higher-level competences needed to develop and support well-balanced versatile adults and children in a digital age.

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Cornerstone offers a School Direct programme spread across an alliance of schools providing early years to secondary qualifications. We have created a bespoke and comprehensive teacher training programme which is accredited by the University of Exeter; you will receive an Exeter University PGCE qualification on completion of the course.



In recent years, we have demonstrated that our high quality teacher training produces qualified teachers of an extremely high calibre who are sought after by us, and by colleagues in our partnering schools. Trainees benefit from our broad, skills-based curriculum which challenges teachers' pedagogy and they also experience a diverse range of pupil abilities including a high number of children with complex SEN. Almost all of our students in recent years have gained permanent teaching posts.



The course is managed and co-ordinated by Alex Pulfer, the initial teacher training mentor. Alex mentors the School Direct students across the Cornerstone alliance. Her role is to support each student throughout the year to develop and improve their teaching and to learn the professional expectations based on a training programme that covers the whole year.

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