What can you expect from Star Teachers?


We don’t believe in a ‘One Size Fits All’ approach to learning. With this in mind, we focus on you as an individual, working with you to design a pathway personalised to your specific needs and circumstances. An initial self-audit, linked to the Teacher Standards, will inform a tailored programme designed to develop your skills and abilities. You will be supported to systematically develop a pedagogical toolkit based on a deep knowledge and understanding of how children learn. Highly skilled professional mentors, in school and from the central team, will coach you throughout the programme, helping you to understand the theory of teaching and apply the skills you develop in classroom contexts. Your progress will be assessed in a variety of ways, all of which will support your development as a reflective practitioner and outstanding teacher.


All our placement schools are subject to a rigorous selection process. You will be placed in some of the best schools in the country, where the attainment and achievement of children and young people are outstanding and where the teaching is consistently excellent. Our high quality placements, attached to teachers whose lessons have been judged outstanding in departments that are judged to be outstanding, allow you to observe the very best of professional practice.  We will also equip you with the skills to work in an array of schools, including those in challenging circumstances. Alongside your core placements, you will gain direct experience in a Special School or Pupil Referral Unit.  The rich variety of settings provide you with the greatest opportunity to make an impact on the life chances of young people. At the same time, they provide the optimum environment for you to develop and flourish as a new teacher.


From the moment you join us, you will benefit from the skills and experiences of a team of outstanding classroom practitioners who are highly acclaimed national and international authorities in their subjects and specialist areas. Our team will work alongside you at each stage of your training journey. During each placement, school based coaches support the development of your subject knowledge and pedagogy. Centre based personal tutors are assigned to accelerate your professional development throughout the course and to provide one-to-one pastoral support. Recognised facilitators add to the richness of your experience and help stimulate academic discussion and debate. Wherever you are, at school or centre, you will be guided by truly world class people.


Our innovative programme centres on the essential dynamics of pedagogy, progress and pupils. The school-based programme is underpinned by a structured taught course which provides deep insight into the required subject knowledge and the appropriate pedagogy to inspire effective learning in children and young people and secure progress. Our programme is informed by practitioner-led research in Star schools supported by Star Institute’s research programmes. This ensures your training is rooted in the latest thinking and remains at the cutting edge of professional practice. Each taught element is designed, and delivered, by experts in their field. The programme is knowledge based, thorough, stimulating and challenging, combining the theory of teaching and learning with the methodology for practical application in the classroom.


An outstanding education is a rounded education. Teachers play a vital role in modelling appropriate conduct, building character, developing resilience and instilling British values. The training programme will equip you with the skills to develop and nurture character traits, attributes and behaviours that underpin pupils’ success in school, work and modern Britain. Our focus on character development is supplemented by opportunities for citizenship and service learning projects. This holistic emphasis on academic excellence and character development will cement your understanding of a whole child-centred approach to education and place you at the heart of a school’s community.


As part of Star Institute’s flagship social corporate responsibility programme, we are always looking to provide a value-added experience for our trainees, schools and local communities. The Institute was established with the aim of supporting and promoting the improvement of schools to secure the best possible outcomes for children and young people. Through its School-to-School Support programmes, the Institute deploys teachers and senior leaders to deliver personalised intervention programmes that are designed to help schools secure outstanding outcomes.

You will be afforded a unique opportunity to assist with school-to-school support assignments through paid after-school programmes, holiday intervention and exam preparation. Star Institute works in partnership with a diverse network of schools and is committed to bringing together trainees and schools for their mutual benefit. Schools benefit from the programme because it gives them access to highly sought-after Star trainees who can provide flexible, skilled assistance when they need it most. You, meanwhile, will reap the rewards of “earning and learning,” securing wide-ranging experience in schools that serves to improve your chances of finding permanent employment when you graduate.


Throughout the programme, you will work systematically towards the achievement of the Teachers’ Standards. Our ambition for you is to complete the programme as a good or outstanding professional with Qualified Teacher Status. You have the opportunity to complete a PGCert and achieve credit points towards a Master’s Degree. At Star Institute, we don’t believe that your development ends with the award of QTS, though. As a Star Graduate, we will work with you to secure a role in our growing network of outstanding schools. In choosing to complete Initial Teacher Training with us, you also begin a journey of continuous professional development. From programmes for newly and recently qualified teachers to leadership learning with the national professional qualifications for leaders, our spectrum of programmes provide a powerful continuum of progression.