Initial Teacher Training

We are delighted to have been successful in our bid as a Teaching School Hub to become an accredited provider for Initial Teacher Training under the new framework from 2024. We are excited to be able to offer the complete ‘Golden Thread’ of CPD from ITT to NPQEL; this was always part of our vision: giving teachers and leaders the highest quality training and development at every stage of their career.

We are a team of experienced Headteachers with extensive networks of contacts, in all phases and settings. We are looking for schools who would like to partner us in this exciting new development, rolling out our own bespoke Cumbrian ITT curriculum across the county.

Our curriculum

Our ITT curriculum has been carefully constructed to dovetail into the ECF and NPQ structure; we believe this is a crucial strength. The sequencing of our all-through curriculum of teacher development is constructed on an evidence-informed understanding and a consideration of the learning process. Our content is grounded in providing cumulative knowledge and developing skill. Our approach builds subject knowledge pedagogy; we train to meet learning and development needs of individuals who are consequently ready to improve in any school context.

We believe that …..

  • High quality teaching , founded on a subject specific knowledge base, enables all pupils to succeed, whatever their starting point
  • The highest standards of professional behaviours are underpinned by strong ethics, beliefs, and values
  • Thinking critically and deeply about practice and research evidence is essential to high quality professional learning
  • We collaborate as a community to develop and challenge one another to be better

These are the principles on which we have based our curriculum.

Content is underpinned by the Core Curriculum Framework, but there is much additionality which is bespoke to us. This is delivered in six curriculum domains;

…and four key mechanisms of professional development:

Building knowledge

Motivating teachers

Developing teaching techniques

Embedding practice

(Education Endowment Foundation, 2021)

Initially, we expect to be offering a Primary PCGE, and Secondary PGCEs in English and mathematics; following a needs analysis, we will look to expand provision potentially prioritising science, geography and PE.


We need Cumbrian experts to deliver the best possible ITT for our county 

Trainees will access the first stages of their common curriculum through placements in our carefully chosen, research-informed, designated lead schools. One Cumbria’s Quality Assurance Measures (QAMs) critically listen to, observe and evaluate our entire provision. We will look for the highest quality provision in our school partners to make sure we develop exceptional experiences for our ITTs.


We need:

School placements 

Premium Partners for intensive weeks

School based mentors 

Lead Practitioner Mentors (who can access scholarship funding for NPQLTD from February 2023 to support their role in developing ITT)

Masterclass leads 

Writing and delivery teams


Our offer

Schools that we partner with will host trainees on one of two placements from September 2024 (with funding – details to follow).

We will issue clear guidance on the content we expect schools to deliver, and when.

We will provide QA and bespoke mentor training to make sure you and your staff are supported so you can deliver excellent training to beginning teachers.

We will be partnering with an HEI to provide the PGCE element of the course; we will award QTS as a SCITT provider.


What we ask from you

As a partner school, to provide time for the trainee and mentor in line with the revised Framework, and provision of a high quality timetable which will allow trainees to maximise their learning opportunities.

We are also looking for Premium Partner schools to work with us on developing intensive practice and training weeks – an important part of the new ITT framework. There are four weeks through the year where trainees will have an opportunity to spend a significant amount of time practicing key skills from the CCF in subject or phase specific settings, with tuition from expert leading practitioners. This has interesting challenges for Cumbria given our geography, but nothing we can’t find a creative solution to. We are also offering trainees demonstrating high levels of proficiency in the core framework skills the opportunity to take part in master classes in these intensive weeks, providing access to enrichment activities and the challenge to develop beyond the expectations of the CCF and teaching standards. This might be looking at the sustainability agenda in schools, or decolonisation of the curriculum, or research based topics at MA level.

Why partner with One Cumbria?

We offer an all-through, career long CPD experience with joined up thinking from start to finish. We are working with Teach First – our Lead Provider for both the ECF and NPQs – to make sure that knowledge and skills are well structured to lead seamlessly from ITT onwards.

We have built in an international dimension which gives trainees the option to spend time on an enrichment placement with the English College in Prague.

Benefits to your own staff from taking part in mentor training and CPD are substantial and could lead to NPQ in Leading Teacher Development for ITT.

If you would like to know more, please contact One Cumbria, or email We look forward to working with schools across Cumbria.