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The Cambridge Partnership

Music with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

School Direct Training Programme

The Cambridge Partnership SDTP Programme is aimed at potential teachers who wish to train on a vocational route. They may have some experience of teaching and taking on the responsibilities normally associated with that role.  Others may have some experience of working in a secondary school as, for example, teaching assistant or cover supervisor.  Some may have little or no experience of working in a school at the start of the programme. Therefore, the programme will be a mixture of generic development and personalised training to match the experience and needs of the trainee.

Course outline
The course is an intensive programme of initial teacher education which aims to develop trainees' competence and confidence in the teaching of their chosen subject(s) and in the general professional role of the teacher. 

The intention is to provide trainees with a set of insights, perspectives and information upon which they can build as their career develops and to present a stimulating, challenging and enjoyable course.

Throughout the year there is a focus upon subject knowledge and the context of education. The trainees maintain an extensive professional portfolio showing achievement in relation to the Teachers' Standards for QTS.

On this course trainees will develop the following:

  • a broad range of practical teaching skills
  • appropriate personal qualities and professional attitudes
  • an informed understanding of curriculum and teaching methodology
  • the capacity to reflect critically on professional practice
  • a cogent personal philosophy of education

Entry Requirements

Essential Criteria: 

  • Degree, Maths English and Science GCSE grade C or higher
  • Must have three years’ post degree work experience and be a career changer.
  • Must have successfully completed the skills tests before starting the course

Desirable Criteria: 

Degree 2.1 or above



  • School Direct is a new and innovative school based teacher-training route. Trainees work alongside outstanding practitioners and spend a greater proportion of their time training in the classroom and in school. There is an expectation that trainees, should they meet the required standards, will be offered their first full time teaching post in one of The Cambridge Partnership consortium schools.

  • Type: Post-Grad
  • Duration: Year 1
  • Subject Area: Post-Grad
  • Fees: The training fee for the route to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is £6,000. If the SDTP route is followed to a PGCE qualification the fee is £9,000.

  • Location: Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire