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Initial Teacher Training

Working in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University we offer a high quality pathway for Initial Teacher Education, resulting in a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). We offer pathways for both primary and secondary education. Your qualification is worth a third of a Master’s degree if you wish to continue with accredited professional development in the early part of your career.


Find out more about our partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.

Why train with us?

At ACET we take care of our trainees. Our vision is to deliver high quality practical training and support that produces great teachers with a good work life balance. You will have a main placement school from day one.

Each school based training session is delivered by current practitioners who are experts in their field but have not forgotten what it is like to be a trainee teacher. As such they are packed full of practical advice that will really make a difference in the classroom as well as a few tips and tricks to help. Our in school sessions complement your university sessions to provide a rounded training experience based on the latest educational research.

Your placements will be with one of our partner schools but we maintain a close relationship throughout your training, checking in on you and meeting regularly. The transition between your placements will be comprehensive with both mentors communicating ensuring you get the best out of each placement.

Which schools will you be placed in?

With clusters of schools in Rotherham, Derbyshire and Sheffield we have placements across a wide geographical area with a range of schools from urban to rural. You will have a main placement school and a shorter contrasting placement school.

Primary placement schools:

Primary Schools
Aughton Junior Academy, Sheffield:
Springwood Junior Academy, Sheffield:
Thurcroft Junior Academy, Rotherham:
Listerdale Junior Academy, Rotherham:
Lowedges Junior Academy, Sheffield:
Brookfield Junior Academy, Rotherham:
Temple Normanton Junior Academy, Derbyshire:
Langwith Bassett Junior Academy, Derbyshire:

Secondary placement schools*:

Aston Academy, Rotherham:

Shirebrook Academy, Mansfield:

Swinton Academy, Rotherham:

* Occasionally you may be placed at another partnership secondary schools in the Sheffield, Rotherham and Derbyshire areas.


To find out about our courses search for ‘Aston Community Education Trust’ here.

When you are ready apply here:

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