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Teacher Training

Welcome to John Ferneley College's Teacher Training Page!

This page will tell you how you can train to teach with us, including information on:

  • Routes into teaching
  • Why you should train with us
  • Bursaries and funding
  • Recruitment events
  • School Experience Programme

So read on to find out more!

Why train with us?

We are a fast-growing, highly successful 11-16 college, set in Melton Mowbray. Part of the Mowbray Education Trust, there are many opportunities for you not only to train with us but to begin an exciting career!

We are part of the Rutland Teaching Alliance who will provide you with extensive professional development and additional training. Click here to find out more about the Rutland Teaching Alliance.

Routes into Teaching

Currently, we offer the SCHOOL DIRECT pathway to teaching in the following subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Business Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages
  • Art
  • Music
  • Drama
  • PE

Trainees begin their training at the end of August each year and stay with us until the end of the academic year in July. If you choose to train with us, you will receive top-quality training in a school environment. In addition, you will spend one day per week at Nottingham Trent University to enhance your pedagogical knowledge to take back to the classroom. At the end of the year, if successful, you will receive Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and be fully qualified to teach!

To find out more about the School Direct route into teaching, follow the link here.

What can we offer you?

At John Ferneley College, we want to look after you and make you never want to leave! In addition to high-quality training, we offer all teachers:

Career Development Pathways

As soon as you start training with us, we will ensure your career pathway is mapped out. So whether you want to continue studying for a Masters or aspire to be in a leadership role, we will provide you with the support and training to get you there!

Well-Being Programme

Our highly rated well-being programme includes opportunities to take part in:

  • Staff social events
  • Sports competitions
  • Yoga and mindfulness programme

Many people believe teaching is unfeasible as a result of workload. At John Ferneley, we have adopted much of our practice to ensure you only ever carry out tasks which directly impact on students. This begins in your training year!

Staff Benefits Scheme

As part of the Mowbray Education Trust, we offer all employees a huge number of perks, including:

  • Discounted computer equipment and the latest technology
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Discounts in over 100 high street stores nationwide

Bursary Information

As a trainee, you can receive funding depending on your subject specialism and degree class.

Click here to find out more about bursaries and funding available for School Direct trainees.


Recruitment Events

Recruitment event information will be available here soon!

During the event, you will discover the vision of the college, receive a tour of our outstanding facilities, find out more about the School Direct route to teaching and discuss signing up to one of our School Experience Programmes.

School Experience Programme

We run this programme so you can experience what it would be like to work at John Ferneley. We work around you, so if you want to experience a day, a week or a month, we will be able to support you. We can also offer travel expenses to assist with you getting here!

Contact Us

If you would like to find out more about our teacher training or to sign up to one of our recruitment events, please email: [email protected]

You can also call 01664 565901 and ask to speak Holly Polley, Initial Teacher Training Coordinator.