Initial Teacher Training

The Lime Trust believes in recruiting and retaining quality first teachers who put learners first. We pride ourselves on having a proven track record in training excellent practitioners and supporting them in gaining teaching positions. We ensure that all of our trainees are given access to a high quality, purposeful programme that ensures they are equipped to excel in the work place that they progress onto.


About the School Direct Programme:

School Direct is a school-led training route into teaching and an excellent way to gain QTS and the practical skills you need to become a teacher. It enables those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years to combine teacher training with actually doing and learning on the job.

This one-year course is based in one school for the majority of the year with a contrast setting placement. Candidates learn the art of teaching in the classroom for four days each week, guided by their mentors. Host schools are able to offer insights into their successful practices and induct trainees in line with the best of current teaching.

The Lime Trust has formed an alliance with two proven hubs to offer opportunities for students in both our Peterborough schools and in our London schools. 

How does it work?

Genesis Education Trust is our London-based partner with whom we work with to provide placements for students in our Special Schools and Primary. Students train through Goldsmiths University and further information can be found at and on the university website

Paragon Teaching School Alliance is our Peterborough-based partner where students can train through Bishops Grosseteste University in Lincoln and we provide placements in our Primaries and Special School in and around the city of Peterborough. More information can be found at and in the linked document in the menu on this page. Further details are available on the university website

With university-led training, trainee teachers spend the majority of time in school placements with some time spent on academic-based learning throughout the year. Courses, some of which are salaried and some unsalaried, typically take one year and you would gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successfully completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 

How to apply?  

We are now seeking applications from those interested in commencing training in September 2022. We’re looking for people who have (or will have) a degree, have a passion for teaching and want to inspire young people to fulfil their potential. All applications need to be made through the service on the Apply for Teacher Training page:

Before starting your application, we would recommend that you read the useful information and guidance on the Get into Teaching website: where you can also check your qualifications and learn about funding. 

If you are interested in our teacher training programme and would like further information, please get in contact with Miranda Cummings to discuss the courses and application process.

Email: or call 020 8529 4979.



Inspiring professional development enables theory and best practice be delivered by our future leaders and teachers, impacting directly on the learning of our children.

Beth Dilnot-Smith, Senior Leader, ITT