About Us

Cumbria Primary Teacher Training offers first-rate primary postgraduate initial teacher training.

As our current and past trainees will tell you, there are many benefits to training with CPTT.

Perhaps most importantly, our course is a School Centred Initial Teacher Training Course (SCITT) and as such, is run by head teachers who ensure your learning is completely focused on working with and in schools.

In addition, CPTT works with  Western Lakes and ELLEN Teaching School Alliances and this means we offer all the advantages of the School Direct approach to teacher training. This not only places us at the cutting-edge of current government models of teacher training but also is a direct cause of our levels of trainee satisfaction and employment statistics being well above the sector averages.

In fact, this partnership allows us to offer an extremely strong learning experience that goes beyond both normal school direct places and traditional PGCE/QTS courses as offered by, for example universities. 

Your learning is enhanced by being integrated with the continuing professional development programmes of the teaching school alliances, giving you extra opportunities and the benefits of sometimes learning alongside qualified teachers. We also collaborate with the teaching school alliances on research programmes, which again provides extra opportunities to boost your learning and your CVs.

Our innovative School Integrated Learning systems ensure all your learning is focused on maximising your attainment against the Professional Standards for Qualified Teacher Status. We receive great feedback from our trainees for the fact that everything they are asked to do directly contributes to being better teachers. All of the mentors and tutors who will work with you are experienced and successful primary practitioners. You even have your own personal, one-to-one, head teacher mentor!

We offer extended experience (i.e. a minimum of three weeks and up to eight weeks) in five different schools. Compare that to the three different schools typical of university based courses, or the one, or two schools typical of other school direct routes. This means that that we can give you a much broader learning experience, enhancing your skills and your employability.

We are a small course and have a great reputation for being friendly, enthusiastic and highly supportive. We work hard and skilfully to ensure trainees come together as a supportive team, for example, we begin the course with a two-day residential in the Lake District. These approaches, combined with the very wide range of school types we have on our Board, means that trainees get an individualised learning experience that is customised for their strengths and needs.

With a governing board of head teachers, we also go to extra lengths to ensure you receive all the training you need. For example, as part of the course, you receive certificated, face-to-face qualifications in safeguarding, first aid and de-escalating and managing challenging behaviours.