Initial Teacher Training

We are pleased to be able to offer an Initial Teacher Training programme in Guernsey

This programme will enable candidates to train as either Primary or Secondary teachers.

Trainee Teachers will receive sponsorship by the States of Guernsey to undertake the PGCert Teaching in partnership with Middlesex University (Please see PGCert Teaching page for further information on this course).

Alongside the PGCert content, trainees will receive bespoke training, designed and delivered by specialists at The Institute, which will include phase and subject specific training.

During the training year, trainees will spend the majority of their time in schools and will attend centre-based training sessions at The Institute most weeks. Trainees will gain experience of at least two school settings and regular observations will be used to assess trainees' progress towards meeting the Teachers' Standards.

On successful completion of the initial training year, candidates will work as a Guernsey Qualified Teacher (GQT) for one year, after which they can apply for QTS with the DfE.

The expectation is that those sponsored for this programme will complete a minimum of three years of employment with the States of Guernsey after qualifying  (including the year as a GQT) during which time they will also complete their induction period.


Please note places are dependent on the availability of suitable school placements and predicted vacancies that will be available on completion of the initial training year.


  • Entry Requirements

    • Qualifications

      ●         A second-class honours degree 2:2 or above, for secondary applicants this must be relevant to the subject you wish to teach.

      ●        GCSE grade C / grade 4, or standard equivalent, in mathematics and English language. All primary applicants must also hold grade C, or standard equivalent in a science subject.

    • English language requirements for international students:

      You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification.


      Further requirements

      ●        Satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check

      ●        Occupational Health clearance

      ●        Satisfactory references

      ●        Possession of a relevant employment permit valid until at least August 2027

      ●        You must be a in a position to work for the States of Guernsey for 3 years after you have completed the initial training year

      To strengthen applications it is recommended that you have obtained, or have set up to obtain, recent and relevant experience within a school setting

  • Application timeline

    • Contact us for information about the 2024 cohort. 

  • Fees and funding

    • For Trainee Teachers sponsored by the States of Guernsey, the cost of tuition fees for the PGCert Teaching will be met by the States of Guernsey. 

    • Current States of Guernsey Education Services employees with transferable work history e.g. LSAs may be eligible to join the programme on a 'paid sabbatical'. Terms and conditions apply. Please contact us for further information

    • Trainees not currently employed by The States of Guernsey Education Services will receive a bursary of £19,000. This bursary is subject to terms and conditions including the requirement to work for the equivalent of full-time for the States of Guernsey for 3 years upon successful completion of the initial training year.

Contact us for further information and an application form

Initial Teacher Training sponsored by the States of Guernsey







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