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 (5-11 age range) 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 programme).

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) and complete their induction period, 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, predicted vacancies that will be available on completion of the initial training year and a viable cohort size.


  • Entry Requirements

    • Qualifications

      ●         A second-class honours degree 2:2 or above. For secondary candidates, normally 50% of your degree would be directly relevant to the subject you wish to teach - Please contact us to discuss where this is not the case.

      ●        GCSE grade C / grade 4, or standard equivalent, in mathematics and English. All primary applicants must also hold grade C, or standard equivalent in a science subject. We also accept the equivalency tests byEquivalency TestingA Star Teachers  or any other appropriately accredited provider. We cannot accept functional skills or key skills or IELTS

    • Further requirements

      ●       Satisfactory, Enhanced, Disclosure and Barring Service Check with Barred Listing Check.

      ●        Occupational Health clearance

      ●        Satisfactory references

      ●        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

    • An interview forms part of the selection process. We use the interview to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests, and to explore why you want to study with us. At the interview stage, your suitability for teaching will be judged, including your subject knowledge for teaching and potential to demonstrate proficiency with fundamental English and mathematics.

    • The States of Guernsey and the Committee for Education, Sport and Culture is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all employees and unsupervised volunteers to share this commitment. Trainee Teachers will therefore be required to undergo an Enhanced and Barred List DBS check and are recommended to be registered with its Status Update Service.

  • Application

    • Applications for the September 2024 cohort are now closed. 

      Applications for September 2025 will open November 2024. 

    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 or a reduced bursary of £11,000 plus accommodation provided by the States of Guernsey (a limited number of places are available and will be allocated in the first instance to those students who do not hold local residential qualifications). 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 an application form

Initial Teacher Training sponsored by the States of Guernsey







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