The Kite TSA Cambridge works with partners to support the delivery of high quality Initial Teacher Education. Whilst all teachers must have a degree in any subject and at least a GCSE grade C in Maths and English (and in Science if a primary teacher), there are a number routes for becoming a qualified teacher.  The Teach in Cambs website provides a broad overview of the options available. The Kite TSA has strong links with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education‘s outstanding PGCE route into teaching as well as Cambridge Early Years Teaching School Alliance‘s high quality Early Years School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme (Early Years SCITT)


The Kite TSA’s lead school, The Spinney has a long-established partnership with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and almost all of the schools with our alliance are also partnership schools. The Faculty provides high quality courses in every age-range and the courses were rated as outstanding in all areas by OFSTED in their last inspection.

Faculty trainees are always in demand from headteachers and many ex-trainees go on to positions of school leadership very quickly. The Faculty consistently receive outstanding feedback from trainees on course evaluations.

Benefits of studying at The Faculty include;

  • A well-established and diverse school partnership
  • Exceptional employment rates
  • The stimulation of being a part of a group of high-attaining future leaders in education
  • Expert staff- experienced teachers and research active subject specialists in the Faculty
  • An intellectual and social hub to live in, comprising College life in the dynamic city of Cambridge

Many teachers and headteachers in the Kite TSA are members of the Cambridge PGCE Partnership and involved in all aspects of the course from interviewing, mentoring through to Faculty course teaching.

This long standing partnership involves approximately 300 nursery, infant, junior, primary and secondary schools, academies and special schools representing local authorities across the Eastern Region, reflecting the diverse nature of the regional population.


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