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Early years and primary teaching

Explore the different ways you can train to become a teacher of children aged 0-11 years old

Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT)

Our Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) course is designed to train teachers of children aged 0-5 years old, in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

On this course, you'll develop the skills you need to become an excellent early years professional. You'll gain a deeper understanding of the educational process through the early years and Key Stages 1 and 2, and graduate with 'Early Years Teacher Status' – the nationally-recognised professional standard for primary school teaching. On this course you'll:

  • Review, develop and enrich the working practices in your place of work/placement
  • Develop your own professional and reflective practice across the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Support and mentor your colleagues and others, share experiences from others on the course, and evaluate best practice in the workplace
  • Nurture the children in your care, and safeguard and promote good outcomes for them
  • Produce a portfolio of evidence which demonstrates your practice in relation to the Teachers' Standards (Early Years)
  • Complete a placement in a school setting, where you'll put your learning into practice

When you graduate, you'll have extensive teaching experience and Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS), you'll be qualified for both teaching and leadership roles, such as nursery teacher/manager or children's centre co-ordinator/manager.

Portsmouth Primary SCITT (School-centred initial teacher training)

We also work with Portsmouth SCITT to deliver a 1-year full time Primary PGCE course, during which 60% of your time is spent in schools. The course qualifies successful primary students to teach children aged 5-11 years in primary, junior and infant schools and early years students to teach children aged 3-7 years in primary, infant and nursery schools.

To learn more about studying for the Primary PGCE with the Portsmouth Primary SCITT, please visit

School Direct Primary Teacher Training

We also work closely with Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance (PTSA) to support School Direct Primary teacher training, both in the city and on the Isle of Wight. PTSA have been delivering quality Primary teacher training since 2013 – with an impressive 100% employment record during that period.

By taking this route towards your PGCE, you'll train with experienced staff in schools or at one of PTSA’s training centres in Portsmouth or on the Isle of Wight. You'll have a school-based mentor too – a highly-experienced teacher who will offer personalised support and guidance throughout the year.

Your training sessions will also feature expert speakers, and you'll also benefit from working with local specialist hubs and networks. You'll have access to all the relevant facilities at the university too, and have a university tutor assigned to you, who'll offer you support and guidance while you train.

And once your training is successfully completed, you'll be awarded a PGCE and be supported with a final recommendation from the university, for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

To learn more about this route – from the typical entry requirements for applicants, to advice on applying – visit

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