Train to Teach

Train to Teach

Better than 1000 days of diligent study is one day with a great teacher.” Japanese proverb.

Why come to us?

Welcome to the website and thank you for your interest in teacher training with us. Ruth Argyle (Director of Keele and North Staffs Teacher Education – KNSTE – Primary training) and Becky Parsons (ITT Co-ordinator for The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub) will personally work with you from your interview right the way through to your very last day of training, whether that be in a primary, special (both delivered through KNSTE) or secondary setting (The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub).

You can contact us whenever you might need to and we will help and advise you, either by email or by phone. We may even visit the school you are placed in if necessary (in addition to our usual visits). As classroom teachers ourselves, you are guaranteed to receive a realistic, personalised experience both from us and from teachers who know what it’s like to be in the classroom. You will be working with these classroom teachers both during your placements and during study sessions and you will always be extremely well supported.

Forming a close partnership, The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub and KNSTE have a fabulous track record of working together successfully with all our cohorts.

For secondary initial teacher training (ITT), we have an excellent partnership with Staffordshire University, who will award your PGCE qualification. The Teaching School Hub works closely with the Staffordshire University to support and encourage you over the course of the training and into your ECT years and beyond.

Please take a moment to read our testimonials from our trainees from previous years.

Once again, thank you for visiting the page today and we look forward to meeting you!

If you have any queries please contact Becky Parsons (ITT Co-ordinator for The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub):


Here’s what some of our trainees have said about our programme:

‘I have found the sessions at The Golden Thread Teaching School Hub and University absolutely brilliant. I have learnt so much from those sessions.’
‘I receive amazing support and feel well looked after.’

‘I have really enjoyed this year and will miss the sessions next year.’

‘I know if I need to talk, they’re always there.’

‘The experience I have had so far has been great. The sessions at the Golden Thread are very useful as I can take what I have learnt and apply it to my everyday classroom routine. Additionally, the staff at my placement school have been fantastic.’

‘I wanted a ‘hands on’ approach to my training and that is what I got. I felt very supported during the year and found the Hub-led training sessions to be very helpful. I would recommend training through the Golden Thread Hub to other prospective trainees.’