Premier Pathways is a cost-effective talent management programme for schools. Create a motivated and stable staff team by supporting high quality graduates in becoming outstanding teachers.

This 2-year scheme is a flexible recruitment and retention route supported by leading organisations in Initial Teacher Education.

Partner Schools can offer trainees a permanent contract at the end of the scheme with no finder’s fee.

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Recruiting your Teaching Talent

Our high achieving trainees must pass rigorous screening and selection by highly experienced education recruiters who determine their commitment to teaching


In addition to selecting their own trainees, schools also benefit from the Orientation Period to ensure the trainee is the right fit. If necessary, the opportunity for a replacement trainee is available with no contractual issues.

A Talent Partnership

Work with a successful partner that understands the individual recruitment challenges of your school

Stabilising your Staff Team

Develop a talent pipeline to create and retain a teaching team that is motivated to deliver your vision for the school

Orientation Period

Assess Premier Pathways Scholars over a flexible period before committing to support them through their PGCE

Save Money

Cost effective against other teacher training methods; a straightforward, regular fee eliminates concern about recruitment advertising, sick-pay, contractual disputes and training.

Current System

Stagnant staff

Staff are tired, unmotivated and uninspired

Premier Pathways

Unified vision

Everyone is engaged around the strategic vision of the school

Current System

Early leavers and fixed contract

High turnover of staff and inflexible working practices

Premier Pathways

Flexibility and consistency

Schools can take control of their talent management

Current System

Poor availability / low quality candidates

Schools are forced to take on unsuitable new staff or use expensive supply

Premier Pathways

High quality

Premier Pathways provides a steady stream of exceptional trainees

Current System

High advert cost

Large advertisers charge huge sums with no guarantee of success

Premier Pathways

Excellent value

Schools eliminate all risk by only paying for candidates who they accept and retain

Current System

School failure

Schools are taken advantage of leading to poor quality teaching and serious challenges

Premier Pathways

School success

Organised and supported talent management gives schools the best opportunity to flourish

Talent management for schools: how Premier Pathways works

The four stages of recruiting, deploying, developing, and retaining a stable staffing team


Only exceptional graduates are considered. Trainees are rigorously interviewed and must meet safeguarding requirements, including a full DBS check and referencing.


Participants gain practical experience in a teaching support role while receiving high quality blended training from leading ITE providers and developing an online portfolio of evidence against Teaching Standards.


Participants are assessed three times in Year 2 by tutors from the University of Buckingham and produce an online portfolio. Participants achieve a PGCE on successful completion of the course.


Having achieved the PGCE, participants can be offered a permanent contract with no finder’s fee to the school. Masters qualification routes are available for your leading talent.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost?

During Term 1, schools are charged a reduced rate of £125 per day prior to programme commitment.
From Terms 2 to 6 there is a termly charge of £8,895, which covers all Year 1 training and PGCE year training.

What is the quality of your candidates?

Our entry standards are 2:1 or above from a leading UK university and a firm commitment to a career in teaching. Graduates with a 2:2 degree will also be considered but must demonstrate previous school experience or exceptional potential to becoming an outstanding teacher.

Am I committed to the trainee(s) from day one?

The Orientation Period in Term 1 offers schools total flexibility with selection of candidates. Schools can consider this six-week period an extended interview of trainees to ensure that they fully understand and align with values and ethos. Changes can be made during this time, should the match not be quite right between school and trainee.

What happens at the end of the programme?

That is entirely up to you. Each trainee that a school would like to hire on a permanent or long term contract is available with no finders fee. Alternatively, EduStaff (our recruitment partner) can help a school to find NQTs who are more suited to that specific environment.

Where can I find out more?

To register your interest in becoming one of our select Partner Schools, fill in your details below and one of our team will arrange a suitable time to contact you.

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West Midlands 0121 233 0180

East Anglia 012 4590 1525

Kent & Sussex 01622 244 011