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PE Specialist Teacher Training

We were delighted to be allocated places for the new Primary PE Specialist route into teaching for Graduates. Please read the information below as it provides a useful background regarding Anton Junior and our PE provision.

If you are interested in finding out more information about this exciting and challenging route into primary teaching with a strong PE specialism, please contact our headteacher, Tom Donohoe, at

We have a strong reputation for working with trainee teachers and we are also well known for our excellent provision in Physical Education and we are confident that this will attract high quality candidates. In our recent Ofsted inspection, where we were graded outstanding in all areas, PE was singled out as a significant strength, the report stated;
“Pupils achieve exceptionally well in physical education, dance and sport due to the huge emphasis placed on this by the school. The outstanding subject leader plays a considerable role in making sure that pupils fully benefit from physical education across the school.”
The Anton Schools Direct consortium is a strong one and growing year on year. In the cohort for September 2015 we have 23 SD Students (in addition to the 4 SD PE Students) and this will increase going forward as we have now become a Teaching School and will also be a SCITT from September 2016.


The Specialist PE route is a very exciting course where trainees will spend 50% of their total training time focussing on aspects of Physical Education and the other 50% learning about the other curriculum subjects. It will mean that trainees will obtain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) as well as having the option of gaining a PGCE - they will first and foremost become very good primary school teachers with a specialist knowledge in PE. It is my belief that these people will be sought after and will gain employment quickly.
In recent years the SD teachers who have trained in our consortium have had 100% employment rate, the vast majority of these securing teaching positions within consortium schools - we have every confidence that this will continue in the Anton Alliance going forward.

On our staff team we have Jodie Williams, she is Hampshire's only Primary PE Leading Teacher. Having formerly been a Primary PE Advanced Skills Teacher we enable Jodie to spend three days each week training teachers in schools around the county. Jodie's training is always positively received and her support is in incredibly high demand.
Tom Donohoe, the Headteacher at Anton, is a PE Specialist and has worked closely with Jodie over the last eight years to produce detailed planning for all aspects of Physical Education. These resources are available for free from our school website, all we ask is that schools write to us to request a password. There are currently more than 300 schools in Hampshire, and around the south of England using our planning.
Jodie and Tom have presented to teachers from around the country at the National PE Conference five times and their presentations are always well received, as evidenced by the delegates' evaluations. Anton currently hosts PE training to ITT trainees from two local universities and regularly receives comments stating that it was 'the most beneficial training on our PGCE year'.
Anton has three more PE Specialists on the staff and these individuals are all excellent primary practitioners; rated as outstanding in our recent inspection. This team of staff are all excited about the prospect of working with PE Specialist trainees.

Having Hampshire's only Lead PE Practitioner on our team means we are in the position to provide high quality 'shadowing' experiences for trainees, so they can work alongside Jodie in her developmental role, this is further facilitated as Jodie has a non-class based role at Anton. This could provide an almost unique professional developmental opportunity for these PE Leaders of the future.

As our Ofsted inspection is recent, teachers in our school are the team who earned the outstanding judgement for the quality of teaching. This means that we can confidently provide high quality core support for trainees working with us.
In our consortium we insist that all trainees complete evaluations on every aspect of training - this provides us with valuable feedback and helps us to continuously improve our provision.