Class of 2023-2024:

"I am really enjoying the KITE teacher training programme and have engaged in valuable training which has without doubt supported and improved my practice and confidence. I have loved having the opportunity to teach in two contrasting placement schools, across two phases. I have gained so much knowledge, encouragement and support not only from my mentors, but the whole school team."

Ellie Roberts, University of Exeter Trainee (5-11 Programme)

"I've really enjoyed having a trainee with us this term. As a school, we're so proud to be able to instill our school values in a future teacher, knowing that the skills they learn through their time with us will have a positive impact on generations of children to come. The opportunities for professional development that the trainee teachers experience on the course mean that they are gaining a wealth of knowledge surrounding teaching strategies that equip them in the best way possible for their in-school placements. I only wish I'd have had the same level of support when I trained 15 years ago!"

Laura, Mentor at St Newlyn East School

Class of 2022-2023:

"KITE are more than just an ITT provider - they invest heavily in their trainees and will do anything to ensure that they suceed!"

"You become part of the Kernow Learning family and you are also invited to lots of additional Trust training which is really informative and impacts on your confidence and practice."

"Training in a smaller cohort meant that we got to know each other well. The quality of training was exceptional and it enabled me to feel confident and competent in my role."

"I felt part of the Kernow Learning family from the start. The training provided by KITE was outstanding and it was extremely valuable being trained by teachers, specialists and heads that are in the job. It felt that they were investing in us from the start."

"You have just been so supportive throughout and without your friendly and happy faces, life as a trainee teacher would have been scarier. We always strive to create a safe environment for our children in class, but I realised that we, as adults, need this feeling to grow and develop as well."

"From the very first interview, Sonya and Helen were always so kind, welcoming and supportive. They always made me feel at ease, and gave me the confidence and support I needed to carry out my year as a trainee. I always felt they were there if I ever had an issue or needed to speak to them about something. They're both fab!"

Comments taken from the end of year evaluation 2022-2023


"KITE training has enabled me to change career from being a Teaching Assistant to Teacher! The training and support that I have received has given me the confidence and knowledge to begin my teaching journey."

Jen Tonkin, University of Exeter Trainee (5-11 Programme)


"I am so glad I chose to do my training with KITE. From day one, I have had good quality training and support from everyone I have had contact with, from my placement schools, KITE and University of Exeter. The training seminars that are organised are well planned and delivered, which gives me more knowledge to take away and implement into my classroom practice. It has been wonderful meeting other students on the course and sharing our experiences, while offering support to each other throughout the year. I am so pleased with my progress since starting in September and I can’t wait to see what opportunities await me after completing my PGCE in June."

Joanna Hall, University of Exeter Trainee (5-11 Programme)


"As someone who had no prior classroom experience, I was nervous to begin this journey.  KITE have made me feel supported from day one and the training we receive has allowed me to feel confident and prepared in the classroom. I have never been so sure about making a decision than I have choosing KITE to do my training with."

Megan Goncalves, University of Exeter Trainee (5-11 Programme)


"Although I have only recently started my training with KITE, I have already gained a lot of knowledge to support me in every aspect of my teaching. Sessions with KITE prepared me well for starting my placement, learning from experienced educators. The school direct training route is quickly developing my confidence and I am loving being in the classroom and seeing all aspects of school life. I feel really supported from everyone at KITE and our group of trainees!"

Abi Jessop, University of Exeter Trainee (5-11 Programme)


Class of 2021-2022:

Tom McGarry - University of Exeter Trainee, 5-11 years programme.

Tom chose to take a total career change and has thrived from the start!

Tom was the second KITE trainee in two consecutive years to be awarded the University of Exeter Ted Wragg Award. Tom was recognised for his continued excellence both in and out of the classroom.

He has since gained employment as a key stage 2 teacher in the school that hosted him for his main placement, and he cannot wait to start!


Jasmine Mann - University of Exeter Trainee, 5-11 years programme.

Jasmine chose to follow her mum's footsteps and joined KITE straight from university.

Jasmine has since gained employment in her main placement school and is now teaching in her own class from September!


Rebecca Dunning - University of Exeter, Trainee 5-11 years programme.

Rebecca is a qualified swimming teacher who has always loved teaching children. In September 2021 her dream became a reality and she is now preparing to take up her first teaching post in the local area.


Sadie Thomas - University of Exeter Trainee, 3-7 years programme.

Sadie thrived in the early years environment and now looks forward to teaching her own EYFS class in a school in London!


Lydia Peers - University of Exeter Trainee, 3-7 years programme.

Lydia made a positive impact during her main placement and has since gained full time employment in that school. The staff and children look forward to welcoming her to their community in September.


Trainees Comments - Class of 2021-2022:

"I have really enjoyed my time with KITE and couldn't have asked for a better training provider. Coming into the year involved a huge change for me - I felt really supported throughout and have never looked back on my decision."

Lauren Banner (2021-2022)

"Anyone would be lucky enough to receive the training and support provided by KITE! The whole team have been wonderful, and the training has been amazing!"

Lucy Hayes (2021-2022)

"My biggest success to date was during my first KITE observation. I was nervous and it was changed at the last minute, however it went extremely well! My lead mentor was so proud of how the observation went - she cried. At this moment I started to really believe in myself."


Emily Collins (2021-2022)

"I have recommended KITE to multiple people in Cornwall already! The KITE training experience has been so valuable, and I feel that I have learnt so much. The team are supportive and there is a wealth of knowledge being passed on to us from within Kernow Learning Trust and beyond!"

Rebecca Dunning (2021-2022)

"I am so pleased I chose KITE as my training provider. I have felt supported during every step of the journey. The team guide you through the course with an energy and passion that is infectious."

Louise Sayer (2021-2022)

"I would recommend KITE as an exceptional, highly supportive teacher training provider. Without the scaffolding of the programme or supportive network of the team, I wouldn’t be as comfortable or confident in my training journey."

Meghan Chapman (2021-2022)

"I feel so well supported by the team at KITE in my professional and personal development. The training has been thorough and has given me the knowledge and understanding to really push myself in the classroom. I have learnt so much about theory and practice and feel this course has given me the best possible start in my future career. I couldn’t be happier with the training and support I have received from KITE."

Lydia Peers (2021-2022)

Testimonials from our previous trainees - the class of 2020-2021:

"I chose KITE because they were highly recommended to me by a number of teachers whose opinion I respected and valued - they were not wrong! From the outset, the KITE team were friendly and approachable, and always available to chat or reply to emails promptly. In addition to receiving many excellent training sessions delivered by a range of experts, I have experienced two fantastic placements in local schools with inspirational teachers and children. This has provided many opportunities to observe great teaching and learning, whilst being able to develop my own practice in a safe and supportive space. Overall, the KITE experience has been thoroughly positive and invaluable in preparing me for life as a teacher."

Naomi Mace (2020-2021) 

“The support from the Kernow Learning schools has been brilliant. I have been able to work with specialists in different subject areas, as well as assessment and SEND. The members of KITE that I have encountered so far have been friendly and approachable which has allowed me to seek support and guidance throughout my training… I felt prepared to enter each stage of my training ready to take on new challenges… I was able to speak with members of KITE about any worries or anxieties that I felt, and this enabled me to enter my placement knowing that I had support behind me... The pastoral care is something that has allowed me to overcome any challenging situations and to really put the best version of myself forward as a professional in education.”

Nicola McNally (2020-2021)

'The hands-on experience and the coaching delivered by experienced practitioners regarding how to teach, have been invaluable. The regular training sessions and practical tips on top of full-time school placements, have enabled us all to really understand how children learn. The support provided by the KITE team has been fantastic. The practical training sessions have really helped us to develop our teaching skills. As a career changer, I wanted to be given strategies that really work in the classroom and encourage progression - KITE provided this in abundance."

Emma Relton (2020-2021)