Teacher Training Programme

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a training route which allows you to work and study within a school while studying towards a postgraduate qualification (PGCE) degree and Qualified Teacher Status.

This is an innovative training route run as a partnership between our lead school, other schools within the Trust and our accredited teacher training providers, Nottingham Trent University and University of Derby.


Why train with us?

You will train in at least two good schools, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.

You will be trained in a highly supportive environment and develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

You will be assigned a subject mentor within the school who will work alongside you on a day to day basis. Mentors are highly skilled in coaching, effective classroom observation and providing accurate and timely feedback.

The training programme in school will also be overseen by an experienced Teaching & Learning Coordinator who will act as the link between the university and school, as well as ensuring that you have access to a comprehensive professional development programme throughout the year including key training sessions ranging from behaviour management to collaborative learning strategies.

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Entry Requirements

You will need:

  • A UK honours degree or equivalent with a 2:2 - at least 50% of which is in the subject you wish to teach or in a closely related subject.
  • GCSE English and Mathematics at minimum grade C
  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks
  • Two references - one academic and one vocational.
  • An interview is part of the selection process.

It may strengthen your application to have had some experience in a classroom in a UK mainstream school, setting or college, although this is not an entry requirement.


We would love to hear from you!

For more information Contact Helen Taylor - Director of ITT

For additional information about the course programmes use the links below

Nottingham Trent University

University of Derby

Department for Education