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Train to Teach
School Direct

School Direct Initial Teacher Training places (Primary and Secondary) available for 2020/2021

School Direct Teacher Training
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St Mary’s is the lead school for the School Direct programme in our local area. We are working in partnership with The Sheffield SCITT who offer a ‘school based’ route. Our Leadership and Management Teams firmly believe that training teachers in school, in real time, with outstanding serving teachers, is preparing and up-skilling candidates for the profession and helps support retention and excelled career progression.

If you choose to come with us your training package will be school based and your training input will also take place in a school. We do this to ensure that we can take you on learning walks across the schools so you can see in action the training that we are providing, and so that you are learning from outstanding practicing teachers.

We also believe that if you start the school year at the same time as students and staff you will see the full calendar year in school. You will gain a wealth of experience in those early weeks when you are observing classes, students and how a school operates – that experience becomes really important when going to interviews and when you start your first teaching job the following September.

Newly Qualified Teachers who have been trained within our alliance are highly sought after by our partner schools and other schools in the local area who recognise the quality of our training programme.

All our School Direct courses lead to Qualified Teacher Status; there is the option to undertake the PGCE (60 Masters’ credits) route also.

Why choose the St Mary’s School Direct route?

  • Experienced and fully accredited mentors across a broad range of schools in the North East and mid Derbyshire and South Yorkshire areas.
  • School placements tailored to your strengths and interests.
  • A partnership that works with The Sheffield SCITT to develop a programme of the highest calibre.
  • A partnership which recognises that the key to outstanding student success is in investing in the development of outstanding teachers.

“Being part of a school community from the start gave me the confidence to develop quickly and immerse myself in my new role” – Trainee 2018

What will the training be like?

  • This course will entail 4 days in school. During time in school you will be guided by an experienced mentor.
  • One day per week you will join other teacher trainees to be trained on aspects such as how to walk and talk like a teacher, plan lessons effectively, behaviour management and how to really stretch and challenge students.
  • Secondary trainees will spend September to December in  the ‘Home School’. From December to Easter you will have the opportunity to experience life in a contrasting secondary school. From Easter to the end of the programme you will return to your initial school.
    Primary Trainees  will begin, and spend the majority of the year, in the ‘Home School’ and there will be the opportunity to complete one teaching practice in a contrasting primary school, in an alternate Key Stage.
  • For the PGCE route this is delivered through the University of Hull. You will spend approximately 3 days over the year with your tutors from the University of Hull. Usually based at Notre Dame in Sheffield.

What personal attributes, qualifications and experience are we looking for?

  • The motivation, commitment, resilience and ability to inspire a love of learning; these are the essential characteristics needed to successfully complete the programme and progress in your career.
  • GCSE grade C minimum (or equivalent) in English and maths (science is also needed for the Primary programme).
  • A first degree at a minimum of upper second class honours is usually required however consideration will be given to exceptional applicants with a lower second class degree (must already have, or anticipate being awarded).
  • Recent observation and/or employment experience in a primary/secondary school. This can be arranged as part of the teacher training process if you do not have this.

How is the programme financed?

  • Most of our places are non-salaried; the programme fees are currently £9,250 for PGCE and £7850 for QTS Only.
  • A limited number of salaried places may be available (please ask about current availability).
  • Training bursaries may be available depending on DFE priorities. You can also access maintenance grants (see the Get into Teaching website for further details (

How can I apply for the programme?

  • All applications must be made via the UCAS portal ( from 8th October 2019
  • Successful candidates are invited to interview. The interview involves group tasks, interaction with pupils and individual interviews.

How can I find out more?

To find out more about our programmes in primary or early years education or to arrange an informal meeting, contact:

Lucy Wood
Tel: 01246 201191 ext: 2021

Further information about how to apply for a School Direct course can be found on the UCAS website: