This is a School based course where the majority of your training will take part in the school of your choice. You will be trained in a highly supportive and creative environment where you will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to deliver high quality teaching and learning. We pride ourselves in offering a personal service from an experienced and dedicated team.
As a school direct trainee you will be part of a school community part of the school community from the start - from the first day of term to the last.
The course is three days a week, one of these will be a Friday, and due to the flexibility of the course you can choose the other two days with the school.
You will be part of a wider team and spend time with the full time trainees during the course to network and support each other.
This course leads to QTS, PGCE and Masters Credits.
This course is school led and the first year of your training will be in your chosen school. The second Year will be discussed with you in good time.
Trainees will complete three days a week in one school for a full academic year (days will be based around your availability)
One day a week (Friday) will be at Bishop Grosseteste University up to a maximum of 28 days
In this year you complete the majority of the university PGCE assignments
Trainees will complete three days a week in a different school organised by Diverse Association (days will be based around your availability)
Diverse Association will provide their bespoke teacher training package on Wednesday afternoons in year 2
A full time block has to be completed during year 2, this will be discussed with you, and will mean at another point in the year you can work 2 days a week
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Tuxford Academy, Marnham Road, Tuxford, Newark, NG22 0JH
Queen Elizabeth’s Academy
Chesterfield Road, South Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG19 7AP
Retford Oaks Academy
Babworth Road, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 7NJ
Harlaxton Road, Grantham, Notts, NG31 7JR
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
You want to make a real difference and your enthusiasm is clear.
You can articulate how you have influenced or positively impacted the lives of others.
You know why you want to teach and can demonstrate your teaching skills.
You understand the challenges ahead in your journey to become a teacher.
You know how to grow and learn from making mistakes.
You want to be part of the school community and understand the importance of this.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
The fee for UK and EU students is £9250.00 which is the standard rate for postgraduate courses. This is divided between the two training years.
Trainees are entitled to the same financial support as trainees on other postgraduate teacher training courses
Those from the UK and the EU are eligible for student loans to cover tuition fees and maintenance.
Bursaries are available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership in priority subject areas, this is dependent on your degree level and the subject you wish to teach and the information can be found from the DfE.
Scholarships are available from a number of sources.
About the training provider
Diverse Association for Professional Learning has been successfully running school direct programmes across primary and secondary phases since 2012. We have a number of secondary schools and over thirty five primary schools in the association, these are all quality assured by us and are located in and around Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
We pride ourselves on a personal, tailored approach. We are a small, committed team who get to know you as individuals to support your journey into teaching. The choice of training school is led by you - you select the school for your training year, are interviewed in that school and hold relationships with your future team before your training even starts. We have well established relationships with all of the schools we work with and we collaborate with the understanding that the right choice of school is an essential and important part of the process.
We are proud that some of our original cohort are now mentors for our current trainees. The employment rate for our trainees is high, with over half of each cohort being recruited directly into our partner schools.
As this course is run in partnership between Diverse Association and Bishop Grosseteste University, two interviews are required.
The university interview will establish the extent at which you are likely to meet the academic requirements of the programme, your commitment and passion for your chosen subject or phase, and the aptitude you have for teaching.
The Diverse Association interview will take place at the school you have chosen to train in, and involves the three activities below:
Teach a twenty minute lesson
Both parties discuss the outcome of the interview before a place is offered.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)
Training with disabilities and other needs
We welcome applications from all candidates, if you have a disability or other needs please add the information to the application form and we will strive to support you through the training year. There is a varying degree of disability access within our schools, If you would like to discuss this before applying please email firstname.lastname@example.org
There are no child care facilities at any of our schools however, many have nurseries close by.
All of the schools are accessible by car, many of the association schools are based near major towns and cities and so can be accessed by public transport.
Tuxford Academy Marnham Road Tuxford Nottinghamshire NG22 0JH
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
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Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
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