School Direct is an exciting and supportive way to train to teach which enables schools to take a lead role in your training. We are supported by our partnership university, Manchester Metropolitan University. On our programme this means that you have staff from the St Patrick’s Centre of Excellence, a National Behaviour hub and Manchester Metropolitan university supporting you, the best of all training routes in one.
Successful completion of School Direct leads to a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Manchester University offers additional M-Level credits which can be used towards a Master’s Degree, should you wish to do additional training at a later date.
Our evidence enriched, research informed training, ensures that you have an effective understanding of Teaching and Learning so that you can make a real difference in your own classrooms. The alliance schools that you work with are dedicating to developing the very best teachers for our young people. You will be trained in a supportive, positive, professional environment that enables you to develop your own subject knowledge alongside the pedagogy of teaching.
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All of our trainees have support from mentors in placement schools, university and a Lead Develop Tutor from Saint Patrick’s. This tutor is with you from day one until the end of the course to help coach, guide and support you.
You will attend training and development sessions across the year at St Patrick’s and MMU. These training days are timed to support the work that you are doing in schools. The step by step approach allows you to observe, discuss, practice and reflect on your own teaching so that you can learn from your experiences as you master the skills needed to become an effective teacher.
The course has a gradualised build up into teaching. You can plan, teach and share classes with the class teacher as you learn and develop your confidence. This means that when you fully take over teaching you are well prepared and have an enjoyable, successful experience. We have induction days before September and a chance to visit your placement schools. This helps you to build a wonderful community with all the trainees and staff that you will be working with.