Ashmount School is the lead school for the School Direct programme and there are eight Secondary Schools in the partnership – Limehurst Academy, Castle Donington College, Charnwood College, Humphrey Perkins, Iveshead School, Maplewell Hall School, Rawlins Academy and Woodbrook Vale.
In addition, we have built strong links with specialist departments in schools outside of our partnership.
School Direct is an innovative training programme open to enthusiastic, high quality graduates or professionals who want to be part of a school team from day one whilst working alongside outstanding practitioners.
You may be eligible for a bursary to support you while you train, depending on your degree classification and the course you’re applying for.
We are passionate about teacher training and at the centre of our programme is a commitment to providing the best possible education for our pupils.
Training lasts for one academic year starting at the end of August.
We organise 2 Secondary school placements to give you a range of experience over the year across Key Stage 3 - Key Stage 5.
You will be based for 4 days per week in your placement school, and the other day is spent at either Ashmount School or the University of Derby undertaking core training.
Key training is led by experienced and specialist leaders, including University staff, Headteachers, SLEs and successful teachers.
You will also spend 1 week in a SEND placement and 1 week in a Primary School.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in art and design 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.
If you have the motivation, commitment, resilience and ability to inspire a love of learning, then this is the course for you.
A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is required at the point of accepting a place at the University.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Studying for a postgraduate degree is a good investment in your future, but you need to carefully consider how you’re going to pay for your course and your living costs.
Most students will be able to apply for loans and depending on where you live and your circumstances, bursaries and scholarships might also be available.
The University of Derby postgraduate degrees are competitively priced and all the essential equipment and activities are included.
The fees are slightly different depending on whether you normally live in the UK/EU or outside of the EU.
Financial support from the training provider
To pay for your tuition fees and living costs, you may be able to take out a student loan. These loans don’t usually need to be paid back until you have graduated and are earning a good salary.
Sometimes, bursaries and scholarships are also available - it depends on your circumstances and which country you usually live in. These don’t need to be paid back.
Please visit our website for more information [www.derby.ac.uk] or call our helpline on 01332 592000
About the training provider
The Loughborough Learning Alliance is a Learning Alliance based in Loughborough, Leicestershire.
We provide Primary, Special Educational Needs (SEND) and Secondary Teacher Training.
We work with a number of schools to provide high quality placements and we ensure that our trainees are well supported throughout their training year (and beyond).
If you are successful, you will be invited to interview at Ashmount School in Loughborough.
You will be interviewed by the Learning Alliance Manager and another Senior Leader (i.e. Headteacher from a Member School).
There will be some activities to complete on the day but we will advise you what we would like you to prepare prior to your interview.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
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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
get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).