Our School Direct Primary (non salaried) course is a one year Initial Teacher Training programme for those who want to teach Primary age children (4-11). The course consists of two contrasting school placements, covering both key stages, and centre based training days, where you will come together as a complete cohort to cover all curriculum subjects and a wide range of other topics. Our Associate Teachers spend at least 120 days across the year on placement providing optimum opportunity to learn and develop as a teacher alongside highly experienced professionals in our good and outstanding partner schools.
Each Associate Teacher is provided with a robust support network including a mentor, QA lead and University Link Tutor to guide them through the year.
In partnership with the University of Chester you will work towards gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education. Academic sessions all take place in Telford, and you will complete three assignments during the year.
Our Primary course takes place entirely in Telford.
We are extremely privileged to have 50 local schools within our Alliance, who fully support our Initial Teacher Training programme. This provides us and our candidates with many and varied options when it comes to placement schools. We take pride in matching our Associate Teachers to placements which best fit with them, for instance taking into account travel restrictions, and can also offer placements in local special schools for those who want to take that career path.
You will undertake two placements, in contrasting schools. Your A placement will be the Autumn Term, you will go to a B placement for the Spring Term, returning to your A placement for Summer. Centre based sessions are interspersed with school based days to provide a good balance. Your school based days and teaching time will gradually increase as the course progresses. In total 120 days are spent on placement during the academic year.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.
We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.
Tests must be recognised by the University of Chester as an acceptable GCSE equivalent - please check with us before undertaking any equivalency test to ensure it is accepted.
Candidates need to have a genuine passion for teaching.
Ideally all applicants should have some school based experience, whether as a volunteer or having worked in school in a non teaching role.
Due to our relationships with our Alliance schools if this is something you need help or guidance with we will endeavour to help.
All candidates will be required to undertake a new DBS clearance via the University of Chester prior to the course commencing.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
Course fees can be covered by a Student Loan as with all university courses and repayments will only start once full time employment begins.
About the training provider
Severn Training & Schools Alliance (STSA) are committed to inspiring the next generation of teachers, we want graduates to make the most of their degree by taking the highly successful ‘School Direct’ route towards qualified teacher status. Our programme is mostly based in school and as a consequence our trainees are highly employable by the end of the year. We offer 120 days school based experience in two contrasting schools, coupled with 60 centre based training days, all of which will take place in Telford. We offer you the opportunity to gain Qualified Teacher Status by training in schools of the highest quality across our alliance, working alongside a highly skilled and dynamic workforce. Your training programme will be supported by an excellent team of local school improvement specialists and the University of Chester.
Our School Direct programme is based in Telford, with very good transport links to the West Midland conurbation and surrounding towns in Shropshire. Telford is home to the famous Ironbridge Gorge and as a designated new town has an abundance of affordable accommodation.
Successful completion of our programme will provide candidates with Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate in either Primary or Early Years (3-7) Education.
About the accredited body
We are proud to work in close partnership with the University of Chester, who are rated Outstanding by Ofsted for their primary and secondary teacher education programmes.
Our interview process is an opportunity for candidates to show us their enthusiasm for teaching and demonstrate various skills such as interaction with pupils and knowledge of education. Our interview sessions will involve at least one senior leader from one of our Alliance schools, as well as our ITT lead.
Candidates will be usually be notified of the outcome of their interview within 24 hours, and we encourage all candidates to engage with all their chosen providers prior to making a decision on which course to choose.
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
STSA and the University of Chester are keen to ensure all students are able to achieve their learning potential. Specialist University staff will support students in identifying the most appropriate solutions to potential barriers to learning. This may include creation of an Inclusion Plan which STSA will endeavour to support.
Severn Training & Schools Alliance Brookside Central Brookside Telford, Shropshire, West Midlands TF3 1LP
Support and advice
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