School Direct is a school-based teacher training programme. School Direct trainees spend the majority of the training year in placements within Delta Academies and also attend Sheffield Hallam University for frequent days during the training year.
As a Delta Teaching School Alliance School Direct trainee, you will:
Be supported by outstanding teachers, have a school-based mentor and an academic tutor from the university who will be an expert specialist in the field. All those involved in your training are dedicated to your development towards becoming a high-quality reflective practitioner.
Gain a PGCE which includes qualified teacher status and can be used as the first third of a master’s degree (60 credits) if you wish to continue with this accredited professional development in the early part of your career.
Benefit from high-quality sessions with other trainees across Delta Teaching School Alliance to develop your knowledge and application of effective strategies that underpin learning and achievement in the classroom.
Utilise outstanding, current teachers and school leaders to lead taught sessions, ensuring you learn from those who are current teachers and school leaders.
Benefit from high-quality sessions with other PGCE students at the university where research-informed practice and theoretical underpinning of classroom practice will be shared and critiqued.
Benefit from a dedicated School Direct team to offer support throughout the training year and beyond with many trainees remaining with Delta for their NQT year (Newly Qualified Teacher).
This course is a salaried, employment-based training course. To be eligible for the salaried course trainees must have three years of work experience beyond their degree and a large portion of this experience should be within a UK school.
During your training year, you will undertake placements in two contrasting schools with the majority of Secondary trainees spending most of their time in one host school with a short complementary placement after Christmas.
First placements are confirmed at or before the Delta TSA School Direct Induction which, takes place towards the end of the Summer Term (late June / early July).
As Delta Academies Trust has academies based across Yorkshire and the Humber, we will always aim to try and place trainees in academies that are within a ‘reasonable travelling distance’ from where they live to cut down on commuting time. It cannot be guaranteed that placements will be in the closest school due to additional factors. For more information as to which academies are part of Delta Teaching School Alliance, please visit our website.
Trainees will follow their Academy calendar and the timetable at the University, training in academies four days per week throughout the whole academic year. Each Friday trainees attend the University to learn as part of a professional cohort of training teachers and spend the rest of the week honing their teaching skills in their Academy. Each trainee will have a dedicated mentor within each of the placement schools as a point of contact and a person to support their personalised development.
The course will lead to a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the opportunity of gaining up to 60 credits at Masters level, as well as meeting the requirements of Teacher Standards (QTS).
A UK Honours degree, preferably at classification 2.2 or above or a recognised equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area. In some circumstances we would accept applications from applicants with a third class honours degree who submit a strong personal statement which demonstrates clear qualities suitable for teaching and who has experience of working with children.
GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above or equivalent.
If you wish to apply for the School Direct Training Programme (Salaried), typically you are required to have at least three years’ work experience in addition to the eligibility requirements detailed above.
Delta TSA, is looking for candidates who demonstrate a clear passion for teaching and a desire to ensure young people achieve their full potential. We require our trainee teachers to be enthusiastic and dedicated to the teaching profession and their academy, so that they become outstanding teachers, working always to the highest standards.
We want candidates who demonstrate key qualities such as:
Passion for teaching
Excellent communication skills
Our ultimate goal is for all our trainee teachers to become ‘Inspiring Teachers’ so that we create ‘Inspired Children’.
Trainee responsibilities include:
Participating fully in the programme of monitoring, support and assessment that is agreed with the ITT Coordinator, Mentor, Delta TSA and SHU.
Familiarisation with the Teachers’ Standards and monitoring and auditing their own progress in relation to them.
Ensuring that their conduct throughout the School Direct Programme is always of a professional manner, in line with SHU, Delta TSA and the Academy expectations.
Planning, preparing thoroughly and keeping good records. Be conscientious in researching the subject knowledge you need to teach your lessons.
Being flexible and open to new learning.
The School Direct Training Programme (salaried), which is an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school. The DfE provides funding, which the school can use to subsidise the trainee’s salary and/or training.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Delta Teaching School Alliance is part of Delta Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust (MAT) of over 50 academies in the Yorkshire and Humber region. Our MAT consists of Secondary, Primary, Infant, Junior, all through schools and Free Schools.
Delta has high retention rates with many School Direct trainees being employed as Newly Qualified Teachers within our Academies each year.
Follow this link to discover which Academies are in your area: (https://www.deltatrust.org.uk/our-academies)
We believe, due to the geographical location of all our academies, we can provide the best teacher training opportunities and provide excellent support through outreach work and sharing best practice. There are many career opportunities available to all our trainees who succeed on the School Direct Programme. We support, motivate and inspire teachers throughout their career to become leaders of the future. We strongly believe the excellence in the quality of training teachers receive, leads to excellence in education for children.
About the accredited body
Delta TSA works in close partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, sharing commitment to providing high quality training for all successful School Direct applicants.
Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) at Sheffield Hallam recently received an ‘Outstanding’ rating for primary teacher training. SIoE also received ‘Good’ grades for secondary and further education provision.
“We pride ourselves on the applied nature of your learning and quality of our teaching. The recent Ofsted report praised the quality and level of knowledge of our trainees upon completion of their studies and the high regard they are held in by our partners in the region.” (SHU-2018)
After applicants have submitted their application via the UCAS system, we will receive the applications and shortlist applications that meet our entry requirements.
Due to current COVID restrictions, we have decided to continue with online interviews until it is safe to return to face to face interviews. The interview process will include feedback on a video clip of a lesson. A ‘Teach the Panel’ activity - details will be included in your invite to interview email. Secondary candidates will complete a Sheffield Hallam University English task. There will also be a selection of formal interview questions.
Training with disabilities and other needs
Delta Academies Trust & Delta Teaching School Alliance, in accordance with its Equality and Diversity Policy, the Organisation will provide equal opportunities to all trainees and applicants and will not discriminate either directly or indirectly because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race (including colour, nationality and ethnic or national origins), religion or belief, sex and/or sexual orientation.
Sheffield Hallam University is committed to advancing equality of opportunity, experience and outcome, ensuring that students and staff realise their full potential. This is reflected through the University’s values of inclusion and supportiveness, with equality, diversity and inclusion acting as key enablers to the University Strategy.