School Direct is a school-led option offering practical, hands-on training designed by schools based on the skills that schools are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). We recruit trainees with a view to employing them within the partnership at the end of the programme. This is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.
Following the 2014/15 programme, 100% of our School Direct participants had secured jobs by June, 65% of them within our partnership.
This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’, and you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.
The course is a careful blend of school based learning and university led development.
The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. You’re also equally eligible for a training bursary (or, where appropriate, scholarship) and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.
The university element of the course is designed to engage Associate Teachers in critical reflection on the nature of education. We also aim to develop your knowledge of the primary curriculum. Group and individual tutorials in the university will give you an opportunity to discuss your ideas and the challenges you may face.
The university aspects of the course take place on the Lichfield campus and will draw upon the experience of practicing teachers as well as highly experienced tutors. The school experience is based in our strong, carefully selected schools across Lichfield, Rugeley and Burntwood.
The blend of practical experience and academic study will be evidenced by the compilation of portfolios and the production of short written academic papers.
Our programme is delivered in partnership with Staffordshire University. Your programme will be a carefully thought out blend of classroom experience, university led training and school led training.