School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training pathway that offers practical, ‘on-the-job’ training and teacher education. The programme aims to create highly qualified, highly skilled teachers, who are an integral part of our school communities, with the expectation that successful trainees are employed within the alliance of schools they have trained in on completion of the programme. Students on our School Direct primary routes with the University of Birmingham will undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 60 credits contributing to Master’s level.
You don’t need to worry about being thrown in at the deep-end on our programme. Within your placement schools, you will be supported by an outstanding and well-trained classroom mentor and a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team, in partnership with an experienced professional tutor from the University of Birmingham. Alongside our committed ETSA training team, you will be supported every step of your journey to reach the professional standards of teaching and gain Qualified Teacher Status alongside your PGCE qualification. Your timetable and teaching responsibility will increase as you gain in confidence and skill.
Your training will be delivered by experienced teachers within our school partnership and complemented by training by expert educators at the University of Birmingham. By being part of our cohort of ETSA trainees, you will also develop a strong professional support network with other, who understand and share the School Direct teacher training experience alongside you.
The course combines school based learning coordinated by our hub school, Moor Green Primary, https://moorgreenprimary.org.uk. School based learning will take place across our partnership of schools, allowing you to learn from different primary school settings. With lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions at the University, this programme offers the best mix of academic theory and practical application. Study at the University is largely within the School of Education’s dedicated building which includes specialist facilities, student study areas and online learning support. Over the year, you will need to gather evidence that you successfully meet all of the Teachers’ Standards (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/teachers-standards) in order to gain Qualified Teacher Status.
The schools in our partnership are each unique but share a commitment to ensuring every child receives the best possible primary education and extra-curricular experiences.