St Bernard’s School Direct Training Art and Design (G566)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The Sheffield SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
11 to 16 - secondary
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

St Bernard’s School Direct Training is based on a successful partnership working with both Primary and Secondary Schools in Rotherham. We offer high quality School Direct training for both Secondary and Primary through The Sheffield SCITT.

  1. This School Direct course lasts one year and results in qualified teacher status (QTS) without PGCE. This means ITTs will not be expected to work towards Master credits and will spend more time within placement schools. This option can sometimes be preferable as attention is 100% focused on the practical training. The QTS provides full qualification to teach in England. Please get in touch if you have questions about this.

  2. You’ll train in at least two good schools, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’ alongside current teachers.

  3. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and personal one to one mentors, meaning you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.

  4. The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. The focus on teaching mastery and the Science behind learning using evidence based research is prominent throughout all training sessions.

  5. You’re also equally eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans. You can find details of these here-

  6. You will have a programme of high quality continuous professional development in both the core pedagogy of teaching, and subject specific content of your chosen area of the curriculum (secondary).

School placements

Each trainee undertakes three placements: Autumn (TP1 - 15 weeks), Spring (TP2 - approx 10-12 weeks) and Summer (TP3 - 15 weeks).

TP1 and TP3 are spent in the “host” school which will support and deliver the majority of the SCITT training programme. For secondary trainees this could be within St. Bernard’s RC High School or one of our secondary partner schools within Rotherham. For primary trainees this will be within within one of our Primary Catholic partner schools. TP1 involves observations of teaching practice, weekly training sessions (compulsory hub training which takes place at St Bernard’s High School) with a gradual and supportive move towards teaching classes within one key stage (secondary) or one year group (primary). TP3 includes an increased teaching timetable and experience within a different year group/key stage.

TP2 will be spent in an alternative school that can provide a contrasting environment to the host school. Trainees will learn about their TP2 placement within their first term and will be given the opportunity to meet their TP2 mentors, tour the school and ask questions before the placement commences. Usually during this placement, the trainee will teach a contrasting key stage or year group to TP1 to support a broader understanding of the curriculum. During this placement, however, weekly hub training sessions will continue to take place at St Bernard’s High School and attendance is compulsory.

Placements within school are carefully selected and monitored by St Bernard’s High School to ensure a consistent teacher training provision is experienced by all ITTs. Partner schools are based within Rotherham, Sheffield and Doncaster therefore the trainee must accept the possibility of travel. However, genuine and personal circumstances will always be considered and accommodated where possible.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

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.

We do not offer equivalency tests ourselves but there are 3rd party providers who do e.g. and A Star Equivalency.

There are up front costs associated with these courses which you will need to fund. As the test centres could be a distance from where you live there could also be travel costs. In addition you may need to book the test in advance. So make sure you give yourself plenty of time to pass the test before our course starts in September.

Personal qualities

We are looking for the next generation of outstanding teachers and future school leaders. You must be passionate about children and education but also care about our schools, the communities we serve and the special ethos each school.

It is preferred if you have experience of working with young people - ideally some of this will be school based. However, as long as you are able to demonstrate you can engage, communicate and inspire your people, you are welcome to apply.

Other requirements

You will need to pass an Enhanced Criminal Record Check. Ideally you will have some experience working with children in a school or another organisation e.g. nursery, playgroups, scouts etc.

As we are not allowed to hold a licence to sponsor visa applications you will need to be a UK citizen. Citizen’s of the European Economic Area or Switzerland will need to check their residency status at the time of application. You will be asked to provide official confirmation of your residency status on application.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

Student type Fees to pay UK students £9,250 EU students £9,250 There are Student Loans available to pay the fees.

If you decide to pay privately then the payment schedule is:

Term 1 : £2,625 Term 2 : £2,625 Term 3 : £4,000 With each amount being due on the first day of each term.

You will have to pay the cost of the Enhanced Criminal Record Check in advance of starting the course.

At the time of writing this overview, the government have not yet provided confirmation on the funding of Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses. We will update in due course.

Financial support from the training provider

We are not able to offer any monetary financial support to trainees. However, The Sheffield SCITT admin department will support you with:

  • The Student Finance Application process.

  • Information as to whether you are eligible for a government funded Train to Teach Bursary.

  • Any national scholarships that may be available for the subject you are training to teach.

  • Membership to the Westfield Foresight Health plan to assist you with the cost of dental, ophthalmic and other treatments.

About the training provider

St. Bernard’s Catholic High School is a School Direct Lead with an Outstanding Ofsted grading. We are centered in a partnership of primary and secondary schools working in collaboration to provide the very best teaching to students within our local communities and beyond.

There are many school based ITT programmes to select from. St Bernard’s is different and we are proud of our uniqueness. As a small school, we are passionate about training the next generation of teachers. Our staff are enthused and fully equipped to share their extensive experience, knowledge and skills to develop the very best teachers of the future. St Bernard’s is a welcoming and friendly environment where all our trainees say they feel safe to learn, reflect and improve.

Specific highlights to training with us (both Primary or Secondary route) include:

  • 100% of our ITTs complete their training on at least ‘good’.

  • 100% of our ITTs secure jobs for their NQT year.

  • Immediate immersion into school life - becoming an active member of our school, experiencing a range of classroom settings and building lasting relationships with colleagues and students.

  • A focused training plan, designed by current practitioners.

  • Experienced mentors who will meet weekly with you to provide supportive reflection on your progress.

  • A commitment to mentoring you within the highest of Professional Standards required for Outstanding teachers.

  • Weekly ‘hub’ meetings where you will undertake specific training and spend invaluable time with other ITTs to share experiences, ideas and support.

Interview process

Shortlisting is undertaken on a fair and consistent basis, ensuring all applicants are considered against the minimum defined criteria within current DfE regulations. (Please refer to the DfE website).

Following a successful application to St. Bernard’s School Direct Training, you will receive an invitation to interview. The interview process includes:

  • The delivery of a teaching task (delivered to either the interview panel or a small group of students, details will be communicated prior to interview.)

  • A reflection task based on the above teaching activity.

  • A literacy and numeracy skills audit.

  • An interview with a panel that includes the St Bernard’s ITT Coordinator, as well as a subject specialist within the subject applied for. (The panel information will be communicated prior to interview).

The above may be undertaken on site at St Bernard’s Catholic High School, or remotely through a Google Meeting. This is subject to local, and St Bernard’s, lockdown measures.

Additionally the interview should be used by the applicant to address any concerns or questions about the training process. Following the interview, applicants will be informed in writing about their offer. If unsuccessful, specific and constructive targets will be clearly outlined to support with future applications. This communication will take place within 1 working week after the interview.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • 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

Those with disabilities are under-represented in the teaching profession. At St Bernard’s School Direct Training we feel we have a responsibility to provide equality of access to the training programme as well as ensuring applicants have the health and physical capacity to teach.

Every individual will have different circumstances and needs and so it is impossible to generalise about the likely impact a disability could have on a potential teaching career. For this reason it is important that you get in touch with St Bernard’s School Direct Training early on into the process to discuss any special arrangements you may need, and to explore the options.

St Bernard’s partners with The Sheffield SCITT who has a ‘Reasonable Adjustments Policy and Procedure’. This underpins our approach and is available on request by emailing

Contact this training provider

01709 828183
Saint Bernard's School Direct Training
St Bernard's RC High School, Herringthorpe Valley Road
South Yorkshire
S65 3BE

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 chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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