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St Bernard’s School Direct Training Primary (G722)

QTS full time

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 in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

St Bernards School Direct Training works in collaboration with The Sheffield SCITT. We are committed to providing quality first teacher training. We continually develop and review our programme of study to make it current and relevant so you receive the best ‘on the job’ training possible.

This course will entail the majority of your time in School during which you will be guided by an experienced mentor. One afternoon per week will join other teacher trainees at The SCITT’s Primary Hub Training which is a core feature to the course. This is usually based at St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, Sheffield. Here, you will receive high quality training on all aspects of the Teacher Standards including: teacher presence, behaviour management, planning and teaching effective lessons, and how to really stretch and challenge students.

There are three formally assessed teaching practices throughout the year. typically one per term. You will begin in your ‘home’ school in September for 6 weeks. You will then move to a contrasting placement school which will commence from October Half Term until Christmas. This will be your first formally assessed placement and is called ‘Teacher Placement 1’ (TP1).

You will return to your ‘home school’ in January and undertaken Teaching Practice 2, and Teaching Practice 3. You will complete at the end of June. Throughout these placements, you must experience a contrasting key stage so you gain breadth of experience within a Primary setting. Whilst you are able to state a preference for the year group you will like to be based within, it must be noted that training will be experienced across both Key 1 and Key Stage 2 so that you gain an insight and develop skills across a broad training programme.

School placements

You will spend most of the training year in your ‘Home School’:

  • September to October Half-term
  • January to Easter.
  • Easter to June

There will be an alternative placement after October half term to Christmas in a partner school.

All ‘Home Schools’ and ‘placement schools’ are communicated to the trainee before the start of the training course.

During the second placement (January - Easter), primary ITTs will spend two days in a High School shadowing a secondary teacher.

You can express a preference for your Home School based on location, preference for the type of school or a personal connection to a community you want to serve but we cannot guarantee to meet everyone’s preference.

We make every attempt to make sure the alternative placement school is in an accessible location but it may involve a few weeks of travelling further to get that all important contrasting experience in the right school for you.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
St Bernard’s RC High School
Herringthorpe Valley Road , Rotherham , South Yorkshire , S65 3BT
St Mary’s RC Primary School (Maltby)
Muglet Lane , Maltby , Rotherham , South Yorkshire , S66 7JU
St. Bede’s Catholic Primary School. Kimberworth
Wortley Road, Rotherham, S61 1PD
St. Gerard’s Catholic Primary School, Thrybergh
Park Nook, Doncaster Road, Thrybergh, S65 4AE
St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Herringthorpe Valley Road, Rotherham, S65 2NU

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

In order to be considered for the programme you would need:

A relevant degree - if you do not have a relevant degree you will need to have an A level in the subject you want to teach.

GCSE grade C or 4 in Maths and English.

If you have any questions about qualifications – please contact and we can offer support

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 2021 to 2022 are £7,850.

The course fees for 2021/2022 are as follows:

Student type Fees to pay UK students £7,850 EU students £7,850

There are Student Loans available to pay the fees.

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

Term 1 : £2,000 Term 2 : £2,000 Term 3 : £3,850 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.

About the accredited body

St Bernard’s School Direct Lead provides the Initial Teacher Training route through the School Direct programme, in partnership with the Sheffield SCITT. Both St Bernard’s and The Sheffield SCITT share a passionate understanding that School-based-training provides the firmest foundation to becoming outstanding practitioners.

Whilst St. Bernard’s provides leading support, training and assessment on a daily basis, the Sheffield SCITT ensures the highest quality in our provision. The benefits to this partnership include:

  • Shared opportunities for weekly hub training.

  • Additional opportunities for St Bernard’s School Direct ITTs to network within a wider group of trainees across Sheffield Schools.

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 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.

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

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