Teacher Training

School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training programme which provides a fantastic opportunity to train as a teacher ‘on the job’. The Gateway Alliance specialise in supporting primary and special school teacher trainees and have led a School Direct Programme, in partnership with the University of Warwick, since 2012.

“It has been great to train in one of the Gateway Alliance schools as it is such a well-respected and strong primary partnership. The Gateway team are specialists in supporting trainees in primary schools and the quality of training and support has been fantastic.”

Richard – Gateway Alliance School Direct Trainee

You’ll be part of a school based teaching team, in one of our 30+ partner schools, from the very start; receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. You have the opportunity to become immersed in school life through your training year, which means when you begin your first job as a teacher you are better prepared for life in school. You will access an outstanding academic programme of study at the University of Warwick which will support you to understand the theory behind teaching whilst developing and practicing your skills in school.

The Gateway Alliance School Direct Partnership is made up of a wide range of schools from across the Warwickshire, Coventry and surrounding areas and we work together with the University of Warwick, to offer the best possible teacher training experience.  Our strong partnership represents a mixture of large and small, urban and rural, faith, independent, academy and maintained schools.  Through the training year we make full use of the strengths of our partnership and offer trainees access to a wide range of experiences and learning opportunities across a range of our partner schools.

  • Central location in the Midlands area, comprising schools from Coventry and Warwickshire
  • One of the largest Primary School Direct partnerships, with a wide range of schools from large, urban new builds to small, rural settings
  • A partnership which specialises in supporting primary and special school trainees, with a wealth of expertise and experience of supporting training in these settings
  • A fantastic range of NQT employment opportunities to those that successfully complete their training
  • Access to a wealth of tailored CPD opportunities that will support you to develop your skills throughout the training year and beyond
  • A central training programme led by a team of experts from across the partnership which includes specific training sessions and regular trainee network meetings
  • A strong partnership with the Ofsted rated “Outstanding” provider – University of Warwick – which means that a high quality in-school experience is underpinned by outstanding academic training and access to industry leading research
  • Highly experienced mentors and outstanding teachers who have been supporting teacher trainees for many years
  • A growing alumni of school direct graduates that are keen and willing to support new trainees
  • A well-established partnership with a common set of values held across all schools and a commitment to the best possible training experience for all

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If you have any questions or queries about school direct that you cannot resolve by viewing information on the above websites then you could call the ‘Get into Teaching Line’ on: 0800 389 2500 or contact us.

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What Our Trainees Say About Us

“The Gateway Alliance has offered continuous support and advice. In addition, there have been plenty of useful meetings to discuss and support our professional development. I've felt the staff have all gone above and beyond to support me on a personalised basis and have prepared me for the world of teaching.”

``It has been great to train in one of the Gateway Alliance schools as it is such a well-respected and strong primary partnership. The Gateway team are specialists in supporting trainees in primary schools and so the quality of training and support has been fantastic.``

``The Gateway Alliance School Direct programme provided an excellent support network throughout the School Direct training year. It enabled me to build lasting relationships with other trainees and existing teachers within the alliance, something that was invaluable at the time and I'm sure will continue to be so throughout my teaching career.``

``It has been great to meet regularly with the other Gateway trainees in order to share experiences and undertake specific training.``

``The Gateway team are highly responsive and flexible in order to best support our needs as trainees.``

``Gateway provide such a wealth of relevant CPD opportunities for trainees, which other school direct partnerships just don't offer.``