School Direct

School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) programme; it provides an opportunity for schools to directly influence the way in which ITT is delivered and ensure the best potential teachers are recruited to the profession. It gives schools much greater control and influence over teacher training and allows schools to recruit and train teachers to best meet their needs locally. The school direct programme offers trainees a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best teachers whilst also being supported academically by university staff.

The Gateway Alliance has led a school direct partnership since 2012.  Our partnership is made up of schools from across the Warwickshire and Coventry areas and we work in close partnership with the University of Warwick, to offer the best possible teacher training experience. We specialise in supporting primary and special school teacher trainees and 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 across a number of partner schools.

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  • Central location in the Midlands area, comprising schools from Coventry and Warwickshire
  • 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
  • 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
  • A large partnership of high quality schools that can offer a range of fantastic NQT employment opportunities to those that successfully complete their training

We are offer a number of training places each year via both the training or tuition fee route and also via the salaried route…

  1. School Direct Training Programme (Training/Tuition Fee) ⇒ This route is open to anyone who meets the minimum eligibility criteria for teaching.  You will undertake the majority of your training in school, but you will not be employed by the school.  This route incurs a £9,250 tuition fee although you may be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries or scholarships. For more information about school direct bursaries click here.
  2. School Direct Training Programme (Salaried) ⇒ This is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You will undertake the majority of your training in school and will earn a salary of £16,000+ while you train. (Figures based on 2016/17 programme.) Trainees are expected to pay a fee of £2,055 for the accredited element of the training programme.

We have a wide partnership of schools who offer School Direct training places across the Warwickshire and Coventry areas.  Our lead school is Claverdon Primary School and our partnership name is Gateway Alliance (Midlands).

For a full list of our partner schools click here.

UCAS Course Code

Programme Title:

2HPJ

Primary (Training/Tuition Fee)

2HPM

Primary (Salaried)

2W2Q

Primary – Special Educational Needs (Training/Tuition Fee)

2KXB

Primary – Special Educational Needs (Salaried)

32SL

Primary – Key Stage 1 (Training/Tuition Fee)

33CV

Primary – Key Stage 1 (Salaried)

All programmes lead to a final award of: QTS with full PGCE (5-11 years Primary) + 90 CATS points towards a Masters

For the full programme overviews see below or click here.

Programme Title: Primary (Training/Tuition Fee)

UCAS Course Code: 2HPJ

Final Award: QTS with full PGCE (5-11 years Primary) + 90 CATS points towards a Masters

Overview:

On this primary mainstream School Direct programme you will undertake your training in a mainstream primary, infant and/or junior school and will spend a term in each of the 3 primary age groups:

– Key Stage 1 (year 1 or 2)

– Lower Key Stage 2 (year 3 or 4)

– Upper Key Stage 2 (year 5 or 6)

For the majority of the training year you will be based at your ‘host school’, however you will spend 1 term on a complementary placement, in a contrasting school setting. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a 2-week placement in a special school.

 

Programme Title: Primary (Salaried)

UCAS Course Code: 2HPM

Final Award: QTS with full PGCE (5-11 years Primary) + 90 CATS points towards a Masters

Overview:

On this primary mainstream School Direct programme you will undertake your training in a mainstream primary, infant and/or junior school and will spend a term in each of the 3 primary age groups:

– Key Stage 1 (year 1 or 2)

– Lower Key Stage 2 (year 3 or 4)

– Upper Key Stage 2 (year 5 or 6)

For the majority of the training year you will be based at your ‘host school’, however you will spend 1 term on a complementary placement, in a contrasting school setting. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a 2-week placement in a special school.

As a salaried trainee you will be employed by your ‘host school’ for the duration of the course and receive a salary equivalent to point 1 of the unqualified teacher pay scale.

 

Programme Title: Primary – Special Educational Needs (Training/Tuition Fee)

UCAS Course Code: 2W2Q

Final Award: QTS with full PGCE (5-11 years Primary) + 90 CATS points towards a Masters

Overview:

On this primary specialist School Direct programme you will undertake the majority of your training in a special school and you will spend a term in each of the 3 primary age groups:

– Key Stage 1 (year 1 or 2)

– Lower Key Stage 2 (year 3 or 4)

– Upper Key Stage 2 (year 5 or 6)

For the majority of the training year you will be based at your ‘host school’, however you will spend 1 term on a complementary placement, in a mainstream primary school setting.

 

Programme Title: Primary – Special Educational Needs (Salaried)

UCAS Course Code: 2KXB

Final Award: QTS with full PGCE (5-11 years Primary) + 90 CATS points towards a Masters

Overview:

On this primary specialist School Direct programme you will undertake the majority of your training in a special school and you will spend a term in each of the 3 primary age groups:

– Key Stage 1 (year 1 or 2)

– Lower Key Stage 2 (year 3 or 4)

– Upper Key Stage 2 (year 5 or 6)

For the majority of the training year you will be based at your ‘host school’, however you will spend 1 term on a complementary placement, in a mainstream primary school setting.

As a salaried trainee you will be employed by your ‘host school’ for the duration of the course and receive a salary equivalent to point 1 of the unqualified teacher pay scale.

 

Programme Title: Primary – Key Stage 1 (Training/Tuition Fee)

UCAS Course Code: 32SL

Final Award: QTS with full PGCE (5-11 years Primary) + 90 CATS points towards a Masters

Overview:

On this key stage 1 focused School Direct programme you will undertake your training in a mainstream primary or infant school.  You will spend:

– 1 term in year 2,

– 1 term in Lower Key Stage 2 (year 3 or 4) and

– 1 term in year 1.

You will also spend time in Reception throughout the year, although this will not be a formally assessed placement.

For the majority of the training year you will be based at your ‘host school’, however you will spend 1 term on a complementary placement, in a contrasting school setting.

 

Programme Title: Primary – Key Stage 1 (Salaried)

UCAS Course Code: 33CV

Final Award: QTS with full PGCE (5-11 years Primary) + 90 CATS points towards a Masters

Overview:

On this key stage 1 focused School Direct programme you will undertake your training in a mainstream primary or infant school.  You will spend:

– 1 term in year 2,

– 1 term in Lower Key Stage 2 (year 3 or 4) and

– 1 term in year 1.

You will also spend time in Reception throughout the year, although this will not be a formally assessed placement.

For the majority of the training year you will be based at your ‘host school’, however you will spend 1 term on a complementary placement, in a contrasting school setting.

As a salaried trainee you will be employed by your ‘host school’ for the duration of the course and receive a salary equivalent to point 1 of the unqualified teacher pay scale.

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who have a passion for education, are positive, enthusiastic, organised, creative, flexible, patient and have a desire to share these skills with young people of all abilities in the primary age range.

School Experience

We would expect all applicants to have experience of British primary mainstream schools. This could be as a volunteer or in paid work.
Although there is no set amount of school experience that we require, the experience that you have got should be meaningful, relevant and significant and it should enable you to talk about learning in a range of settings. Please reflect on this experience and explain in your application form what you have learnt from it. It should also have given you an insight into the workload expectations and how highly demanding the role of a teacher is.

Desirable Skills & Qualities

We look for candidates with the following strengths:

  • Passion for learning and an interest in/knowledge of education
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Ability to stay calm and deal with stressful situations
  • Drive to succeed and resilience in the face of difficulty
  • Experience of working with children with special educational needs
  • Being part of a team and working collaboratively
  • Managing teams and other adults, holding people to account
  • Sense of fun!
  • Reflective practitioner who responds to feedback
  • Interests outside of education
  • ICT competent & confident
  • Willing to travel/ able to work in a range of locations

Through your application we would expect you to demonstrate how your personal qualities and experience prepare you for a career in teaching.

To view our School Direct selection criteria click here.

All applications should be made via the UCAS teacher training online application portal at www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training.

Click on “Search for courses” and search for ‘Gateway Alliance (Midlands)‘ c/o lead school Claverdon Primary School.

The Gateway Alliance will be leading the recruitment process working in partnership with the University of Warwick.

Short-Listing

A panel comprising of headteachers and senior leaders from Gateway schools will short-list the applications on behalf of the partner schools.
Please note: All candidates must meet the entry requirements and have prior experience (paid or voluntary) within schools. Where candidates are from overseas please contact the University of Warwick or NARIC to check equivalency of qualifications. Those candidates who have already completed their skills tests will be considered positively. Where there are gaps within work history then this may delay your application as further checks may have to take place.

Assessments

All short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an assessment morning.
At the assessment morning you will undertake two written tests, one for English and one for Maths. Only candidates who successfully pass both tests will be invited to the next stage of the selection process.

English test…
You will be asked to demonstrate appropriate reading and writing skills. These are two skills which will enable you to engage with the critical analyses necessary to complete the course assignments at an appropriate postgraduate level.

Mathematics test…
You will be asked to complete a range of simple calculations. We strongly recommend that you revise your subject knowledge in basic numeracy skills and we suggest you practise the work expected of Key Stage 2 children by looking at the Primary Frameworks for Literacy and Mathematics. This sets out the mathematical competencies that children should achieve at the end of key stage 2.

Interviews

Candidates who have successfully passed the written assessments will be invited to a school based interview. This will involve the following:

  • 15 minute observed teaching task
  • Group discussion activity
  • Panel interview

More information will be given prior to interview.

For more information about teacher training please visit:

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 ‘National 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.``