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 since 2012.

School Direct Recruitment 2020/21 –  COVID-19 Update:

Our School Direct Programme is currently still open for applications. In light of the unprecedented circumstances we are currently facing, our interview process has been adapted and will now involve a virtual interview to ensure we meet social distancing protocols.

Given the challenging circumstances in schools and the potential for this to impact the number of available placements, we are regularly reviewing our positon regarding recruitment and will post any changes to our current position on this page.

Should you have any queries about our programmes, please contact Sally Hewitt at Hewitt.s2@welearn365.com in the first instance.

To see our Teacher Training programmes that are due to start in September 2020 please visit: DfE – Find Postgraduate Teacher Training 


We currently lead two different School Direct partnerships:

Led by Claverdon Primary School and accredited by the University of Warwick.

Led by Welford-on-Avon Primary School and accredited by the University of Worcester.

  • Central location in the Midlands area, comprising schools from across the whole of Warwickshire and Coventry;
  • 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 dedicated Special Education Needs teacher training programme which offers training in special school setting;
  • 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;
  • 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 partnerships with a common set of values held across all schools and a commitment to the best possible training experience for all.

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 ‘Get into Teaching Line’ on: 0800 389 2500 or contact us.

Are you interested in training in a secondary school?  Click here for more information about secondary teacher training opportunities in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.

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.``