Gateway Alliance (Midlands) Partnership

The Gateway Alliance (Midlands) School Direct Partnership specialise in supporting primary and special school teacher trainees to train in our partnership of schools primarily across the Warwickshire and Coventry area. The Gateway Alliance (Midlands) partnership have been leading a School Direct Programme, in partnership with the University of Warwick, since 2012. We have trained more than 70 teachers over the last 6 years and our programme is extremely highly regarded by both trainees and schools.

“It has been great to train in one of the Gateway Alliance (Midlands) 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

“Teachers that qualify through the Gateway Alliance (Midlands) School Direct programme are always of the highest quality.  They are fully prepared for life in school and quickly progress in their careers.”

Headteacher – Gateway Alliance (Midlands) partnership school

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 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
  • 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

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)

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

PROGRAMME START DATE:  All programmes will start on Tuesday 27th August 2019, commencing with an induction week at the University of Warwick.  Induction week absences will not be authorised.

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.

For more information about financial support whilst you are training please see – fees and finance

Our partnership of schools is made up of a large and highly committed group of primary and special schools from across Warwickshire, Coventry and the surrounding area. We are brought together as a partnership by our shared aim of wanting to provide the best possible training experience for the next generation of teachers.

All partner schools may host training placements within their school or contribute to the programme of training, by sharing their expertise to the benefit of all Gateway Alliance School Direct trainees.

If you would like to gain some work experience within on of our partner schools, please contact the school directly.  If you would like to discuss this further please contact us.

Our lead school is Claverdon Primary School, Warwick.

Gateway Alliance – Partner Schools

The following schools are part of the Gateway Alliance School Direct Partnership. Click on the link to visit the school website.

Please note, not all of these schools recruit a trainee every year and new schools join the list regularly.

School NameLocation
All Saints Junior SchoolWarwick
Camp Hill Primary SchoolNuneaton
Claverdon Primary SchoolWarwick
Cubbington Primary SchoolLeamington
Emscote Infant SchoolWarwick
Goodyers End Primary SchoolBedworth
Hillmorton Primary SchoolRugby
John Gulson Primary SchoolCoventry
Keresley Grange Primary SchoolCoventry
Michael Drayton Junior SchoolNuneaton
Oak Wood Special SchoolNuneaton
Priors Field Primary SchoolKenilworth
Queen’s Junior SchoolNuneaton
The Stour FederationShipston-on-Stour
St John’s Primary SchoolKenilworth
Sydenham Primary SchoolLeamington
The Ferncumbe C of E Primary SchoolWarwick
Welcombe Hills Primary SchoolStratford-upon-Avon
Nuneaton
Whitestone Infant SchoolNuneaton

The Gateway Alliance School Direct Programme is accredited by our partner initial teacher training provider – the University of Warwick.

We have worked in partnership with Warwick, developing our School Direct Programme, since 2012. Our programme has been co-designed by leading University academics alongside outstanding teachers and leaders from within our schools, making the Gateway Alliance School Direct Programme the best choice for people who wish to train to become a teacher.

The University of Warwick…

  • is an (Ofsted) Outstanding teacher training provider
  • is one of the top 10 universities in the UK
  • has over 40 years experience of supporting teacher training
  • has a 94% course completion rate, with 97% of those trainees being graded as Outstanding or Good at the end of the course
  • has a 98% employment rate
University Taught Course Structure

The academic study that trainees undertake whilst on our School Direct programme, is carried out at the University of Warwick. You’ll be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors and mentors who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

There are two elements to the taught course, led by the University:

  • Professional Studies – develops a good understanding of the key factors in successful learning and teaching. It deals with central issues of planning, teaching, assessing and behaviour management as well as addressing such issues as safeguarding of children
  • Subject Studies – covers both core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and non-core (Foundation) subjects. Foundation subjects are covered through ‘taster’ sessions for each subject: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography and History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Physical Education (P.E.), Religious Education (R.E.) and PSHE.

This taught element of the course is delivered at the University for approximately 30 days, throughout the training year.  The rest of the time you will spend in school, putting the theory into practice and learning from highly supportive and experienced teachers.

For more information about all of our teacher training programmes visit…  FIND POSTGRADUATE TEACHER TRAINING

Search for training provider name: ‘Gateway Alliance (Midlands)‘provider code 23E.

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

Our Recruitment and Selection Process

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

Short-Listing

We will shortlist against the selection criteria and successful candidates will be invited for interview in one of our partner schools.
Please note: All candidates must meet the entry requirements. Where candidates are from overseas please contact the University of Warwick or NARIC to check equivalency of qualifications. Where there are gaps within work history then this may delay your application as further checks may have to take place.

Interviews

All shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend 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 advice about applying for teacher training visit the Get into Teaching website.