Train to Teach

The gateway to your teaching career

Our School Direct Partnership

Schools in Warwick
  • All Saints Junior School
  • Claverdon Primary School
  • Emscote Infant School
  • The Ferncumbe C of E Primary School
Schools in Nuneaton
  • Camp Hill Primary School
  • Michael Drayton Junior School
  • Oak Wood Special School
  • Wembrook Primary School
Schools in Kenilworth
  • Priors Field Primary School
  • St Johns Primary School
  • St Nicholas C of E Primary School
Schools in Leamington
  • Cubbington Primary School
  • Sydenham Primary School
Schools in Stratford upon Avon
  • Welcombe Hills Special School
  • Bridgetown Primary School
Schools in Bedworth
  • Goodyers End Primary School
  • The Canons C of E Primary School
Schools in Coventry
  • Keresley Grange Primary School
  • Edgewick Community Primary School
  • Cannon Park Primary School
Schools in Shipston-on-Stour
  • Shipston Primary School
  • Brailes C of E Primary School
  • Acorns Primary School

Would you like to join our School Direct Partnership?

We are always keen to hear from schools that are committed to training the next generation of teachers. If you would like to join our partnership and host a trainee in your school please contact Sally Hewitt.

100% of trainees
secure NQT jobs
100% of trainees
rate our programme good or excellent
100% of trainees
secured a final grade of good or outstanding

Why Train to Teach?

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers!

Teachers have the opportunity to make a life changing difference to young people’s lives. If you enjoy working with young people and you are committed to ensuring the best outcomes for them, then we’d be interested to hear from you.

By training to be a teacher through the Gateway Alliance School Direct programme, you will have a fantastic opportunity to become an outstanding teacher and have a life-long career with lots of promotion and development opportunities.

Whether you’re a career changer, graduate or are currently working in a support capacity within school, we can provide you with the best possible training experience to equip you with the skills, knowledge, experience and confidence to be a fantastic teacher.For more information about life as a teacher visit the ‘Get into Teaching’ website.

Why train to teach with Gateway Alliance?

Established and Committed School Partnership

We are an established partnership of Primary and Special Schools based across Warwickshire and Coventry. Working together since 2012, we are committed to delivering the highest quality teacher training experience to best prepare our trainees for a successful career in the classroom.

Leading University Partner

We have developed strong relationships with our leading University partner – The University of Warwick. Working collaboratively, we ensure that our trainees receive not only a supportive in-school training experience but that this is underpinned by excellent academic training and access to industry leading research.

Professional Development and Support

As a CPD specialist, Gateway Alliance ensures that all trainees have access to the best training and support during their teacher training year and beyond. Through our central training programme, support from our dedicated central team and network of skilled and experienced mentors, Gateway Alliance trainees are supported, challenged and inspired to be the best teacher they can be!

Employability and Career Development

We carefully design our programmes to ensure our trainees are well prepared to secure their first position as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) with 100% of our former trainees securing a post after qualifying.  The majority of our trainees go on to begin their careers in one of our many local partner schools with many progressing into leadership roles within a few years.

Training to Teach – What you need to know

What we’re looking for
Training routes

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.

Selection Criteria

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:
  • GCSE: A-C or 4-9 (English, Maths & Science)*
  • Degree: min 2:2, preferred 2:1 or above
  • Work experience (salaried): min 3 years work experience (full time equivalent)
  • Eligible to work in the UK
  • Nothing to preclude you from completing a Disclosure & Barring Service check

*If you are applying from overseas, you can find information about equivalent qualifications in Mathematics, Science and English Language online.

School Experience

Although a specific amount of school experience is not essential, observing and participating in the work that goes on in classrooms helps you to be sure that teaching is for you and to demonstrate your best potential at interview. Please contact any of our partner schools to arrange a taster day or some voluntary experience.

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 is fully committed to their own ongoing professional development
  • 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

We are one of the largest Primary School Direct providers in the area and offer a range of teacher training places each year, in partnership with the University of Warwick.

Through our Gateway Alliance (Midlands) Partnership we offer both tuition fee and salaried training places, accredited by the University of Warwick, in primary and special schools across Warwickshire and Coventry.

There are two training routes for School Direct trainees, they are…

  1. School Direct Training Programme (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 bursaries and funding 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 £17,000+ while you train. Trainees are expected to pay a fee of £2,000 for the accredited element of the training programme. (Figures based on 2019/20 programme.)

Tuition Fee Route: The full time Home and EU tuition fee for studying a PGCE  is currently £9,250. Home and EU students can apply to the Student Loans Company for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of the fees. Additional fees apply to International students.

Salaried Route:  Trainees are employed by as an unqualified teacher and earn a salary (point 1 on the unqualified teacher scale) whilst training. They are required to pay a fee of £2,000 towards the PGCE element of the qualification.

For more information about fees and bursaries, including eligibility criteria, please visit the ‘Get into Teaching‘ website.

Additional Costs

Travel: Trainees are required to pay for their travel to and from their placement schools and the University, either using private and public transport. You will need to be prepared for the possibility of extra travelling time to and from your schools – possibly over an hour by car or significantly longer by public transport, although we make every reasonable effort to minimise your journey times.

Books: Books are recommended but there is no requirement to purchase specific texts and you have access to the University library.

Materials: You will need writing materials. Ideally, you will need a laptop or tablet: you will certainly need access to some type of PC.

Discounts for students…

As a full-time student you may be eligible to a range of benefits or discounts, for example…

For more information visit some of these useful websites:

The Money Advice Service

Student Finance


Case studies

“Gateway School Direct gave me so much hands on experience in school”

Sally Tinkler is a subject leader and UNCRC Rights Respecting School lead whom completed her teacher training with Gateway Alliance in 2016-2017.

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Gateway Alliance team

Chantelle Daly is a teacher and PSHE Subject Leader who completed her teacher training with Gateway Alliance in 2017-2018. Here is her story.


What qualifications do I need?

There are some basic eligibility requirements that you must have to enable you to train to teach. These are:

  • GCSEs in English, Maths and Science at grade C or Grade 4 or above.
  • An undergraduate honours degree at a 2:2 or above.
Can I still apply if I have not yet graduated?

Yes. If you are offered a place to train to teach with us, it will be subject to achieving a 2:2 or above in your degree by the time the training programme starts

Can I still apply if I am currently retaking GCSEs?

Yes. If you are offered a place to train to teach with us, it will be subject to achieving a grade C or grade 4 or above in your GCSE by the time the training programme starts.

If you are applying to our Arden Forest Programme, you may be able to sit an equivalency test through The University of Worcester if you do not meet the GCSE requirements.

If my qualifications are not from the UK can I still apply?

We do accept applications from candidates who hold qualifications gained outside the UK. You will need to apply for a Statement of Comparability from the UK National Academic Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) and will need to provide proof that are eligible to live and work in the UK. You may also be required to submit copies of certificates and transcripts. 

I want to apply for the salaried programme does my work history need to be in education?

No, but for the salaried programme you should typically have at least three years’ experience of transferable work history.

Do I need to have experience of working/volunteering in school to apply for a teacher training programme?

Although a specific amount of school experience is not an essential requirement, observing and participating in the work that goes on in classrooms helps you to be sure that a career in teaching is right for you and to demonstrate your best potential at interview.

What qualification will I receive at the end of the course?

Upon successful completion of our programmes, you will be awarded a PGCE with recommendation for QTS. You will also be awarded 60 Masters’ Level credits which can be used towards a further study to achieve a full Masters’ degree.

How do I apply?

Applications can be made via UCAS. ( You will need to search for the Gateway Alliance.

Gateway Alliance (Midlands) Programme – provider code is 23E.

Gateway Alliance (Arden Forest) Programme – provider code is 2L6

What is the recruitment and selection process?

If you are successfully shortlisted, you will usually be invited to an interview which will also involve a short classroom activity with a group of children.

Can I carry on with my part time job during the course?

Your training year is full-time. You will be juggling the demands of working in school with academic study and, for this reason, we would advise against continuing with part-time work whilst completing your training year.

How much teaching will I do?

Your teaching will gradually build over the course of the academic year. By the summer term, you will be teaching around 80% of the school timetable to ensure you are prepared for your NQT year.

How will I be assessed?

Your teaching practice will be assessed through regular assessments against the Teachers’ Standards. The academic element of the programmes will be assessed through written assignments and tasks.

Where will my second placement be during the spring term?

We will arrange your second placement for you, usually in one of our partner schools. We consider a range of factors to best accommodate your training needs and personal circumstances.

Can I find my own placements?

We will secure your host and complementary placements in one of our partnership schools. If you have relationships with particular schools please discuss this with us.

What financial support is available to me?

Tuition fee and maintenance support is available, dependent on your status as a home, EU or non EU trainee. For more information, visit:

Also, as a full-time student you may be eligible to a range of benefits or discounts, for example…

For more information visit some of these useful websites:

The Money Advice Service

Student Finance


Will I get a job at the end of the course?

Our partnership is made up of a large number of schools and many of our trainees secure their NQT post in a placement or partner school.  We will support you to get a job, but we cannot guarantee a job will be available at the end of the programmes. To date, 100% of our trainees that have successfully completed the programme have secured a job.

Still have a question?