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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
*If you are applying from overseas, you can find information about equivalent qualifications in Mathematics, Science and English Language online.
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.
We look for candidates with the following strengths:
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…
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: Please note that this route is currently closed to applications. Where schools have funds to support a salaried trainee, we do offer places on the School Direct (salaried) route. If you are a placement school looking to support a candidate by offering a salary, please get in touch with Sally Hewitt for further information.
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.
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.
As a full-time student you may be eligible to a range of benefits or discounts, for example…
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There are some basic eligibility requirements that you must have to enable you to train to teach. These are:
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
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.
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.
No, but for the salaried programme you should typically have at least three years’ experience of transferable work history.
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.
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.
Applications can be made via UCAS. (https://www.ucas.com/ucas/teacher-training/ucas-teacher-training-apply-and-track) 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.