A school based training programme with the Hereteach Alliance of schools
A personal view of School Direct from School Direct Trainee Dr Mark Ratcliffe
A school-led training course gives you the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in a school. You work as part of the teaching team from day one, learning from experienced, practising colleagues and immediately putting your new skills into practice.
Why train with the Hereteach Alliance?
- A guaranteed job interview at the end of the course where there is a vacancy in your subject or phase
- A variety to teaching experiences in high quality schools and departments or faculties
- Proven high retention rates for both trainee teachers and NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers)
- Collaborative and supportive relationship between the School Direct schools and the University of Worcester
- Bursaries available up to £25K for a number of subjects (see DfEE website)
Take a look at our handbook for more information School Direct Applicant Handbook 2017-18
We offer a selection of subjects including:
- Computer Science
- Design Technology
- Modern Foreign Languages
- Physical Education
- Science – Biology; Chemistry; Physics
- A 2.2 degree or above for all subjects (a third will be considered in extraordinary circumstances and will be reviewed on a case by case basis in conjunction with the University of Worcester)
- GCSE Maths & English Language (grade C or above)
- The University of Worcester is able to organise equivalency tests for candidates without these qualifications.
- GCSE Science for primary applicants
- Pre entry Professional Skills tests: Literacy and Numeracy
- All teacher training applicants need to take the numeracy and literacy skills test as part of the application process and ensure these have been passed before the start of the course. The first attempt at taking the skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. Trainees can book up to two tests if required but will be expected to pay for these themselves.
- Good organisational skill
- Energy and humour
- School Experience
- School experience is desirable, but not essential prior to an interview. At interview we will discuss relevant prior school experience or opportunities applicants have had to work with school aged children. It is at this point that we would discuss with a candidate whether additional school experience would support an individual in their decision that teaching is right for them. Ability to independently travel to schools within the Alliance
- Ability to set and meet targets from initial interview and training in collaboration with UW (SKE courses available in Maths, D&T, Computer Science, Biology, Chemistry, French, Geography and Physics)
- Trainees have the opportunity to enhance subject knowledge and understanding through a pre-Sept course e.g. SKE in French, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology (Textiles and Food ), Geography and Maths
Changes to the arrangements for taking the skills tests
In February 2018, changes to the arrangements for the skills tests were announced.
- Candidates will have unlimited attempts to achieve a test pass.
- The 2-year lockout period will be removed; candidates previously locked out will be able to book tests for both subjects.
- All candidates will be able to book 3 tests per subject, free of charge. A charge will be applied from the fourth test attempt per subject.
If you have paid for and taken a second or third attempt at a test on or after 24 October 2017 and before 14 February 2018, you will automatically receive a refund for the cost of your test. Further details can be found on the DfE website http://sta.education.gov.uk/
In addition; The DFE requires all trainees to satisfactorily complete a medical questionnaire to demonstrate their fitness to teach.
There are two routes offered:
School Direct Training Programme
Graduates pay a tuition fee to the University of Birmingham but may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000, subject to criteria such as degree classification and subject. Attractive scholarships are also available for some shortage subjects in secondary.
School Direct (unsalaried)
The School Direct programme allows schools to recruit and train their own teachers. It gives schools the freedom to:
- decide who they want to recruit and how
- decide which subjects they want to train someone in
- decide in which school phase (i.e. primary, secondary or middle-deemed) they want to train someone
- employ the teachers they have trained in their school or in a school to which they are linked
School Direct is available in primary and secondary schools across England and courses generally last for 1 year. Trainee teachers who successfully complete a School Direct course will gain qualified teacher status (QTS). School Direct programmes may also include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).
School Direct Training Programme (salaried)
This is an employment-based route available to graduates with at least three years’ work experience. It is financed at least partly by a training salary. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school and their salary and training is subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership
School Direct (salaried)
For the current application Year (2019/2020) we have no vacancies for salaried places.
See the Department for Education’s website for information about the different routes into teaching:
All applications must be made via UCAS. Our places/courses on UCAS are listed under the name of ‘Hereteach Alliance’.
Hereteach Alliance Teaching School is in partnership with 15 schools and the University of Worcester to deliver School Direct across the county