School Direct Training Programme

The School Direct Training Programme is school-embedded initial teacher training (ITT) in primary and secondary schools across England. All of BGU’s School Direct places will lead to both a full PGCE award and Qualified Teacher Status.

There are two separate School Direct training options:

School Direct Training Programme (non-salaried):
You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £30,000 to support you while you train. Click the below links for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies for both the Primary and Secondary courses.

School Direct Training Programme (salaried):
An employment-based route available to high-quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience who will earn a salary whilst they train. Click the below links for important information about this course including additional costs, resources and key policies for both the Primary and Secondary courses.

For further information about School Direct please visit the National College for Teaching and Leadership website.

KEY FACTS

Award: Postgraduate

Duration: 1 year full-time

Start Date: September

Typical Offer: At least a 2:2 degree classification. 50% of the degree content to be relevant to the chosen subject specialism (Secondary). Recent and relevant school experience.

Institution Code: B38

UCAS Code: n/a

Subjects Available

Through our partnerships, there are training places available in the following subject areas:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Dance
  • Design Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • Health and Social Care
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Primary
  • Primary (Special Educational Needs)
  • Business Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Religious Education

Schools we are Working in Partnership With

The Lead Schools are as follows:

Boston St Mary’s Teaching Partnership 

  • Primary

Eastgate Academy

  • Primary

Greenwood Academies Trust

  • Primary
  • Secondary: Geography, Mathematics, Modern Languages (French)

Hampton Hargate Primary School

  • Primary

Humber Teaching School

• Primary

• Secondary: Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Economics, English, Geography, Health and Social Care, Media Studies, Social Sciences

Nottingham Catholic Teaching School Alliance

  • Primary
  • Secondary: Geography, Mathematics, Modern Languages (French & Spanish), Religious Education

Phoenix School

  • Primary (Special Educational Needs)

Stamford ITE Cluster

  • Primary

Tall Oaks Academy Trust

  • Primary

The Bardney C of E and Methodist Primary School

  • Primary

The David Ross Education Trust

  • Primary
  • Secondary: Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages (French), Physical Education, Physics

The Forge Trust

  • Primary

The Giles Academy

  • Secondary: Biology, Chemistry, English, Geography, Mathematics, Physics

The St Francis Special School

  • Primary
  • Secondary: Chemistry, Drama, English

Washingborough Academy

  • Primary

Entry Requirements

You will normally need:

  • GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics. For those wishing to study Primary, a Science is also required at the time of application
  • an honours degree at a 2:2 classification or above (Where the degree result is to be awarded in the year of application, we will require a predicted degree classification as part of an academic reference provided on the application). For Secondary, 50% of the degree content to be relevant to the chosen subject specialism
  • Experience – please see the information below
  • Skills Tests in Numeracy and Literacy
  • Declaration of Health Form
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure

NB: Please note for 2017 entry, we will consider applicants who are due to achieve their GCSE or equivalent qualification by 31 July 2016. Please note that we do accept equivalencytesting.com as a recognised equivalent.

When shortlisting for interview, we will consider the following aspects of your qualifications:

  • GCSE grades (or equivalents) and relevance of subjects
  • A Level grades (or equivalents) and relevance of subjects
  • Degree Class and relevance of content
  • Additional relevant qualifications

GCSEs
You must be able to evidence successful completion of your GCSE qualifications by July 31st 2016 for September 2016 entry. We are unable to consider applications with a pending GCSE qualification if the final result cannot be evidenced by July 31st. Please see our list of accepted equivalents.

Experience
Experience in a relevant setting is important as it will help you to make sure that you are aware of the role of a teacher in the twenty-first century. The course is intensive and demanding and you need to be very sure that you understand and are suited to a career in the teaching profession.

We encourage you to gain some experience in schools as this is a good starting point for you to gain an interview for the Primary PGCE.

Skills Tests
All trainee teachers are required to pass skills tests in numeracy and literacy before they can be recommended for the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Applicants to ITT courses which start after 1 July 2013 will be required to pass the skills tests before starting their course and this will be a condition of your offer if it applies to you.

The numeracy and literacy skills tests do not replace the GCSE grade C equivalence entry requirement and are taken online at any of approximately 150 test centres throughout the UK. If successful at the interview stage, this will form part of your conditions of offer. Please click here for further information.

Health and DBS
In addition you will be required to obtain a satisfactory Declaration of Health Form, or if required, a medical examination. All students will need to pay £57.20 for DBS Check (formerly CRB). A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.

If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email enquiries@bishopg.ac.uk.

BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.

How do we deal with your application?

  1. Receipt of your application
  2. Screen your application against the Entry Requirements indicated above
  3. Look closely at your application, with our school partners, to decide whether to invite you for the Selection Day in school following a successful Selection Day (depending upon the place applied for).
  4. If successful, you will be offered a place and you will be requested to respond to our decision within a timeframe

Accreditation for Prior Learning
If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.

Careers and Further Study

The teaching profession has a well-structured career pathway which moves progressively from initial teacher training through to newly qualified (NQT) status to qualified teacher. On passing your induction year, your career can escalate through to subject coordinator, specialist leader in education (SLE), a Deputy Head teacher, or even a Head teacher.

Graduates of this course will generally go to posts in teaching or in other educational settings. Many continue to work in our partner schools and often become mentors to our trainee teachers. BGU can help with your continued professional development through the Masters programme.

Fees, Funding, Scholarships and Bursaries

There are financial incentives for postgraduate non-salaried teacher training courses in 2017 / 18 by subject. For further information and clarification regarding eligibility please visit the Get into Teaching website

​A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sorting out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step. Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

How to Apply

PGCE and School Direct applicants must apply online via UCAS Teacher Training. The application fee will be £23.00, to be sent along with the completed UCAS Teacher Training application form.
PGCE
Postgraduate and Professional Graduate Certificates in Education (PGCE) offer an integrated academic and professional preparation for teaching, combining academic study at masters level with recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This is available for early years teaching, general primary teaching and for a range of primary and secondary subject specialisms.
School Direct
The School Direct Training Programme is school-embedded Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in primary and secondary schools across England. All of BGU’s School Direct places will lead to both a full PGCE award and Qualified Teacher Status.

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