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Postgraduate Primary - join our 2019/2020 cohort

School Direct trains you in one year to become a Newly Qualified Teacher in a primary school. You will be based in two different primary schools across the year, immersed in school life and take an active role in the school team. You will work mainly in a lead school, with an additional placement for 10 weeks to give you breadth of experience. You will be assigned a home school and have experience of 2 different classes/age groups. In the second term you have 10 weeks experience in a contrasting school. You will be given a mentor who will work with you throughout the year. The mentor is a teacher from your home school. Weekly they will travel to meet you at your second school. Your class teachers and mentor will be a very good/outstanding practitioner.

During your training amount of direct contact with your class is:

Term 1: 50% contact/50% non-contact

Term 2: 60% contact/40% non-contact

Term 3: 70% contact/30% non-contact

As your teaching commitment increases, so your university set assignments decrease.

Our partnership schools are a diverse and broad selection; small rural schools of less than 100 pupils, larger urban schools of more than 350 pupils. This means that you will be able to experience a range of teaching scenarios and class sizes. You will have opportunities to visit schools in the academy other than your home or second school.

Some of your training will be school-based, led by teachers and working with other trainees from other schools; you will also attend University and be part of a broader cohort of University students.

We provide 12 Subject Knowledge Days delivered by talented ‘SLEs’ and teachers who have expertise in a range of curriculum areas. We also offer 5 afternoon workshops in the final term delivering information on curriculum areas and educational issues of your choice so that you can ‘lead your training’.

We organise 6 ‘Teach Meets’ during the year when you are able to meet your fellow trainees to discuss and share teaching strategies and methodology that has been observed in the classroom.

Our expertise covers many specialisms of education: childhood development, early years, literacy and wellbeing.

As well as working with outstanding teachers you will also be able to participate in ‘cpd’ offered to permanent teaching staff. Cpd is delivered by the Teaching School’s ‘SLEs’ as well as cpd that is bought in by the academy.

Interview process

Following your application, a decision is made to invite you to interview at our ‘home’ school, Blackpool Primary School. The interview process lasts around 4 hours during which time you will be asked to:

• take part in a discussion task with other candidates around a pertinent educational issue

• lead a teaching activity for 6 children – you choose the teaching topic and age group of children

• following a tour of the school, produce a piece of writing linked to the learning environment and school ethos

• complete a short Maths test

• take part in a formal interview

You will be interviewed by the Director of Primary Excellence Teaching School, the ITT Lead, a Head of Teaching & Learning and a representative from our partner university, Plymouth Marjon. You will be notified of the interview decision within 24 hours.

How school placements work

From day one, trainees will be school based and a part of a school team, will be working with outstanding teachers and mentors in our Teaching School alliance schools. School Direct brings together all the necessary elements required for excellence in Initial Teacher Education and Training; this is built upon a partnership of expert school-based practitioners and our experienced accrediting provider, University of St Mark & St John. The programme brings teacher education pedagogy and up to date research within a school-based setting, providing enriched, school-based essential classroom experiences that allows you to put theory into practice as you develop into an outstanding teacher. The School Direct programme duration is one academic year (September - July), during which time you will be based in a home school and to ensure a breadth of experience you will undertake a number of high quality school placements across our Partner schools, as well as a bespoke programme of training developed and delivered by University lecturers and outstanding teachers. Our programme has been designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an outstanding classroom teacher.

Collaborative Programme Design

Set in School from Day 1

Broad and rich variety of high quality diverse school-based settings

Strong ethos of support working with outstanding teachers and mentors in each school

Bespoke programme with further opportunity to develop a specialist area


The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250



Applicants must have:

  • a degree at 2:1 or above consideration may be given to applicants with a 2:2
  • GCSE English, Mathematics, Science at grade C or above (or equivalent qualifications).
  • completed the Professional Skills' tests in Literacy and Numeracy by June 30th prior to beginning training in September.
  • completed a declaration regarding any criminal convictions, clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau regarding suitability to work with young people and a fitness to teach declaration.
  • relevant experience of 10 days observing and working in a school setting.

Personal qualities

Are you a 'hands on' learner? If so School Direct is for you.

We need candidates with values, qualities and attributes to become outstanding teachers, the drive and motivation to succeed.

Candidates with:

• passion to make differences to the lives of young people

• a 'can do' attitude

• good interpersonal skills

• imagination

• excellent organisational and time management skills

Wanting experience of:

being part of a school team

how schools address behaviour management

different school settings

how parents support children’s learning

the challenges of different learning environments

how you create deep rather than surface learning

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