Secondary school teachers don't just educate, they shape the futures of young adults.
The quality of teacher training in Secondary education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. "The strong pastoral role demonstrated by subject leaders and the accessibility and responsiveness to the needs of trainees. This results in confident NQTs who are well prepared to teach" the report found.
School Direct is a route into teaching which involves schools working in partnership with accredited teacher training institutions, to devise a training programme. We have a successful track-record of working with schools
to offer School Direct training routes to Qualified Teacher Status. Collectively we are committed to the development of outstanding teachers who have a transformative impact on learners' lives.
Places on our School Direct programme are open to all graduates and support the following subjects: Mathematics; Physics; Chemistry; Biology; Music; Physical Education and French.
School Direct offers two types of training places; the School Direct Non-salaried programme and the School Salaried Direct programme.
Our Non-salaried School Direct programme is a combination of school-based training and university-based courses. This fully comprehensive route into teaching involves schools working in partnership with an accredited teacher training institution, like ours, to devise a training programme.
School Direct is a route into teaching which involves schools working in partnership with accredited teacher training institutions, such as ours, to devise a training programme. We have a successful track-record of working with schools to offer School Direct training routes to Qualified Teacher Status. Collectively we are committed to the development of outstanding teachers who have a transformative impact on learners' lives.
There are excellent employment opportunities with 9 out of 10 of our newly qualified teachers gaining employment within six months of completion.
During your training, you will develop the professional values and practice required to meet the broad demands of teaching. We help you build your practical knowledge and theoretical understanding of working with secondary school students. You will also develop a vital understanding of the National Curriculum and the learning needs of young adults.
Our School Direct Training (Salaried) programme is open to graduates with three or more years' career experience (not necessarily in education). Trainees will be employed as an unqualified teacher with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. This programme replaces the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP).
We are currently working in partnership with the following schools for secondary School Direct training places.
All School Direct places will lead to a recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS), and in the case of the School Direct Training programme a PGCE.
Candidates apply directly to our partnership schools via UCAS Teacher Training for both programmes. For more details visit the Department for Education website. Although applications should be made via UCAS Teacher Training to a specific school, all successful candidates will be registered as students of the university.
Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Continuous assessment of classroom skills and teaching effectiveness builds towards a professional development portfolio. There are also academic assignments for the PGCE.
All School Direct places will lead to recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS), and in the case of the nonsalaried School Direct Training programme a PGCE.
Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in secondary schools.
School Direct is a government-led initiative that seeks to place schools at the centre of Initial Teacher Education (ITE). Working with University of Roehampton, our partner schools take a leading role in recruiting trainee teachers and in designing and delivering the training programme.
There are two possible routes if you are thinking of training via School Direct:
School Direct Training Programme (salaried)
This is open to high quality graduates with three or more years' professional experience.Applications are made on UCAS to individual schools or alliances of schools. The schools pay a salary based on that of an unqualified teacher but there is no government bursary. Trainees carry out training at Roehampton and within their school alliance.
School Direct Training Programme (tuition fee)
This route is open to all high quality graduates. The trainee can receive a bursary from the government at a level determined by the subject/phase of training and the trainee's degree class. Trainees carry out training at Roehampton and within their school alliance.
Both routes lead to a PGCE with 60 Masters credits on successful completion. There will be three assignments across the year, each leading to 20 Masters level credits. You will spend at least 120 days in school over the year long programme, and will also attend classes at Roehampton. Your main placement will be in the school that you have applied to and there will also be a shorter placement in another school which will add breadth to the experience.
You will be visited in school by a university tutor, and you will have a mentor in school. The training at Roehampton will enable you to reflect upon your practice within the broad context of educational theory so that you will feel equipped to teach in any school.
Primary Subjects offered
Secondary Subjects offered
Take the School Direct route into primary teaching with Liverpool John Moores University and gain Qualified Teacher Status. This school-centric teacher training programme offers invaluable classroom experience.
This intensive, full time programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alongside your academic award.
Although you will spend the majority of your time in school, the School Direct Programmes at LJMU include University-based training sessions which take place at the IM Marsh campus. These include: a week long summer school at the end of August, weekly campus sessions and a number of conference days or full weeks of training. Additional training and professional development programmes are organised in school by the Lead School. Two of our School Direct programmes at Knutsford and Turton are delivered off site at the schools by LJMU staff. Trainees on these programmes are still expected to attend the Summer School.
As this is a postgraduate course, you should expect to undertake a significant amount of independent study and preparation, not only to support your course assignments, but also your school-based work.
This intense programme is tightly focused on providing you with the skills and knowledge required. Tutorial support is an important part of the process and you will receive a personalised service that will enable you to set targets and achieve to your highest potential.
Your personal tutor will meet with you regularly to monitor your progress, provide guidance and advice and set targets for your development.
You will also be allocated a teacher mentor who will organise and supervise your school-based training. Your mentor will be supported by an LJMU tutor who will visit school several times during the year to monitor your progress.
The following programmes are available for School Direct Primary (tuition fee):
LJMU has Primary School Direct partnerships with:
You can search all subjects offered through LJMU School Direct routes via the UCAS Teacher Training search pages.
The University element of the programme is based around modules focusing on:
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained.
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As a motivating and engaging primary school teacher, you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on a child's life.
School Direct is a route into teaching which involves schools working in partnership with accredited teacher training institutions, such as ours, to devise a training programme. We have a successful track record of working with schools to offer School Direct training routes to Qualified Teacher Status. Collectively, we are committed to the development of outstanding teachers who have a transformative impact on learners' lives.
The key focus of our School Direct programmes is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to teach across the primary age phase (electing to specialise within either the 3–7, 5–11 or 7–11 age range). During your training, you will develop an understanding of the National Curriculum and the learning needs of children. You will also develop the professional values and practice that you will require to meet the broad demands of teaching.
The quality of teacher training in primary education was rated as 'Outstanding' in Ofsted's report on our initial teacher education provision in 2016. "The high employment rates on both core and School Direct routes which support local needs" was identified by Ofsted as a key strength.
We are delighted to work with a number of schools, alliances and multi-academy trusts in London and the South East to offer two School Direct routes into teaching:
School Direct salaried programme
School Direct programme
Both of our programmes include a combination of school-based training and university-based courses. Our programmes harness the knowledge, experience and expertise of our school colleagues within the partnership in the delivery of both programmes.
We have a long history of teacher training, going back over 100 years at Avery Hill Campus. Employment rates are consistently above national and London averages. Training is delivered by highly effective teachers from both our partner schools and the university.
Our School Direct salaried programme is open to graduates with three or more years' career experience. This does not necessarily need to have been in a school or education setting.
Trainees will be employed as an unqualified teacher with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. This programme leads to the recommendation of the award of Qualified Teacher Status.
Our School Direct programme is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. Trainees will study for a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) as well as the recommendation of the award of Qualified Teacher Status.
Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan available through Student Finance England. In addition, a bursary may be available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). For more details on funding, visit the Department for Education website.
Our current training partners include:
School Direct salaried programme:
School Direct programme:
For those trainees embarking upon the School Direct programme, you will follow our PGCE route.
The full-time PGCE consists of the following courses:
You will have the option to study both the Children's Learning and Development course and the Creativity in Learning and Teaching course at Master's level, earning 60 Master's-level credits.
The School Direct salaried programme is an employment-based route into teaching and will lead to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The majority of training will take place within schools. The training programme will be personalised to the individual's professional needs but will include training in a range of areas. For example, teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment, working with parents and the community.
All training is closely aligned to support the trainee achieve the Teachers' Standards. In addition to this, taught input will also be provided by the University of Greenwich.
Both programmes are 1 year full-time.
Trainees are assessed on a continuous basis for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). School Direct programme students will also complete assignments for the academic award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
The programme leads to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.
Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in primary schools.
This initial teacher training programme enables lead schools to choose the provider they want to work with. These schools play a key role in recruiting and selecting trainees and they work with the University to provide a high-quality training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status at Primary level. Applicants apply direct to a lead school and undertake their placements within the lead school’s partnership. Partnerships may include a mix of primary and special.
Following successful completion of the 60 (level 7) credit PGCE (QTS) year, students may then opt to progress onto the Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching Studies and then the MA in Teaching Studies with the University of Birmingham.
Students who have completed the 120 credit PGDipEd (QTS) year may progress directly onto the MA in Teaching Studies.
There are two routes currently being offered:
Students on School Direct primary routes at schools partnered with the University of Birmingham will normally undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (School Direct) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 60 credits contributing to Master's level.
Currently, School Direct with the University of Birmingham’s PGCE (School Direct) is available in the following phases / subjects where an agreement has been put in place with a School Direct school:
The primary course is designed in conjunction with our partnership of schools, is founded on our long-standing expertise in teacher education and combines the phase, curriculum and learning and teaching expertise of specialist tutors and seconded teachers at the University with the expertise of school-based colleagues. School Direct combines the best of these elements while developing analytic and reflective practitioners.
The course combines school based learning coordinated by the School Direct ‘Lead School’ with lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and practical sessions at the university. Study at the University is largely within the School of Education’s dedicated building which includes specialist facilities, a specialist Education Library, student study areas and online learning support.
School Direct students enter their training with an expectation that, if they are successful in their training and achieve QTS, they are likely to be employed within the schools in the School Direct training alliance in which they have trained.
School Direct students studying with the University of Birmingham and its School Direct partner schools can expect to be highly employable. Success in finding first teaching posts for students on the university’s postgraduate programmes is very high – and substantially above national averages. In addition to this, teachers educated with University of Birmingham partnerships typically remain in the profession and build excellent careers in teaching with progression on to leadership and management roles in schools where that is their desire. A significant number who follow our postgraduate programmes take up the opportunity to complete Masters study at some point after their induction year, further enhancing their career development. Employability rates for University of Birmingham postgraduate trained teachers are among the highest in the country.
School Direct (Salaried) students will be engaged as unqualified teachers within their School Direct school and therefore are specifically employable in that they have been trained via an ‘employment-based route’.
Many of those who have trained to teach with the University of Birmingham are now in headteacher, head of department and similar roles across the West Midlands, nationally and beyond – and many give up time and expertise to contribute to our programmes.