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School Direct Initial Teacher Training - Primary and Secondary PGCE

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    1 year

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  • Last Updated

    04 September 2018

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School Direct

School Direct is a school-based approach to teacher training, which in many ways mirrors the life of a ‘real’ teacher, as you are based in school from the very start of the training and for the majority of the course. The School Direct training at Newman runs alongside existing PGCE and undergraduate programmes. When you successfully complete the course, you are awarded a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE with QTS) with the opportunity to attain additional Masters’ credits.

Newman University continues to provide high quality School Direct primary and secondary places, working in partnership with a number of schools across the region. As one of the main School Direct providers in the West Midlands, Newman University has secured a significant number of places with school partners for September 2018.

Schools work in partnership with Newman University to recruit trainees and train them according to an agreed programme. For most trainees this will involve undertaking training at both their School and the University on occasions throughout the year.

School Direct is also a way of growing schools’ own teachers and future leaders; it can make a key contribution to school improvement strategy and help the continuing professional development of staff.

How does it work?

The programme lasts for one year, during which time the trainee is based mainly in school. Schools are at the heart of the School Direct process and agree with the University about how the training programme delivered. Some schools prefer Newman University to deliver all aspects of pedagogical training, while some schools choose to deliver aspects of this programme themselves. The majority of our partner schools work in partnership with other schools; these clusters vary in size and some might cover both primary and secondary phases. Each cluster of schools has a ‘lead school’ that manages and leads the programme. Once you have completed the year and training, schools might offer employment within the school or partnership.

Salaried and Training Routes

There are two types of programmes available across both primary and secondary phases. Schools will have already indicated which types of places they are offering. Both programmes are for one academic year and are full-time. Salaries and bursaries are available to support you and your training – but these depend upon the places offered by the school and the phases/subjects. Individual schools decide whether they are offering salaried or training places. Further information is available on the ‘Eligibility and Funding’ section.

1. School Direct - Salaried Route

Aimed at those with three or more years’ career experience. This experience will normally have been gained since leaving university and does not have to be from an educational setting, although it could be. Primarily, the salaried route is designed to career changers.

You are employed as a member of staff in school, as an unqualified teacher and paid a salary (between £15,976 and £25,267).

2. School Direct - Training route

Open to all graduates who meet the minimum entry requirements. You are strongly advised to check the entry requirements prior to application. If in doubt, contact our admissions department for clarification.

Funded by tuition fees (£9,250 - 2018 entry: paid by the trainee directly. You will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships where applicable.

Visit the School Direct Initial Teacher Training - Primary and Secondary PGCE page on the Newman University website for more details!





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