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School Direct 2015/16

St John Bosco Catholic Teaching School are pleased to announce that we have been allocated 17 places on the School Direct training programme for the next academic year in both secondary and primary.

This will be the non-salaried mainstream route with PGCE run in conjunction with our ITT partner, Newman University College.

  • If you train with us, you will work with experienced, expert professionals and you will have the opportunity to work in 'Outstanding Catholic Primary and Secondary School across Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley.'
  • You will achieve Qualified Teacher Status and a Post-graduate Certificate in Education, including Master's level credits from Newman University College, an outstanding Higher Education provider. The PGCE is internationally recognised, and portable.

You can read more information about School Direct on the Department for Education's website (external link).

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a programme where schools recruit trainees directly and select them to train and work within their school. Schools therefore have more control over the quality of training that is provided and how it is delivered.

The course enables trainees to fully experience and be involved in day to day school life throughout the school year, not simply on designated teaching placements.

Training Route

The non-salaried route is open to all graduates funded by tuition fees paid by the graduate. Our School Direct training pathway will lead to QTS and a PGCE.

What are the Entry Criteria?

  • UK university degree (2:2 or above) or a recognized equivalent qualification.
  • Grade C or above GCSE in English Language, Maths and a Science subject.
  • You will be required to undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check to verify your suitability for working with children.

You need to be able to show your suitability to be a teacher.

We Will Expect You:

  • To have had experience of working in or observing in a mainstream primary school and be able to talk about this.
  • To know about the curriculum to be studied.
  • To have ideas about the principles and practice of primary education.
  • To be able to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken Standard English.

How to Apply

Application are made through Ucas Teacher Training using the 'Apply' system. This can be found on the Ucas website (external link).
  • Applications open for Apply 1 on the 1st November 2014.

If your initial application is successful you will be invited to a selection day. This will consist of a presentation or activity and an interview.

Please note: before commencing your training you are also required to pass skills tests in literacy and numeracy.

If you have any enquiries or for further information please contact Sarah Brierley the Teaching School Coordinator:
Telephone: 0121 556 0228