About the course
The School Direct Programme The Teaching School Alliance will place successful School Direct applicants into the schools that will be most able to meet their specific needs. Each trainee will be allocated a main school with a contrasting placement, supported by University sessions at the MMU Manchester campus.
You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.
This is a yearlong school based training programme that will lead to Postgraduate Certification (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It will embody a collaborative approach enabling trainees to connect with experienced school-based professionals, whilst also receiving guidance from The Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) education faculty and staff. The training will be delivered jointly by MMU and by expert teachers in the alliance schools.
Applicants will be invited to interview at one of the alliance secondary schools, the interview will comprise of a subject specific task, a small short teaching task and a panel interview with key colleagues from within the alliance schools.
How school placements work
You will be placed in school within our locality, gaining a wide range of experience from Year 7 to 11. You will receive your own mentor to guide you through the year as you explore effective teaching and learning, making a difference to the outcomes of all the children you teach.
There will be a contrasting placement in a second school, including an opportunity to look at Special Educational Needs.
The course fees for 2019/2020 are as follows:
The school direct tuition fees are £9,250 but will lead to a PGCE award with QTS status from a leading provider.
You could be eligible for either:
- a scholarship of £28,000
- a bursary of £26,000
To qualify for a scholarship you’ll need a degree of 2:1 or above in Chemistry or a related subject. For a bursary you’ll need a 2:2 or above in any subject.
You can’t claim both a bursary and a scholarship - you can only claim one.
Find out how to apply for a scholarship. You don’t need to apply for a bursary - if you’re eligible, you’ll automatically start receiving it once you begin your course. Find out how you’ll be paid.
Financial support if you’re from outside the UK.
Financial support from the training provider
There are numerous bursary and scholarship funds available for potential applicants to apply for to help with the School Direct fees. More information on these can be found on the DfE website.
SCIENCE: An upper class degree in a related field of study to your chosen subject to teach.
GCSE grade C (minimum) in Maths and English.
Pass in Skills tests (Numeracy and Literacy).
Relevant school experience is highly desirable
Our successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following skills: Teamwork, Problem solving, Effective communication skills, Effective time management, Organisational skills, Adaptability, Reflective, Effective relationships.
Our successful candidates will be able to demonstrate the following core values: Commitment, Integrity, Nurturing, Resilience, Passion, Hard working, Motivation to learn, Open minded.
About the training provider
Gatley Primary Teaching School Alliance is passionate
about shaping the minds of the future.
Gatley is at the forefront of school-led Initial Teacher Training and is uniquely placed to deliver innovative training opportunities. One of the most empowering routes into teaching is the School Direct route. It offers the opportunity to learn with and from a team of professionals in an inspirational a Teaching School. Gatley School Direct trainees have an outstanding record since September 2014:
• 100% employed upon completion of the course
• 100% of trainees successfully completed the programme
• 89% graded as ‘Outstanding’
“This year has been the most intense year of my life but at the same time everything I have experienced has been really, really rewarding and I’m so glad that I’ve come into teaching”
(School Direct Trainee 2015-2016)
“I cannot speak any more highly of the course and the opportunity we have been given. Being trained by professionals who are truly passionate about what they do, makes me feel I have been given such a fantastic head start. The support I have received throughout the course has been amazing”
(School Direct Trainee 2016-2017)
Gatley and its alliance partners, working together, have combined their expertise to continue to deliver the School Direct programme into 2019-20. This will be the alliance’s 6th year of delivering its very successful School Direct Programme. The diverse representation of schools within the alliance offers a vast range of experiences giving trainees the opportunity to learn and excel.
About the accredited body
We work extremely closely with Manchester Metropolitan University, and they offer academic support.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We offer a wide range opportunities to learn about special educational needs and how to support children with needs.We give an opportunity to experience a special school as well as looking at special needs in mainstream. In line with the code of practice, you will learn how to support all pupils.
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
Visit Get into Teaching for guidance on applying for teacher training.
When you apply you’ll need these codes for the Choices section of your application form:
Training provider code:
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
The Kingsway School
Foxland Rd, Gatley, Cheadle SK8 4QX
Support and advice
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