About the course
School Direct (Salaried) is a teacher training route where your training is based in a school. The school will work in partnership with a university (UEL) where you will study and attend lectures and seminars.
School Direct is an initial teacher training programme that provides a blend of online learning and in-school experience leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and an option to add a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
You’ll train in at least two schools, and you'll also be taught by the university and the teaching school leading.This programme offers a combination of classroom teaching and practical learning.
You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching and 20% of your time is allocated to off-the-job training as you work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Training programmes last one year full-time, in line with the term dates of the teaching school.
If you’re successful in your training, you might get a job in one of the schools in the partnership.
The content of the interview day will include; teaching a short lesson, an individual interview and a short literacy and numeracy skills test.
The interview panel will include a senior member of the teaching school team and a member of SLT or the Headteacher from a partner school and/ or a member of the University team.
On interview you’ll be asked about your experience of working with young people, your commitment to teaching and your relevant knowledge and skills. The aim of the day is for you and the interviewers to find out whether teaching is right for you.
If you are successful at our teaching school interview day you will be recommended to UEL for a further interview.
How school placements work
These places are open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the school placement partner. The training school becomes your employer.
Trainees will based in a placement school (4 days p/w), while attending UEL for weekly lectures (1 day p/w)
A successful applicant would train in any of our partnership schools dependent on the school’s recruitment priority. Allocation of places will reflect proximity, preference and a balance of places across the partner schools.
EYFS/ KS1-2 placement schools
Roydon Primary School, Roydon, Essex
Cooks Spinney Primary Academy and Nursery, Harlow, Essex
Freshwaters Primary Academy, Harlow
Little Parndon Primary Academy, Harlow
Magna Carta Primary Academy, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex
Trainees will be paid on the 'unqualified teachers' pay scale - point 1'.
Training fees will be funded by the school placement/ partners.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
For postgraduate teacher training, you’ll need a Honours Degree
GCSE grade C or 4 in English, Maths and Science
Pass skills test (literacy and numeracy)
- The ability to develop relationships with students
- Patient, caring, and kind personality
- Knowledge of learners
- Dedication to teaching & learning
Minimum 10 days work experience in a school setting
Relevant working with young people is desirable
All offers are subject to satisfactory results from necessary pre-employment checks
About the training provider
With Burnt Mill Academy graded as Outstanding by Ofsted, BMAT is a designated teaching school. The Teaching School works with the West Essex Teaching School Alliance
The school has three elements it works on – Initial Teacher Training, Continued Professional Leadership and Development and School to School support – as required by the Department for Education.
Donna Walsh, Director of BMAT Teaching School, says: “Teaching school status gives Outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school to school support”. “Of the 800 teaching schools in the UK, the BMAT Teaching School is the only one in Harlow.” We are excited about the future of teacher training at BMAT!
A successful applicant would train in any of our partnership schools dependent on the school’s recruitment priority. Allocation of places will reflect proximity, preference and a balance of places across the partner schools. Our schools are located in Essex (Harlow, Epping and Stansted Mountfitchet) and in London (Custom House, Newham)
About the accredited body
UEL is one London’s leading centres for teacher training, offering highly successful courses for the primary, secondary and further education and training sectors. Capitalising on our east London location, we’ve earned an excellent reputation for working in partnership with schools to prepare teachers to work in multi-ethnic and multilingual urban schools.
The Cass School of Education and Communities trains approximately 600 teachers every year. You will be joining a large department with a long and impressive track record and benefit from subject specific coaching and mentoring from experienced and expert practitioners.
Training with disabilities and other needs
The Disability and Dyslexia Service at UEL provides support and advice for disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties (SPDs), including dyslexia.
If you have a disability, long-term medical condition or a specific learning difficulty, we can help to identify and address any barriers to your education so that you can access your course and reach your potential.
Appointments can be made via the student Hub at both the Docklands and Stratford Campuses in person, on the phone (020 8223 4444) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Apply on the UCAS website. You’ll need to register with UCAS before you can apply.
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First Avenue, Harlow CM20 2NR
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