At PCS, we welcome School Direct applications in all subject areas and were recently praised by Ofsted for our provision for trainee teachers. When asked if she would recommend PCS to other trainees, one of our recent trainees responded:
Absolutely! PCS has been such a wonderful, supportive placement. All of the staff at PCS have been wonderfully warm and welcoming from the outset. Staff from different departments will always say hello and check in about how you’re getting on. My mentor has been incredibly helpful and supportive; he is very generous with his time despite a hectic schedule and always on hand for any questions. Observation feedback is constructive with clear targets.
School Direct is a route into teacher training which allows schools or groups of schools to take a leading role in Initial Teacher Training provision in partnership with a University. It is underpinned by a belief that schools can improve the system by creating more school led training that best meets the needs of schools and trainees. School Direct is a programme where schools recruit trainees directly and select them to train to teach within their partnership of schools. This training route allows you to choose the school in which you train with a possibility, but no absolute guarantee, of employment once you finish.
If would like to spend most of your time training in the classroom, putting theory into practice and gaining confidence through increased contact with the school environment, then a School Direct programme could be a good option for you. We are currently attached to two School Direct Hubs:
The Swale Academies Trust School Direct - https://swaleacademiestrust.org.uk/teachingschools.php?i=61
The Brighton and Hove Teaching Alliance Hub - http://www.hovepark.brighton-hove.sch.uk/school-direct/index.html
You will initially apply online through UCAS at www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training
Your application in the first instance will go to whichever hub you select on your supplication. Your application will then be processed through the Universities and passed on to relevant schools. You will be interviewed both by the university and the school(s) you have applied for.