School Direct Primary

Structured in three phases – Introductory, Developmental and Consolidation – your training programme will include subject study modules covering the subject knowledge and pedagogy required for successful classroom practice, whilst professional modules will develop your theories of learning, pupil development and the wider role of the teacher.

Course overview

The majority of training is delivered via workshops using the expertise of practising teachers and Senior Leaders from schools within the Ebor Hope TSA. Our workshops have a balance of instruction, practical activities and opportunities to observe or work with small groups of children. Workshops include the full range of curriculum subjects plus:

  • Outdoor learning
  • Drama and Creative Arts
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Resilience and Attachment
  • Behaviour Management
  • SEND
  • Professionalism
  • Application and Interview Process
  • Preparing for NQT year.

Entry requirements

  • You must be an honours graduate of an approved university or other institution granting equivalent qualifications acceptable both to York St John University and the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
  • All applicants require GCSE grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science.

School placements

You will be allocated to a base school for the majority of your training and receive an authentic experience of working as a member of your school’s departmental team. This immersion into the life of the school with a gradual increase in your practical teaching is a distinctive part of the School Direct approach, enabling you to progress effectively and provides an excellent preparation for your New Qualified Teacher (NQT) year.

You will indicate a preferred age range of either lower (aged 3-7 years) or upper primary (aged 7-11 years).

The two schools you will be allocated will be contrasting schools and you will teach consecutive age ranges. This is to ensure breadth of experience as well as meeting the stipulations of national ITT criteria.

The structure of the three phases is as follows:

Autumn TermIntroductory placement6 weeks assessed teaching 30-50% of the week
Spring TermDevelopmental placement6 weeks assessed teaching 50-70% of the week
Summer TermConsolidation placement8 weeks assessed teaching up to 80% of the week

In addition you will be entitled to 10% PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) time each week where you will be expected to work alongside your class teacher or year group teams. You are also entitled to 10% CPD (Continuous Professional Development) time each week to organise activities that will further your own development. This may be observing other teachers in your or other schools, team teaching or researching topics.

We place Ebor Hope Primary trainee teachers in the following schools

Additional Placements

In addition, there are also opportunities for enrichment visits to culturally diverse schools as well as SEND specialist schools or Early Years Units. International enrichment opportunities are also offered by self-funding experiences through York St John or by accompanying school trips.

Academic and mentor support

Our Primary and Secondary Directors oversee the operational elements of the School Direct programme to ensure a high quality of provision for Ebor Hope teachers in all our schools.

Support is an integral part of developing and nurturing Ebor Hope trainees to be outstanding teachers. You will be supported by a school mentor as well as a School Based Link Mentor (SBLM) who is based within one of our schools, and will be in regular contact through informal visits and joint appraisals.

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Fees & Funding

Tuition fees for both the Primary and Secondary school-centred (School Direct) PGCE programme are £9,250. You may be eligible for a tax free bursary or scholarship to support your training.

How to Apply

Applications for both Primary and Secondary programmes must be submitted via the UCAS website.

School Experience Programme

We’d love to meet you before you apply to our Schools Direct programme. The Schools Experience Programme (SEP) gives you an opportunity to meet and observe the teachers and pupils we work with.

Our Alliance works in partnership with York St John University and leads to the award of a PGCE with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

We’re here to help

If you have any questions about the course, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below.