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School Direct – Train to Teach

Train to Teach with School Direct in the STAR Alliance


The UCAS website is now open for applications for placements beginning September 2017.

UCAS search tip: Be sure to enter “Monk Fryston” against the search criteria location to go straight to our training offer.


To maximise the chances of success apply early!



 What is School Direct?

School Direct is an exciting training route for top graduates. The School Direct programme allows our alliance the opportunity to further enhance teacher training provision. Our programmes last for one academic year (September-July), during which time you will be based in a host school with excellent experience in ITT alongside attending PGCE lectures at the University of Hull. School Direct places are available in the STAR Alliance Primary schools teaching the 5-11 age range.

University of Hull

Click the logo for more information on the University of Hull School Direct training programme.

The School Direct Training Programme

The programme is aimed at those who want to teach children in the 5-11 age range, that is, Key Stages 1 and 2. In order to be awarded Qualified Teacher Status, trainees must meet the Teachers’ Standards set by the Government and so the programme is designed to enable trainees to achieve this by offering a balance of school and university-based periods during the year.

The programme is one-year, full-time and its structure is closely linked to Train to Teachthe term dates of local schools, with registration taking place in early September and the course finishing at the end of June.
You work as part of the teaching team from day one – similar to student medics in hospitals – learning from experienced, practising colleagues and immediately putting your new skills into practice.

The majority of the School Direct Programme is delivered in school, through school-based placements. Professional Studies modules will also be provided through the Alliance of schools. The academic aspects of the Programme are delivered by the University. Many of the lectures, workshops and tutorials are provided by staff from partnership schools. The university-based element of the course comprises training in the Core subjects, training in the Foundation subjects and the Professional Studies Course. The school-based elements of the course comprise one long-term placement following the full school year, and a shorter contrasting placement in a different school and age range.

The full-time team at the university comprises:

  • Mr Richard English Programme Director and Mathematics tutor
  • Dr John Bennett English tutor
  • Dr Charlotte Garbutt Professional Studies and MFL tutor
  • Mr Paul Hopkins Science tutor

School Direct Programme Overview

Why train with us?

The STAR Teaching School Alliance was established with the aim of raising
star_alliance_a6outcomes for our children whilst providing sustainability in our schools. We encompass a range of large and small primaries, both community and church schools, an academy and two secondary schools based within a small geographic area around Sherburn-in-Elmet and Tadcaster in North Yorkshire. All schools work closely together to achieve our aim. This offers a high level of support for those working in and attending our schools. Professional learning is at the centre of all that we do and we see initial teaching training as integral to this.

We believe that working with trainee teachers is a mutual learning experience and helps us to maintain energy, enthusiasm and innovation in how we teach. We have a proven track record of effectively supporting new teachers, a number of whom continue to develop their careers in our schools.

You will enjoy the opportunity to work with Hull University, an experienced provider of initial teacher  education including successful delivery of School Direct programmes. They place a great deal of emphasis upon professionalism and the development of our trainees as reflective practitioners who are committed to producing the best possible outcomes for every pupil.

Teaching on the course is of a high standard and past trainees comment very favourably on the levels of interest and enthusiasm engendered by tutors. The virtual learning environment (eBridge) provides trainees with the opportunity to communicate with tutors, with partnership staff and with each other, as well as giving them access to a wide range of resources. Many of these tutors have published extensively in the field of primary education.

Our trainees have a school-based experience in which they spend the majority of their time in the classroom, working with a successful and highly skilled, but also caring and supportive team and playing a full part in school life. New, innovative programmes are designed to ensure we provide the highest levels of training. Academic aspects are delivered in partnership with Hull University, either in school or in attendance at University.

The programme is committed to delivering outstanding education and training that is current and relevant and that provides excellent opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding. We aspire to ensure trainees are equipped to be outstanding teachers and future leaders.


Entry Requirements

To be eligible for our School Direct programmes, the following qualifications and experience are required:

  •  As much relevant experience of being in a school as possible
  • Demonstrating a passion for working with children and a strong desire to teach.
  • A degree awarded by a UK University, 2:2 or above
  • GCSE Grade Cs or above in Science, English and Mathematics (or equivalent)


What we are looking for

  • A commitment to primary education
  • An ability to motivate and inspire children of all abilities
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Effective interaction with children
  • An ability to work under pressure
  • Perseverance and flexibility
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to work co-operatively
  • An awareness of current educational issues
  • A broad subject-knowledge base
  • Reflection, self-evaluation and a willingness to learn
  • Awareness of what being a primary teacher entails

Find out more

To find out more about School Direct training please look at the UCAS website, or the DFE Get into Teaching page.

UCAS Teacher TrainingDepartment for Education

Applying for School Direct training

To apply for the School Direct training programme you will need to complete the online application process on the UCAS website. If you wish to be considered for STAR Alliance places you will need to select Monk Fryston Primary School as your lead school when completing the application process. This does not mean that your training will necessarily be at Monk Fryston Primary School, as placements are allocated across the Alliance.

Applications should be made as early as possible when the site opens around 18th October 2016. This is a very popular course and anyone applying after mid-December is unlikely to gain a place. Successful applicants will be called for interview. Those who are offered places will be required by the University to complete a medical questionnaire and may be required to undergo a medical examination.

During the selection process (application form and interviews) candidates must demonstrate that they have the potential to meet the Teachers’ Standards during a demanding 10 month School Direct course.


For further details please contact Monk Fryston CE Primary School (01977 682388).