Train To Teach

Train to Teach with School Direct in the STAR Teaching School Alliance



The UCAS website is  open for applications for placements beginning September 2019.

In 2019/20 we are pleased to be offering two  Primary School courses as well as Secondary School courses in English, Maths and Science:

  • Primary 3 – 7 yrs encompassing Early Years and Key Stage 1 (UCAS code: 36VN)

  • Primary 5 – 11yrs encompassing Key Stage 1 & 2 (UCAS code 2P6Q)

  • Secondary Maths (UCAS code 3BF3)

  • Secondary English (UCAS code 3BF2)

  • Secondary Biology (UCAS code 3BF4)

  • Secondary Chemistry (UCAS code 3BF5)

  • Secondary Physics (UCAS code 3BF6)


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 in either the 3-7 or 5-11 age ranges as well as our partner Secondary Schools: Sherburn High School and Tadcaster Grammar School.

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The School Direct Training Programme

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.

Both primary and scondary programmes are one-year, full-time with a structure is closely linked to the term dates of local schools (commencing at the beginning of September and the finishing at the end of the summer term in July).
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 comprise training in the Core subjects, training in the Foundation subjects and the Professional Studies Course (as appropriate). The school-based elements of the primary courses comprise one long-term placement following the full school year, and a shorter contrasting placement in a different school and age range, whilst the secondary trainees will complete a placement of roughly equal length (approx 12 weeks)  in both our partner high schools.

Why train with us?

The STAR Teaching School Alliance was established with the aim of raising
outcomes 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. A virtual learning environment 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 or secondary 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.
  • For Primary:
    • A degree awarded by a UK University, 2:2 or above
    • GCSE Grade Cs or above in Science, English and Mathematics (or equivalent)
  • For Secondary:
    • A good degree (which should have significant links to the subject taken or a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course may be required)  
    • GCSE Grade Cs or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent)

What we are looking for

  • A commitment to primary / secondary education (as appropriate)
  • 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 (for primary)
  • Specific chosen subject knowledge (for secondary only)
  • Reflection, self-evaluation and a willingness to learn
  • Awareness of what being a primary/ secondary (as appropriate) 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 Training


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 STAR Teaching School Alliance, (postcode ls25 5PN)  when completing the application process. This does not mean that your training will necessarily be at Monk Fryston Primary School (the “home” of STAR Teaching School Alliance), as placements are allocated across the Alliance.

Applications should be made as early as possible – these are very popular courses and places are limited. 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 STAR TSA Business Manager (01977 682388).