The Greet Teaching School Alliance is at the vanguard in developments in ITT, having been part of the first cohort of school and university partnerships offering the School Direct PGCE Training Programme.  Working with our Alliance strategic partner Newman University, we have created a bespoke School Direct PGCE teacher training programme.  Our trainees benefit from a high quality programme of support and training, designed to equip them with the skills, knowledge and practice to become excellent teachers in our schools.  Now in its fourth year, our programme is continually developed and refined in response to feedback from previous cohorts.

For the 2018/2019 academic year, with training commencing September 2018, we will be offering places on the:

School Direct (salaried) 2 places - FULL!


School Direct (tuition fee) 14 places - PLACES STILL AVAILABLE!


Applications for School Direct 2018/2019 are now open on the UCAS website:

** If you intend to apply to our School Direct PGCE come along to a free Application Workshop on Tuesday 1 May 2018 - please see our events page for details **

Both the salaried and training programme routes lead to the internationally-recognised Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) qualification, which includes 60 credits at Masters level and full QTS, and will prepare successful candidates to teach across the primary age range.

Although the majority of teaching experience will be based in a Home School, trainees also undertake a six week placement in a second school also from within the Teaching School Alliance.

In addition to practical, supported training experiences in their Home and Development Schools, trainees will be involved in weekly whole-group training sessions provided by a range of University specialists and expert practitioners from Alliance schools.  Our training programme also offers further opportunities to experience a wide range of high quality training and experience in schools across the Teaching School Alliance.

Throughout the training year, our trainees will be formally supported in school by a designated class teacher and school-based tutor, as well as their University partnership tutor.  They will also have access to a strong network of support within their Home and Development Schools, from the University and across the Teaching School Alliance.

Our School Direct programme carries with it an expectation of employment in a school across the Teaching School Alliance on successful completion of the course, thus offering the potential for further professional development and career enhancement opportunities, including access to our highly-regarded Alliance NQT programme.  Although it's not an absolute guarantee, the majority of our previous School Direct trainees have been successful in securing NQT posts in Alliance schools. 

See our News and Events page for the latest School Direct updates and open events.

*Our partner Newman University is currently offering support sessions for the Skills Tests*

To book your place on a QTS Skills Test support session at Newman University, please email Estelle Vale on: or telephone 0121 483 2257

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19.10.17 4.00 to 6.00pm 6.30 - 8.30pm
16.11.17 6.30 - 8.30pm 4.00 - 6.00pm
14.12.17 6.30 - 8.30pm 4.00 - 6.00pm
26.01.18 4.00 - 6.00pm 6.30 - 8.30pm
17.03.18 10.00am - 12.00pm 12.30 - 2.30pm
03.05.18 6.30 - 8.30pm 4.00 - 6.00pm