Secondary Courses



Secondary Courses

The School Direct route enables the highest quality graduates an opportunity to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) in a unique, school supported way. This exciting way of training alongside outstanding practitioners in our schools will allow you to gain the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes that will allow you to embark on a personal journey towards being an excellent teacher and future leader.

We work in partnership with Nottingham Trent University (NTU) to train outstanding teachers who make a significant difference to their students, their schools and their profession. NTU is an established and successful provider of initial teacher-training and education-related courses. Staff at our school work with the experienced researchers and practitioners at the University to design and deliver our courses which can be tailored to meet your individual needs. These courses carefully blend significant hands-on teaching experience in our schools with the critical thinking and theoretical underpinning that is so important for the teaching profession. The University offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, which can be obtained alongside the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status. National surveys show that NTU’s trainee teachers highly recommend their course, and over 9 out of 10 are employed in a teaching role in the year following graduation – well above the national average. Many go on to progress successfully into leadership roles.

Not only will you benefit from the skills and experiences of the University staff, at the same time you will be placed in one of our schools from the beginning of the autumn term. You will be part of a school team and made to feel like a true member of staff, by staff and students alike. You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

Most of your training will take place within the environment of one of our alliance schools, delivered by expert and outstanding practitioners, enhanced by attendance at the University. You will have a main placement school to which you will be assigned from September. You will then undertake a six week second placement at one of our other alliance schools in the first half of the spring term. You will gain experience of at least two Key Stages and in addition, will have the opportunity to spend a day in a special school environment.



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