Teacher Training

SCHOOL DIRECT – Train to teach with us!

Visit our site: www.shirestsa.co.uk 

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If you want to train to become a fully qualified teacher, then look no further.

Shires Teaching School Alliance is a partnership between Studley High School (the lead school), University of Worcester and other local good or outstanding schools, offering the opportunity to train to teach through a one year post graduate programme.

By choosing ‘School Direct’ you are opting to spend a significant time in class, putting to practice the ‘theory’ of learning and applying the knowledge gained on a daily basis. You’ll become part of the team, treated as a professional and supported throughout.

You will experience teaching in at least two schools within the alliance, mentored all the way. Your timetable will build as you start to develop your teacher toolkit. If you successfully graduate, you will achieve QTS (qualified teacher status) and a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education).

For more information about School Direct click here.

Entry Requirements

If you are committed to changing the lives of young learners, then teaching may be for you. Changing the world isn’t easy, but educating children is the foundation for change. Teaching is challenging yet very rewarding.

You need to meet the statutory requirements for entry into teaching.

  • A good honours degree (usually 2:2 or above) in a related subject area
  • GCSE Mathematics and English.
  • A degree in a subject related to your chosen teaching subject
  • If you have significant experience in a related subject area and a degree in another discipline you may be eligible to apply and should contact your tutor for advice.
  • You will also need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process and have passed them both before the start of the course (see here for more information).

How to apply

Applications are made through UCAS.

Use the UCAS search tool here to find Shires Teaching School Alliance, or University of Worcester (School Direct) and choose one the following subjects:

BiologyChemistryComputing
EnglishGeographyHistory
MathsModern LanguagesPhysical Education
PhysicsReligious Education

For more information on how to apply, hints, dates and what to include, click the UCAS page here.

Fees and Funding

The standard annual fee for UK and EU students enrolling on the PGCE: School Direct in 2018 will be no more than £9,250 per year.
For more details, please visit University of Worcester course fees page.

For more information about the bursaries and scholarships available to you, please visit the Get Into Teaching site here.

School Experience

Make your application stand out by gaining as much experience as you can to show your hello@shirestsa.co.uk

Specific dates and locations of school experience will be posted here very shortly.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

Don’t hold back from applying for teacher training because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach these subjects by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement programme. For more information click here.

Schools in our alliance

Your teacher training will take place in at least two schools through the programme. You will have a professional mentor and a subject mentor for each school placement. Here is a list of partner schools within the Shires Teaching Alliance:

Get in touch!  

Register your interest, so we can talk to you about teacher training at Shires TSA