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What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) scheme. It is run by a partnership between a lead school, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider.


School Direct courses generally last a year, and you’ll train in at least two good schools.


This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.


The principles of academic rigor on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. You’re also equally eligible for a training bursary (or, where appropriate, scholarship) and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.


School Direct courses all result in qualified teacher status (QTS). Most also award you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or master’s-level credits, but you should check individual courses on the UCAS Teacher Training site.


Who is in our partnership?

Our School Direct alliance is called the Rugby Primary Learning Consortium, led by Bilton Infant School, in partnership with a group of seven other local Rugby schools and a university. These schools already work effectively and we each have a record of training teachers with experienced mentors across a wide range of primary subjects.  Our School Direct alliance consists of:

Lead school

Bilton Infant School


Partnership schools

Binley Woods Primary School


Bilton Junior School


Bawnmore Community Infant School


Cawston Grange Primary School


Dunchurch Junior School


Henry Hinde Infant School


Provost Williams Primary School


Accredited teacher training provider

Northampton University



What is our School Direct programme offering?

We are offering 3 places for PGCE Primary 5- 11 (these cover the course requirements of PRIMARY 3-11).


Entry requirements: you should be a graduate with a degree from a U.K Higher Education Institute.  Your degree should be a 2:2 or above. 


You must also possess a standard equivalent to grade C in GCSE examinations in English Language, Mathematics and Science.


It is expected that you have undertaken some school experience and a good understanding of issues in education.  For ways to access a school experience go to https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk.


All applicants applying to start Teacher Training for September 2017 will be required to pass a Literacy and Numeracy skills test prior to entry.


Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report as you are required to meet the standards for ‘Fitness to Teach’.


For initial teacher training courses, applicants must complete forms requesting an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.  In addition, you will be required to disclose any previous offences to the school you are placed in.  The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children.


How do we select our trainees?

Your UCAS Teacher Training application form is looked at carefully.  At the first screening stage we are interested in your personal qualities and experience.


On the basis of your application form and academic references that accompany it, in collaboration with Northampton University, a decision is made whether to offer you an interview.


The criteria used at interview will decide whether you are offered a place on the course.


If you are given a conditional offer of a place on a School Direct course, you will receive a pack describing the steps you should take next.  A conditional offer will become an unconditional offer when we have received your acceptance and all the necessary clearances and documentation. 


Our University partner

We are supported in our deliver of the non-salaried School Direct programme by Northampton University.





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Who should you contact?

The lead professional in Cawston Grange Primary School is: Ms S B McGonagle 01788 816 820.


Please get in touch should you wish to explore the School Direct within the Rugby Primary Consortium for the academic year 2017-18.