School Direct Programme

School Direct Teacher Training

This is full time, yearlong, school based training in to teaching which focuses on practical training. Places are offered on a salaried or fee paying training basis. Bluecoat SCITT Alliance awards QTS and a PGCE (with 60 credits at Masters Level from Sheffield Hallam University). The QTS and PGCE elements are closely related and provide an excellent opportunity to learn to teach in a school environment.

A school-led training course gives you the chance to learn ‘on the job’ in a school. You work as part of the teaching team from day one – learning from experienced, practicing colleagues and immediately putting your new skills into practice. You are supported throughout the year by mentors and tutors in school to help you gain Qualified Teacher Status.


Our programme starts each September and runs across the academic year until the following July – UCAS applications for the following academic year open each October.

Places are limited and early applications are advised as the award of places will be highly competitive, and vacancies will close once places are offered.


You will be based in one of our partner schools on a main placement Monday – Thursday, and treated by the school as a member of staff. On Friday trainees come together for a day’s training of pedagogy and subject knowledge, following a comprehensive programme across the year.

In the Spring term you will spend time at another school, as the training must include you teaching in two schools. Trainees will be assessed throughout the year against the Teaching Standards as your work to gain QTS.


You will have your own Mentor on each placement. This is an experienced teacher in your subject. They will give you an hour’s 1:1 mentoring session every week. They will also be the first person you should ask when you need help.

Subject Support

You will be assigned a Subject Lead/Phase Lead. They will help you with specific subject issues and lead the Subject Sessions.

The Course

This has been carefully structured to guide you through your transformation from a skilled practitioner to a confident teacher within a practical learning environment. Your choice to begin this course was just the beginning of your journey to learn and understand how to capture the observations and curiosity of young, aspiring children.

You will understand the National Curriculum and relevant Key Stages.

The course aims to:

  • Fulfil and support the general aims of the Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham Programme as set out in the submitted scheme
  • Develop competencies specific to the phase and subject which you are teaching •Ensure that trainees are competent professionals and effective teachers •Encourage an enthusiasm for education
  • Encourage trainees to challenge pupils and to meet their individual needs through personalisation.

Support and Guidance

In addition to others in the department, you will also work with colleagues in the SCITT, throughout the Academy, in learning support and the Senior Leadership Team who will be pro-active in helping you. One of the advantages of choosing school based training is that you spend a significant amount of time in schools which have been selected because they want to train new entrants to the profession to become outstanding practitioners.


This is delivered by Sheffield Hallam University will also take place on four Fridays across the year at the SCITT Training Centre (Nottingham). There are two PGCE assignments due in January and May. The PGCE is optional on the salaried route.

Unsalaried route (fee paying)

Bursaries are available to support this training route.

Salaried Route

Trainees are contractually employed by a placement school, and in school training begins on the first day of the Autumn Term and will continue until the end of the Summer Term.  For the duration of the programme you would be employed by the school as an unqualified teacher.  Trainees will be in school Monday – Thursday and attend taught pedagogy and subject sessions on a Friday at the SCITT Training Centre.

Pre-employment induction training in preparation for the start of term will be necessary. Trainees will start teaching from the start of the course with a progressing weekly teaching timetable

TERM 1 7 Lessons
TERM 2 10 Lessons
TERM 3 14 Lessons

Applications for all routes are made via UCAS



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