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School Direct - a new way to train to be a teacher!

This new path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. It allows those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career to combine teacher training with actually doing and learning on the job.

If you are considering teaching as a career, come and train here at St Ambrose Barlow RC High School.

We are looking for applications from enthusiastic, well qualified, potential trainee teachers who have a passion for their subject.

School Direct Teacher Training places are available at St Ambrose Barlow in partnership with the Buile Hill SCITT.

What is it really like? Read current trainee blogs here

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Why choose School Direct as a way to train?

  • You will spend more time in school than trainees on a 'traditional' PGCE route.
  • You will be training alongside outstanding teachers and lead professionals.
  • You will receive excellent professional development within our Alliance schools and with our University Partners.
  • You will experience the diversity of excellent education providers in different types of schools with different specialisms.
  • You will still have access to University facilities e.g. libraries, lectures etc
  • You will gain QTS recommendation and a PGCE with Masters Accreditation.
  • There are tax-free bursaries of up to £26,000 for candidates with top degrees in priority subjects (Chemistry, Physics, Maths, MFL, Computing). For bursary details see
  • You will be supported in seeking employment on successful completion of training.

Our available placements for 2017-2018 



  • English 
  • Mathematics 
  • Physics 
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Computer Science 
  • MFL 
  • Design Technology 
  • PE 
  • Geography 
  • Art 
  • RE 
  • History 

Please note that these placements are not salaried.

If your subject is not listed please see to search for an alternative provider.

Apply online from October 2017 for a September 2018 start.

Entry Requirements for Primary School Direct

  • A minimum of 2:2 honours degree
  • At least 5 GCSEs at A*-C grades including English Language, Mathematics and Science. A grade B or above is desirable in English, Mathematics and Science.

Entry Requirements for Secondary School Direct

  • A minimum of a 2:2 degree (preferably a 2:1 degree) in the subject
  • GCSE A*-C grade in Mathematics and English Language

You must meet the University's general entry requirements for PGCE. Recent school experience e.g. observations, voluntary assistance, learning support in UK schools is desirable for both primary and secondary applicants.

School Experience

Spending time in a classroom is the ideal way to strengthen your application for teacher training. School experience gives you the chance to watch lessons and see for yourself what it’s really like to be a teacher – and allows you to draw on your own examples in your application and interview. See here for more information.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)

Don't hold back from applying for teacher training in Biology, Geography, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, or MFL because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach these subjects (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) programme.

It is important that you are able to travel as B placements will be in schools within Greater Manchester, and trainees may also have joint professional development sessions in partner schools. Placements will be in schools of contrasting natures and you will have the opportunity to benefit from first-class professional development.

During the Autumn and Summer Term you will be on placement at your base school. During the Spring Term you will be on placement in a different school within our alliance. You will also gain 6th Form, Primary and Secondary experience.

Expectation to Employ

  • There is an 'expectation' (but not a guarantee) of employment on successful completion of the programme within the wider network of schools. You would have to complete a full application process for any vacancy, the same as all other applicants.

Next steps ....

  • Email Tracy Reeves for more information or to book a visit to St Ambrose School -
  • Arrange some school experience with us either via the SEP programme or by contacting us directly on the above email
  • Complete the online application form at The UCAS code for St Ambrose Barlow is 1SL.
  • Book your Literacy and numeracy tests. These must be passed as part of the application procedure and preferably before your interview. You cannot train to teach without passing these and your place on the course will be conditional on passing the tests. We can offer full support with tutoring for the tests if needed. To find out more information, to register and to book a test go

Further information can be found at the Department for Education website or the NCTL website at

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