School Direct Primary

  • Why train with us?

    The primary School Direct course is led by Barr Beacon School, an Ofsted Outstanding, highly oversubscribed Teaching School with 1534 pupils aged between 11 - 18 on roll and a large and highly successful sixth form. This school is also the lead school of a secondary SCITT programme and the Matrix Academy Trust. ITT provision at the school, which started out with 7 secondary trainees in 2012, has gone from strength to strength and now provides 21 trainees with a well-established mentoring, training and professional development package. We have trained over 40 trainees in a diverse range of subjects and in 2015, 100% of our trainees were classified as Good or Outstanding by the University of Worcester. Our primary School Direct programme offers trainees exciting training opportunities at Kingsland Primary School, Wednesbury Oak Primary School and within the Matrix Academy Trust.

    Kingsland Primary School is an Ofsted Good school providing Nursery to Year 6 provision. Kingsland Primary School is a thriving one and a half form entry school in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham. The school has 270 children in classes from Nursery to Year 6. The school’s motto is 'Together we respect, we learn, we achieve'. A warm, caring ethos is evident as you walk around the school. Ofsted stated in their visit in 2011 that “pupils make good progress in all key stages. When they leave at the end of Year 6, they are well prepared for the next stage of education and later life. The school is a harmonious and welcoming community. Pupils behave well both in and out of lessons. Pupils feel outstandingly safe thanks to a high degree of confidence in the staff to keep them safe at school and to take their concerns seriously.”

    Wednesbury Oak Primary School is an Ofsted Outstanding primary school providing Nursery to Year 6 provision. The school is set in extensive grounds and the school prides itself on being a Forest School. There is a well-developed Nature Area and Forest Area which the children maintain and utilise within their studies and the school is developing their outdoor classrooms, an Early Years Forest Area and an outdoor curriculum. There is an extensive range of extra-curricular clubs. Ofsted stated in their recent visit that “behaviour is outstanding because pupils enjoy school so much and attendance has improved. Teachers have the highest expectations of their pupils. They make exceptionally good use of detailed information on the progress of every pupil to ensure that they all do their very best. When pupils leave at the end of Year 6, their results are well above the national average. This represents outstanding progress and means that pupils are confident and well prepared for moving on to secondary education.”
  • Entry Requirements

    Minimum degree required: Third

    Degree or equivalent:
    A degree, usually an Honours degree in a subject applicable to your teaching subject. For maths and physics the minimum degree entry requirement is third class degree. Please contact the Registry Admissions Office for more information. We can be contacted by email or by telephone (01905 855017).

    Grade C at GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and Science is essential for all applicants. The University organises alternative examinations for candidates without these qualifications.
    School experience
    All successful candidates are strongly recommended to undertake some school experience prior to starting the course.
    Experience of working with young people in an educational setting would be an advantage, although this does not need to be paid work but may well be in a voluntary capacity.
    School Direct Salaried Programme
    Candidates are eligible to take up places on this route if they:
    - are eligible to work in England as an unqualified teacher; and
    - possess three or more years' work experience.
  • What We Are Looking For

    Interest in and commitment to education and children
    To get the most out of this course, you will need to be enthusiastic about working with children, and possess an ability to relate to them. On the course, you will be encouraged to develop good working relationships with teachers and their pupils. The School Direct programmes, whilst a training programme, provides a sustained school experience throughout the school year and the opportunity to be fully immersed in the school community.

    Oral and written communication
    Communication skills are, of course, vital to the teacher's role and your skills will be developed through teaching and your school experience. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to take part in discussions, produce, read and respond to written materials, and give presentations. We will assist you in developing your ability to match your language to a wide range of interpersonal needs and professional demands.

    Literacy and Numeracy skills These are important for all teachers, and this importance is reflected in their prominence in the curriculum. We will help you develop the necessary knowledge and understanding of language and how it works in order to effectively teach literacy. We will also help you to build your understanding of mathematics, so that you can teach numeracy with confidence. You will learn to study fundamental concepts from an advanced viewpoint. In addition, you will have opportunities to develop your existing IT skills and to learn about their application in a range of areas of the school curriculum.

    Interpersonal skills Being a teacher is very much about being a team member, and this is reflected during the course. You will need to work co-operatively on joint projects, work as a member of a team and accept the responsibility of leadership roles. You will have the opportunity to discuss your experiences with a variety of other people.

  • How We Select Our Trainees

    Interview The School Direct Programme is an intensive year, demanding full time commitment. Tutors and mentors are committed to providing generous support for trainees in meeting these demands, provided trainee teachers are totally committed.
    The programme for the selection process includes a collaborative approach between the University of Worcester (UW) and the schools working in partnership. It will involve an interview at the school and the University.

    Many schools offer open days & events prior to applications.
    School Interviews include:
    -Small group or class teaching
    -Meeting pupils and staff
    -Tour of School
    -Individual interview

    UW interviews include:
    -Introduction to the course
    -Group discussion of general issues in education & what it means to be a teacher
    -Subject specific presentations by applicants
    -Meet subject tutors as a subject group followed by individual interviews

    In the UW interview, candidates will be asked to plan a talk of between 3 to 4 minutes. You will be kept strictly to time. IT resources will be available. The presentations will take place in small groups which may be of candidates from other subject specialisms. You will be judged on your ability to communicate clearly and on your engagement with the audience.
    As part of the subject specific criteria, you will be asked to complete a written task. All teachers need to be able to write English clearly without errors of spelling, grammar or punctuation, because it is part of their job to teach pupils to do this. This task will help identify any difficulties you may have to address before joining the programme.
    The individual interview will explore subject specific issues as well as your reasons for teaching. It will explore your attitudes to young people and your understanding of what teaching entails.
    You will be judged against the criteria listed below.
    1. Appropriateness of subject qualifications and relevance to subject teaching
    2. Capacity to extend subject knowledge
    3. Awareness of the role and responsibilities of a teacher
    4. Teaching experience
    5. Resilience
    6. Ability to communicate effectively
    7. Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, teaching
    8. Awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses

    We normally require two references, of which one will be an academic reference for all applicants. For those applicants who finished their academic courses more than 5 years ago, we realise that this may not be the most appropriate. In such cases, employers or teachers from the school(s) you visited whilst gaining school experience are requested to comment on your suitability for the teaching profession.
  • About This Training Programme

    What does the School Direct programme offer trainees?
    Professional and relevant training in a school context along with the benefits that a Higher Education Institution can offer.
    Opportunity to work alongside teachers and colleagues who can offer examples of good practice, advice and support during training.
    Opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to become an effective teacher.
    The recommendation of Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS.
    Credits for assignments that demonstrate Masters level study and progression to a higher degree qualification.
    An enhanced training experience through additional pathways for specific areas of the curriculum.
    The prospect of high employment offered through the diverse range of schools in the region.
    What support will I receive during the programme?
    At Barr Beacon you will have a dedicated subject mentor who will support and guide you through your training year.
    You will have a range of dedicated professional development sessions designed to support you through your training year.
    You will be supported by a school based Professional Mentor who will deliver weekly professional study sessions and be on hand to support you through your training year.
    What will my training year look like?
    You will have an induction period which involves university and school based days.
    Following your induction period, you will deliver 4 solo and 8 collaborative lessons during the Autumn term. This will increase as the year goes on.
    You will have a timetable that allows you to develop the necessary skills to become a teacher.
    You will be supported through your training year by experienced teachers.
  • What do previous trainees think?

    Michael Eszrenyi, who is currently enjoying his year as a Newly Qualified Teacher in German at Barr Beacon, had this to say about the benefits of School Direct: Training on the School Direct scheme at Barr Beacon was a fantastic experience. My training was based in the school itself and therefore the majority of my time was spent where I believe I learnt the most: in the classroom getting practical experiences. Barr Beacon is an exceptional school to train at because the support and opportunities provided by the teachers, mentors and departments are second to none. I really felt like I was a part of the department and had become integrated into the school. This meant that the transition into life as a NQT at Barr Beacon was made considerably easier.

Our Primary Partners

  • School Websites

  • Kingsland Primary

  • Bloxwich Academy

  • Wednesbury Oak

    Wednesbury Oak Website

    Wednesbury Oak Academy is a large, two form entry 2 - 11 Academy catering for children from Tipton in the West Midlands. We benefit from extensive nine acre grounds with an ever-developing forest school environment and we are awaiting planning permission for the erection of an outdoor classroom, a dance studio and music suites.

    We hold quality marks in Basic Skills, Science and SEN and have a number of Level 2 and 3 trained Forest School Practitioners who deliver a range of outdoor learning experiences to our children.

    In March 2013, we were judged as Outstanding in all areas by Ofsted and our pupil progress results are consistently outstanding, resulting in our Year 6 children regularly achieving above National attainment results.

    We benefit from a cohesive, talented and highly supportive staff group who receive high quality CPD, as required, and are further developed and promoted, according to their skills and talents.

    Our children are fantastic and at the heart of all we do. We all ‘live’ our school ethos: Creating Memories, Hand in Hand! Primary education is about supporting our children to develop very high standards but it is of equal importance to us to ensure that our children leave our school holding a bagful of memories of the many brilliant experiences that they have had here! Therefore, residentials, after school clubs, educational visits and enrichment activities abound at Wednesbury Oak Academy as do creative and inspirational lessons.

    We are seeking creative trainees with a thirst to develop into outstanding practitioners who can fully embrace our school ethos. We look forward to welcoming you for a visit in the near future.