School Direct

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a programme where schools recruit trainees directly and select them to train and work within their school. Schools therefore have more control over the quality of training that is provided and how it is delivered.

The course enables trainees to fully experience and be involved in day to day school life throughout the school year, not simply on designated teaching placements.

Training Route

The non-salaried route is open to all graduates funded by tuition fees paid by the graduate. Our School Direct training pathway will lead to QTS and a PGCE.

Salaried Route

Please note that we do not offer salaried places.

St John Bosco Teaching School Alliance

Schools Direct 2020/21

St John Bosco Catholic Teaching School are pleased to announce that we have been allocated 32  places on the School Direct training programme for the academic year 2020/21 in both secondary and primary . This will be the non-salaried mainstream route with PGCE run in conjunction with our ITT partner, Newman University College.

To apply, visit the UCAS website and search for School Direct - St John Bosco.

If you train with us, you will work with experienced, expert professionals and you will have the opportunity to work in 'Outstanding' and 'Good' Primary and Secondary Schools across Birmingham, Sandwell, Walsall and Dudley

You will achieve Qualified Teacher Status and a Post-graduate Certificate in Education, including Master's level credits from Newman University College, an outstanding Higher Education provider. The PGCE is internationally recognised, and portable.

You can read more information about School Direct on the Department for Education's website.


What do we offer that provides our students with additional learning?

We work with partner teaching schools to ENHANCE our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) School Direct teacher trainees experience. Our Teaching School works in collaboration with 2 other Sandwell Teaching Schools, Lightwoods TSA and and Our Lady at St Huberts. We work in partnership with Newman University, we take students who want to work at primary, secondary and in Special Education.

Together our three teaching schools have a range of additional in school training led by classroom teachers to support your learning from safeguarding to phonics; behaviour management to planning. To learn more about the subjects taught in primary and special, these students will attend Holly Lodge Secondary School for sessions to learn from specialist teachers with relevance to the KS1/2 curriculum. This is followed up by leaders in your placement schools.

A full day of training is held during the summer term at Holly Lodge (St John Bosco strategic partner) with a focus on English as an Additional Language (EAL).