School Direct Initial Teacher Training

2017-2018 Schools Direct Application window is NOW OPEN

It is our vision that all children within our alliance of schools and partners will have a first-class, innovative education.

We provide School Direct teacher training for primary education in liaison with the University of Gloucestershire to help ensure future generations of teachers become outstanding practitioners.

We have several unsalaried places (PGCE, QTS) for applicants.  Trainees on the unsalaried route are students of the University of Gloucestershire for the duration of the course.  Many of our previous unsalaried School Direct trainees have been offered employment in schools with Pickwick Learning Teaching School Alliance following training.

We have over 30 schools across Wiltshire, Bristol, Bath and South Gloucestershire in our alliance - finding a school for you to train in that works well for you is a priority for us and we organise this in partnership between you and the school.

Why train to teach with us?

  • Work in partnership with us, deciding together which schools you'll be placed in
  • Learn to teacher 'on the job', observing and working alongside outstanding practitioners based in schools from day 1 for the entire year (terms 1, 2, 5 & 6 in school 1 and terms 3 & 4 in school 2)
  • Undertake placements in a range of schools gradually building up the quantity of teaching as you develop your skills and experience
  • Benefit from individual and specialist support from an in-house mentor on school placements
  • Seek financial support from Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans (home and EU/EEA students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees. This is available through Student Finance England. You won't have to pay the cost of tuition charges up front and you will only repay the loan once you're in full-time employment and earning above £21 000) or a Bursary (as a general primary teacher you could be eligible for a training bursary of £3 000 with a first or PhD)
  • Train collaboratively across 16 Pickwick cluster training days and 16 University led days
  • Access exceptional ICT facilities including a Regional Training Centre for Apple Education
  • Experience a wide range of SEND including a specialist speech and language centre
  • Visit schools with Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning

What we're looking for - eligibility criteria:

  • Clear passion for working with children
  • Strong skills in organisation and time management
  • A clear and realistic understanding around the financial implications of the programme and a commitment to success
  • 2:2 Honours degree or above, achieved or predicted
  • A subject knowledge course may be needed if the degree is in a subject not conducive to teacher training.
  • GCSE English Language C (achieved), GCSE Maths C (achieved), GCSE Science C (achieved), Core GCSE equivalents listed by NCTL, e.g. O levels, or successful tests via (achieved)
  • Access students will be asked to take equivalency tests for GCSEs prior to application where these are not already in place. These should be done via the organisation named above.
  • Pre-application  experience: some recent UK primary school experience (no specified time but as much as possible)
  • Additional experience is an advantage, e.g. in a teaching environment with adults/ children, or work with children outside school/ outside UK
  • A positive reference supporting entry to a primary PGCE from a university tutor, employer or school-based contact (where SE has been sought)
  • For more information on essential and desirable trainee specification click here

To discuss applying for a School Direct place with us please contact: Steve Lung (Deputy Headteacher at Sea Mills Primary, Bristol, and Pickwick School Direct lead): or Amy Tapscott (NQT/RQT Leader at Corsham Primary School, Wiltshire and School Direct Training Manager):

How to apply

If you would like to train to become a teacher and would like to train at any of our alliance schools, learning on the job, please visit the UCAS website: and apply directly to Corsham Primary School (our lead school) or Sea Mills Primary School (lead school for School Direct and ITT).

Find out more about our training programme and use the codes to apply.  Search for 'corsham' on our UCAS training programme page 

You can apply directly to Corsham Primary School, in Wiltshire, or Sea Mills Primary School, in Bristol.  You can negotiate which of our alliance schools you would like to do your placements in.

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