Train to Teach
This is your next step in becoming a qualified teacher. School Direct is a school-centred teacher training programme where students will gain an accredited QTS qualification, and even have the option of taking up a PGCE. Salaried and non-salaried options available.
What is School Direct?
‘School Direct’ is a school-centred teacher training programme which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with the option of a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education). St Mary’s College has been a lead provider of primary and secondary teacher training in the region for many years and we offer a range of training programmes in Early Years, Primary (5-11), and Secondary subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Computer Science, Design Technology, History, Geography, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, and Religious Education). There are both salaried training programmes and non-salaried options which attract bursary funding.
Applicants need to have a degree, as well as GCSE Mathematics and English (and GCSE Science for primary teacher training). All applicants need to pass the Professional Skills tests (Literacy and Numeracy) before starting the course. Further details about the personal skills and qualities that we look for can be found on our website: www.schooldirecthull.co.uk.
Why should I join the School Direct programme?
Rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, St Mary's College has a long and successful record of providing excellent teacher training and support. If you want to be trained by the best teachers in a highly successful, yet friendly, school with a vibrant extra-curricular scene and a large, thriving Sixth Form, then you should join us. Nationally, we are a “Top 100” school for pupil progress, and a DFE Teaching School. St Mary’s is proud to also hold ‘International School’ and ‘World Class’ school status. Locally, St Mary’s College is the lead secondary school for Hull SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) and we work closely with a number of other secondary schools in the city, including The Marvell College, The Boulevard Academy and Kelvin Hall School.
We are also part of St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy Trust, together with the seven Catholic primary schools in Hull, so we are also able to offer both Early Years and General Primary teacher training opportunities.
What can I expect if I join School Direct?
All our trainees are made to feel like members of staff and are included in all aspects of school life. You will receive excellent training and pastoral support and will be part of a high-performing team. You will have a designated mentor who will support you throughout the training year and a full programme of training sessions led by experienced teachers on all aspects of pedagogy and educational issues. Teacher training is demanding and intense, but it is also highly rewarding and fun. You will grow in confidence throughout the training year and gradually take on more teaching, as your skills at lesson planning and delivery develop. St Mary’s College and our partner schools have a strong track record for training excellent teachers and then providing employment opportunities for them. A high proportion of our teaching staff have come through our teaching training programme and many have risen to key positions of responsibility.