Schools Direct in partnership with Crocketts Primary School Alliance and Newman University

Schools Direct is predominantly a school-based teacher training programme with some time spent in University. It is a combination of QTS at Secondary level (qualified teacher status) and PGCE (post-graduate certificate in education). At St Michael’s we offer Schools Direct teacher training in partnership with Crocketts Primary School Alliance and Newman University. We work with the University in recruiting and selecting trainees and provide an outstanding teacher training programme. The course provides an immersive experience which will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and experience to start a rich and rewarding career in teaching.

We have a proven track record of effectively supporting trainees to become successful teachers. As a trainee, you will learn from experience by teaching in the classroom and be supported by working with a highly skilled, caring and supportive team within our school who will do everything they can to help you succeed. You will be supported by a professional development programme developed by practising expert teachers. You will also be allocated an experienced school-based subject mentor and induction tutor who will support you during the programme, which will be in addition to being fully integrated into the wider aspects of school life, including whole school CPD, intervention and extra-curricular clubs.

The programme is a one-year, full-time course from September until July and is delivered within the term dates of St Michael’s C of E High School. The majority of the programme is delivered in school, through school-based placements. Additional academic elements of the programme are delivered by Newman University. You will be placed in two schools throughout your training year, St Michael’s C of E High School will be your main placement school during the Autumn and Summer terms, the other will be a second school placement within the Spring term. Whilst at Newman University you will be working on honing your subject and pedagogical knowledge as well as learning about the educational landscape and topics such as safeguarding.

We currently offer the Schools Direct route in the following subjects:

  • Computer Science
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science

You will learn the principles of curriculum design, delivery, and theories of teaching and learning, alongside developing practical insights and skills in the effective teaching and assessment of children. Trainees are encouraged to develop into reflective teachers who can respond effectively to the learning needs of children of all abilities and needs. You will be assessed through regular lesson observations with supportive feedback and ongoing self-reflection regarding your progress. This route maximises your experience in classrooms, but also takes advantage of the depth and breadth of experience of Newman University tutors.

You will benefit from University tutor visits and training at Newman University, focused on pedagogy, professional studies and support with academic writing. Our partnership with Newman University will support you in completing two Masters Level assignments of 4000 words each, leading to the award of Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) alongside Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) These assignments show how practice and research combine to provide a framework within which you teach, refer to practical pedagogy in the classroom, research of academic literature and both reflection and evaluation. You will also be invited to undertake subject audits in English, Maths and Science.

It is desirable but not essential that you have undertaken some school experience, or plan to do so before the course commences.

Key Features

  • Placements in two High Schools
  • Trainees start on 40% teaching commitment rising to 80% by Term 3
  • Full postgraduate PGCE award including 60 credits at Master’s level
  • Extensive support provided by high-quality tutors, school colleagues and staff
  • Regular University tutor observations/visits to support schools and trainees’ development

Interview Process

Should you be invited for interview, it will be held at St Michael’s C of E High School.

You will be asked to deliver a 20-minute learning activity with a group of students. You will be briefed ahead regarding the lesson theme.

A panel consisting of the St Michael’s Induction Tutor, a member of Senior Leadership Team, the relevant Head of Department of your subject area and a partner from Newman University will interview you. You will be asked a series of questions regarding your views on education, why you want to train to be a teacher, your expectations of teaching and your understanding of this training route.

You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the programme.


  • GCSE Maths, GCSE English Language, GCSE Science at grade C/4 or above.
  • Degree (1, 2:1, 2:2) – ideally at 2:2 or above.
  • Please contact us if you would like to discuss your entry qualifications.

​​​​​​​Personal Qualities

  • Qualities of successful trainees who have gone on to become successful teachers are:
  • Coachable (you are willing to act upon advice given)
  • Resilient
  • Enthusiastic
  • Professional
  • Organised
  • Proactive
  • Dedicated