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Considering teaching as a career?

Where better to train to teach than in a school? School Direct is an exciting new training route for top graduates. Why don’t you consider training to teach with the Calderdale Teaching School Alliance?

Calderdale Teaching School Alliance is delighted to be working in partnership with York St John's University to deliver Initial Teacher Training: School Direct.  For the academic year 2018-2019 we are intending to recruit 20 primary trainees to our School Direct programme.


What are the routes into teaching offered by Calderdale TSA?

There are two types of training places:

The School Direct Training Programme – this route is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee who may receive a bursary from the National College for Teaching and Leadership.  

The fees for this route are £9250.  You may be eligible for a tax free bursary to support your training.  Full details regarding bursaries and scholarships can be found on the National College for Teaching and Leadership website:

In addition you could also apply for a student loan to support your payments through student finance:

The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) – this route is an employment-based route for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience.  You will be paid a salary by the school in which you train. This salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay ranges. You will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your qualified teacher status (QTS) award. You will not be eligible for a training bursary.  

Where will I train?

Currently, the schools in the Calderdale TSA School Direct partnership are


What will the training programme look like?

The Calderdale TSA programme lasts for one academic year (September - July), during which time you will undertake a minimum of two high quality school placements across our partnership. You will also enjoy a bespoke programme of training developed and delivered by our partnership schools and university partner.  On completion of your training you will be awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Teacher Status (QTS); the programmes are assessed at masters (M) level.  Full details of the programme we offer can be found on the UCAS website


Who do we want to recruit?

We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who have the drive and ambition to become outstanding teachers and who are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of young people.  You must demonstrate a passion for working with young people, have relevant school experience and be able to say why teaching is for you!

You should also have -

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good organisational skills and excellent time management
  • A friendly and approachable nature
  • Creativity and imagination by the bucketful


What qualifications do I need?

To be eligible for our School Direct programmes, the following qualifications, experience and attributes are required:

  • A UK or EEA Undergraduate honours degree or a recognised equivalent qualification at 2.1 or above
  • GCSE Grade Cs or above in Science, English and Mathematics (or equivalent) achieved prior to application.

All applicants will also need to have registered to take the Professional Skills’ tests in Literacy and Numeracy.  Information regarding this can be found at:


How do I apply?

You can apply for School Direct 2018-2019 at the end of October 2017. You register and apply through the UCAS teacher training website –


Details of our recruitment/school experience days are advertised on the Get Into Teaching website -


We would encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

Why should I choose the Calderdale Teaching School Alliance School Direct Programme?

  • We have a track record of supporting and bringing new teachers into the profession
  • We have a committed team of experienced mentors, coaches and tutors providing support throughout the programme
  • We offer a wide range of schools within the Alliance offering outstanding training and placements within varying contexts



Do you need further information?

For further information about the Calderdale TSA School Direct Programme please email us at  or call us on 01422 362227

If you would like further information about entering a career in teaching, you may find the following websites useful:

School Direct:

Department for Education:

Teachers’ Standards:


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