Interview with School Direct Student
Jessica Masters

Interview with Head Teacher
Andrew Dickinson

Interview with Assistant Head Teacher/Student Mentor Alicia Cadman

Deputy Head Teacher
Mr T Boodell

School Direct Student
Kristina Garratt

School Direct Student
Daniel Hamilton

What does School Direct at St Francis Xavier look like?

School Direct is a programme where schools recruit trainees directly and select them to train and, potentially, work within their school. Schools therefore have more control over the quality of training that is provided and how it is delivered. We welcome applications from potential teachers of all backgrounds, from recent graduates to career changers or those returning to work after time off in caring roles. Why not contact us to see if School Direct would be a suitable route for you? It is one of a number of routes into teaching - you can learn more about the different options in the video below.

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. We are pleased to announce that for 2019-20 we are offering primary places and secondary places in Maths, English, History, Geography, Chemistry, Biology, French or Spanish.

We work closely with Newman University, who is our accredited provider. Newman University provides the Masters level content of all our courses and University tutors visit you during the training year to evaluate your progress and to quality assure our training programme in school.

Trainee Comments

Secondary trainee 2017-18

"This choice was an obvious and easy one for me. I have never wanted to do anything other than teach so the opportunity to fully immerse myself in a school environment as soon as possible was perfect. For me, it means gaining the best of both worlds: I still have lectures and the full support of the extremely fantastic lecturers at the university while obtaining lots of teaching experience. Plus, I also have the additional wonderful support of St. Francis Xavier!"

Kristina Garratt - School Direct Trainee 2015-16; currently a Year 1 Teacher, specialising in SEND

"I loved the idea of the School Direct route into teaching because you get a lot more hands on experience as opposed to the PGCE route. I really wanted to spend the majority of my time in school learning how to teach instead of spending hours in lecture theaters learning from secondary sources."

"I felt well equipped going into my NQT year having experienced more of a school based environment. School Direct gave me the opportunity to experience the full role of a teacher - planning, teaching, behaviour management, understanding progress and data and just the everyday running of a school. "

Daniel Hamilton - School Direct Trainee 2015-16, currently year 6 teacher

"My faith is very important to me so training within an alliance of Catholic schools enabled me to develop a style of teaching cohesive of faith and pedagogy. Also working within a small alliance meant that you weren't going to get lost in a sea of other trainees. There was a lot more opportunity to work one to one with your mentors."

Our Alliance

If you train with us, you will work with experienced, expert professionals from our cluster of school providers in both the primary and secondary sectors.

In the Sandwell and Dudley area primary partners include: St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School, Our Lady and St Hubert's Catholic Primary School, St Gregory's Catholic Primary School, St Philip's Catholic Primary School, St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Dudley; St Mary's Catholic Primary, Dudley. Moving towards Birmingham we have partners at St Mary's Catholic Primary, Harborne and Our Lady Of Fatima. Then in Worcestershire, we have partners at St Ambrose's Catholic Primary School, Kidderminster; St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Stourbridge and St Wulstan's Catholic Primary School, Stourport.

Our secondary partnership has expanded and we now work with Q3 Academies in Langley and Great Barr, Bishop Milner Catholic College in Dudley, as well as Hagley Catholic High School in Worcestershire .

Please click on the partner schools tab to find out more about possible training locations-

Training Route

We offer a non-salaried route, which is open to all graduates and which is funded by tuition fees paid by the graduate. Non-salaried places, which are available in primary or secondary subjects, are also known as tuition-fee or training places. Our School Direct training pathway will lead to QTS and a PGCE in either a primary (ages 5-10) or secondary (ages 11-16) phase. Trainees also benefit from introductory experiences in neighbouring key stages such as early years and post-16.

To find out which route is best for you, please take a look at the information sheet below:

We will expect you:

  • To have some understanding of what working in a mainstream primary- or secondary- school entails.
  • To be able to reflect on any experience you have and to share those reflections in your application and at interview.
  • To know about the curriculum to be studied.
  • To have ideas about the principles and practice of primary or secondary education.
  • To be able to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken Standard English.
  • To obtain enhanced DBS certification before starting to train with us

What you can expect from us:

  • A training programme which meets your needs
  • Experienced staff at the St Francis Xavier Teaching School Alliance to support you during the training year
  • Trained and experienced mentors in schools to develop your teaching skills in the classroom
  • A strong relationship with our University provider, Newman University, to facilitate your academic work
  • A strong commitment to safeguarding- we value the welfare of our children, so will ensure that you get full safeguarding training once you commence a School Direct training course with us,

Any other questions?

Entry requirements

  • A good degree in a relevant subject
  • Good results at A level or equivalent qualifications
  • Passes at GCSE English and Maths (and Science for primary applicants)

To make an application to UCAS

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