Polaris Teaching Alliance is delighted to be working in partnership with Leeds Trinity University to offer unsalaried early years and primary training places on the 2018-19 School Direct programme.
Our School Direct programme offers you an initial teacher education opportunity of outstanding quality, training as part of an inspirational learning community on a journey to achieve a national reputation for excellence in teaching and learning.
Applications for School Direct are made on-line via UCAS. Applications may be submitted from 26th October.
We are holding a number of information events to share information about our teacher-training programme and to meet prospective applicants.
Wednesday, 21st February 2018, 4pm to 5.30pm, All Saint’s RC Primary School, Mill Mount Lane, York YO24 1BJ
Saturday, 24th February 2018, 11am to 2pm, Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Ln, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD
More events will be added very soon, so please keep checking this page.
What is School Direct?
School Direct is a school-led teacher training programme that allows trainees to learn from experienced and inspirational teachers working in schools within Polaris Teaching School Alliance. Students will have the advantage of learning on the job, but will be well supported by a dedicated team of teachers and University trainers, who will guide them every step of the way.
It is a full-time, one-year course, during which students will complete academic assignments, gain subject knowledge and apply their understanding of child development in class, leading to a PGCE with QTS. School Direct offers the same academic rigour as university-led courses and students are eligible for a training bursary and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.
Polaris works with over 60 primary schools, ranging from town schools to tiny village schools, faith and community schools, nursery and forces schools across a wide area. The partnership is led by St Mary’s RC Primary School, Malton, judged Outstanding in 2011 and a National Teaching School and works collaboratively with North Star TSA, based at Meadowside Academy, judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2012 and designated also a National Teaching School. Trainee teachers will receive training one day per week at our local hub from Leeds Trinity and Polaris practitioners and will spend four days per week in at least two contrasting schools.
All partner schools are committed to supporting entrants to the profession and sharing with trainee teachers their expertise, skills and passion with the aim of improving outcomes for children by fostering the best teachers for the future.
For more detailed information about participating schools check out their websites: