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School Direct 2018-9

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.

Information events

We are holding a number of information events to share information about our teacher-training programme and to meet prospective applicants.

St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Primary School, Swainsea Lane, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8AR – Tuesday, 13th March 2018 – 15.00-16.30

St Mary’s R C Primary School, Highfield Rd, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 7DB – Monday, 26th March 2018 – 15.00-16.30

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.

Our programme

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:

Selby CP School

Nun Monkton Foundation Primary School

Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary

Knayton CE Primary School

All Saints RC Primary, Thirsk

Romanby Primary

Sutton on the Forest Primary School

St. Joseph’s RC primary School

St. Mary’s RC Primary School

St. Peter’s RC Primary School, Scarborough

Husthwaite CE Primary School

Kirkbymoorside CP School

Sheriff Hutton Primary School

Huby CE Primary School

Amotherby CP School

Sinnington Primary School

Helmsley CP School

Easingwold CP School

Crayke CE School

Alne Primary School