Salaried Training Programmes

Salaried Primary and Secondary trainees will receive a salary during their training period and will be expected to teach a minimum of three lessons a week unsupervised from day one of the training programme.

For this reason we are looking for confident candidates with a high level of experience leading training or classes and excellent subject and National Curriculum knowledge.

You can expect to spend the majority of your time training in the classroom, helping to build your confidence in a school environment with the support of an experienced mentor. 


The course is full time over 39 weeks (term time only). Please be aware it is a condition of entry that you spend at least one day in your main placement school prior to starting the course. The date is arranged at a mutually convenient time, but traditionally takes place in June.


In addition, all trainees will be invited to attend a one day pre-course induction at George Abbot School in July. School Direct Salaried trainees should also expect to attend a full induction programme at their placement schools in July.


The programme consists of four inter-related elements which are designed to intellectually challenge and engage trainees in pedagogic theory and practice and develop creative, innovative and reflective practitioners.


1. Mentored Experience in Schools 


Structured individually tailored mentoring is at the heart of the School Direct programme. The mentor has many roles, they will be your coach, role model, critical friend and reflective practitioner. The mentor will support the trainee in meeting the level of practice required for the award of QTS, as defined in the Teacher' Standards.   


2. Professional Studies


These are delivered on a weekly basis to support the practical learning and include:

  • lectures, seminars and workshops;
  • group activities: presentations; group discussions; role plays and collaborative working;
  • independent learning;
  • peer support;
  • developing professional learning and practice in schools and settings;
  • blended learning employing electronic resources;
  • observation of teachers’ practice;
  • professional development activities undertaken in a variety of different school settings. 


3. Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy


Termly sessions are held in schools across the partnership to examine syllabus content, curricular structure and approaches to teaching these. 


4. Written Assignments


Trainees will complete 4 written assignments which are marked in-house.


Alternative Educational Settings


In addition to your main primary placement, you will:

  • Have a 4 week second placement

  • Spend some time in a special needs environment

  • For Primary trainees, a visit to a Secondary School to see how Year 7 pupils are supported when making the transition from Primary

  • For Secondary trainees, a visit to Primary School to see how Year 6 pupils are prepared for the transition to Key Stage 3.         


What qualification does this course lead to?


You will recommended for the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) on successful completion of the course.   



How much will it cost?


For trainees on the salaried route there are no tuition fees.        


What is the salary?   


Trainees will receive a salary in line with their supporting school's policy ranging between £10,000 - £17,500.


Will I be employed at the end of the programme?


As part of the School Direct Programme trainees are expected to be employed within the Partnership of Schools at the end of the training year.   



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