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  • 160

    NPQ Registrations

  • 179

    Early Career Teachers

  • 103

    Associate Teachers School Direct

School-led, Transformative,
Excellence in Partnership


Train to Teach, What is School Direct?

The programme is a national teacher training initiative which puts schools at the heart of the  process. Each of the partners within STEP work with Chester University and have designed and developed their school led teacher training programmes to provide trainees with a bespoke, locally based and high quality course which has an excellent reputation and prepares teachers well for their careers.

School direct courses generally last a year and result in qualified teacher status (QTS)- most also award you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/ or Master's level credits. You'll train in at least two schools, getting the chance to 'learn on the job'- but you shouldn't worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You'll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors.

The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university- led courses, too. You're also equally eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.

We are delighted to be working with the University of Chester to provide high quality teacher training, locally delivered by outstanding practitioners and with placements in successful and outstanding local schools across Shropshire & Telford and Wrekin

How to apply

You can use the Department for Education website to search for the course that you wish to apply for using their Find Teacher Training Courses.

Apply for teacher training is a new GOV.UK service where you can apply for postgraduate teacher training. Apply for teacher training is easy to use and gives clear guidance to help potential teachers make strong applications.

 Join STEP to journey together through your teaching career

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