Teacher Training in York

School Direct is a popular choice for those wanting to train to be a teacher on the job, have an immersive, practical experience and who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train. School Direct programmes are designed and delivered by schools in partnership with a university provider. The placement schools recruit you as a trainee with a job in mind just for you.  

At the heart of our School Direct teacher training programme are two ‘Outstanding’ York schools – Manor CE Secondary Academy (Hope Learning Trust) and Robert Wilkinson Primary Academy (Ebor Academy Trust). These are our ‘Lead Schools’ who work in partnership with York St John University to deliver a truly school-centred programme.  

Together we award a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters level credits of professional development modules.  

Teacher Training Programmes

PGCE Primary teaching

Our programme will include subject study modules covering the subject knowledge and pedagogy required for successful classroom practice, whilst professional modules will develop your theories of learning, pupil development and the wider role of the teacher.

PGCE secondary teaching

Our programme creates great teachers. We believe that you can make rapid progress when you are immersed into a supportive school environment, learning from outstanding practitioners.

Fees & Funding

Tuition fees for both the Primary and Secondary school-centred (School Direct) PGCE programme are £9,250. You may be eligible for a tax free bursary or scholarship to support your training.

How to Apply

Applications for both Primary and Secondary programmes must be submitted via the UCAS website.

School Experience Programme

We’d love to meet you before you apply to our Schools Direct programme. The Schools Experience Programme (SEP) gives you an opportunity to meet and observe the teachers and pupils we work with.

Here to help

We’d love to speak to you about how we can help you start your teaching career. Call us today on 01904 528661 and our friendly team will be happy to to answer any questions you have.

What Ofsted (2017) says about our Secondary School Direct teaching programme:

  • Trainees and NQTs are reflective and highly committed to their continuing professional development. They contribute positively to subject  departments and the wider life of the school.
  • Schools welcome their new ideas and energy. A few NQTs are already in leadership positions in subject departments. Others are leading professional development and training sessions in schools and teaching school alliances.
  • School subject mentors provide strong support and guidance. This enables trainees to apply their subject knowledge accurately to the new national curriculum and assessment requirements, so that their pupils make good progress.
  • Leaders communicate effectively their high aspirations for trainees and high expectations of mentors and trainers. Thorough and meticulous self-evaluation and incisive decision making have brought about rapid improvement in training and mentoring.

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Places are still available on our School Direct Secondary course. Find out more