School Direct Secondary

Our School Direct 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.

School Direct Secondary PGCE – course overview

We work in partnership with York St John University to ensure that teaching in the classroom is underpinned with a rigorous academic understanding. Academic sessions take place on a Wednesday afternoon and these sessions are either led by York St John or EborHope staff. We use outstanding teachers within our school network to facilitate our sessions. These sessions aim to give you an academic understanding alongside pedagogical strategies to deploy in the classroom. You can then deploy these strategies in the classroom the next day as the majority of your time is spent at your base school. At EborHope, you are always treated as a member of staff and not a trainee teacher.

Why I chose EborHope TSA

Secondary subjects offered

We offer training in the following subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Drama
  • Religious Education
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • English
  • Music
  • PE
  • PE with EBacc

Places are limited and recruitment takes place on a rolling basis. Once the number of students accepted reaches the programme limit, programmes will be closed. We recommended that you apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on the programme of your choice.

School Direct Secondary entry requirements

  • You must have an A Level in the subject you wish to teach.
  • You must be an honours graduate of an approved university or other institution granting equivalent qualifications acceptable both to York St John University and the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The first degree should be specific to the subject-based PGCE you are applying for. In some circumstances candidates without a subject specialist degree may be considered if you can provide evidence of strong subject knowledge, and have at least an A level in the subject.
  • All applicants require GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Applicants for the Secondary PGCE in the sciences must have a grade C or over above in GCSE Science.

“Employment rates are high across training routes because the partnership meets the needs of schools within the region and beyond. Employment rates are high across training routes because the partnership meets the needs of schools within the region and beyond.”


Ofsted 2017

School Direct Secondary placements

Our EborHope Teachers will undertake two placements during the year. For the majority of the year, our EborHope Teachers will be in their base placement. The second school placement will be for 6 weeks during the Spring term.

Induction is a key part of the programme and each placement as we feel it is important for you to feel welcome in the school community and valued as members of staff from the start. You will attend school meetings such as staff meetings, participate in school training days and other professional development events as appropriate. You are given the opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life and the wider school context. This helps you to understand your own professional identity and be a fully committed member of a school community.

We place EborHope Secondary student teachers in the following schools:


% of Secondary School Direct EborHope Teachers qualified with an outstanding or good grade (all cohorts)

Academic and mentor support

You will be supported by a school mentor as well as a link tutor who is based at York St John University, they will be in regular contact through informal visits and joint appraisals. There will also be a senior mentor at Ebor Hope to guide you throughout your teaching career. This is a one year programme but the support will continue into your NQT year and beyond.

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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.

Our Alliance works in partnership with York St John University and leads to the award of a PGCE with a recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.

Interested in finding out more?

If you have any questions about the programme, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below.

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