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.
We are the longest standing provider of School Direct in our region and our Initial Teacher Training partner, York St John University, has provided teacher training since 1841. We work in partnership with York St John University to ensure that teaching in the classroom is underpinned with a rigorous academic understanding. If you are interested in training to teach with us, take a look at our eBrochure to find out more.
At EborHope, you are always treated as a member of staff and not a trainee teacher. Our training teachers are referred to as EborHope teachers, as you are considered a member of the teaching staff of a school from day one.
Our EborHope Teachers will undertake two contrasting placements during the year. For the majority of the year, our EborHope Teachers will be in their base placement. The second school placement lasts for 6 weeks during the spring term. Read more about our PGCE Course here.
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.
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.
|Spring Term||Second placement - Development phase||6 weeks assessed teaching 40-45% (10 hrs) of the week|
|Summer Term||Return to Base Placement - Consolidation phase||10 weeks assessed teaching up to 75-80% (16 hrs) of the week|
|Autumn Term||Base placement - Introduction phase||5 weeks observation and team teaching
7 weeks assessed teaching 40-45% (10 hrs) of the week
|Additional week primary placement|
|One day diversity placement|
|Enrichment week - school based experience related to individual training needs|
Support is an integral part of developing and nurturing EborHope trainees to be outstanding teachers. Through weekly mentor meetings, as well as regular feedback on your teaching, you will be supported by your school mentor as well as your York St John University Link Tutor. You will also have a Professional Mentor who will provide you with support.
In addition, you will also be allocated an academic tutor from the York St John University to support with writing at Masters Level. Students have full access to the Student Support Services offered by the University.
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.
The support you receive at EborHope will continue into NQT year and beyond.
Our Teaching Schools Alliance is made up of partner schools throughout York and North Yorkshire, offering a diverse range of teaching and learning opportunities to our School Direct training teachers when you are on your training placement.
You will benefit from direct road and rail links into York as our partner schools are easily accessible, not only to the access York St John University facilities, but also the wealth of entertainment and leisure facilities, historical sites, coastal beauty spots and outstanding countryside.
To discover why York was voted the UK’s best place to train to teach and work, click here: York Best Place to Teach
You can see the locations and names of our partner schools on the map below.
To find out more about each of our partner schools, select the relevant link below:
Gaining experience within a school environment is an important first step on your pathway to teaching. At EborHope Teaching School Alliance we offer a School Experience Programme (SEP) which aims to give you a valuable opportunity to experience what it is like to teach your own class and engage with pupils of varying ages.
Working in partnership with York St John University as York’s original School Direct provider, we have supported 112 training teachers so far to secure their first teaching posts. We offer an extensive range of CPD opportunities to help you learn, develop and shape your career during your PGCE year and beyond.
Recruiting for our 2021-22 training cohort, our newest cohort will be the 9th to choose to start their teaching journey through this immersive, school-centred route into teaching. Between 2018 and 2020, approximately one third of our training teachers have gone on to secure teaching roles within our Hope Learning Trust schools while many of our partner schools have also employed our training teachers based on their performance during their placements.
EborHope TSA offer training to help your start your teaching career after your PGCE year, such as job applications advice and mock interviews, as well as preparing you for your NQT year by working with Ambition Institute on Early Career provision. Equally, our partners at York St John University continue to support you after your training year with a dedicated NQT service.
Our School Direct PGCE programme develops our EborHope student teachers into competent and confident professionals as they begin their NQT years. They learn that intellectual endeavour, criticality and personal reflection are key to developing outstanding teaching practice during the early stages of their teaching careers.
Dr Brian Rock, Secondary ITT Lead at EborHope Teaching Alliance
At York St John University, we recognise, and celebrate, the fact that many of our schools have very robust, highly effective NQT induction programmes. Our aim is to complement the support being offered in the school, by the Local Authority and Teaching School Alliances and to be instrumental in creating highly-skilled, confident and resilient teachers of the future. We offer regular webinarson a range of topics, a dedicated NQT website containing a wealth of resources, frequent communication with our NQTs in the form of newsletters, and also bespoke support both for those in employment and those seeking their first teaching position.
Louise Whitfield, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education/ NQT Lead
To find out more about tuition fees for both the Primary and Secondary school-centred (School Direct) PGCE programme please click here.
We welcome all applications for both Primary and Secondary programmes which must be submitted via the UCAS website. For full details on how to apply including availability of Ebor Hope Teaching Schools Alliance School Direct places, please click here.
The joy I have already felt from my first term with the EborHope teaching placement has affirmed that this is the job that is right for me. I have a strong support system of mentors and tutors, guiding me through beginning my teaching practice, also providing weekly sessions on the various elements involved in the job. EborHope focuses on staying true to yourself and tailoring your development around that – there is no certain mould you have to fit in for teaching, teaching is expressing your personality and knowledge in your own individual way.
I have had a really positive experience so far, the link with the university and school is seamless. The department I am in is very welcoming and the support I am getting is great. My mentor is also very experienced and knowledgeable which is great when I need help or advice.
Ebor Hope Teaching Schools Alliance goes above and beyond to help the trainees on the programme. The connections through Ebor Hope have also been very beneficial and helped me greatly; being able to see how science is run at St. Peter’s School was a wonderful experience. The partnership with YSJ seems to be very strong and I like how sessions on a Wednesday are either run by YSJ or Ebor Hope staff.
I wanted to be involved in a School Direct programme, so after searching on UCAS I discovered Ebor Hope - when I looked on the website it was clear and easy to understand.
If you have any questions about the programme, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the form below.