Charity 2019

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School Direct

What is School Direct (train to teach)?

School Direct courses 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. Southam Teaching Alliance works with the University of Warwick and Leicester University to offer QTS with PGCE.

You’ll train in a school, 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. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.

School Direct (Salaried)

The salaried route provides an employment based option for high-quality graduates with previous work experience, ideal for those who have worked in a school setting or who are seeking to change career. You will not be eligible for any bursaries or scholarships.

School Direct (Training)

This is a good option if you have some experience in working with young people, for example you may be a scout leader or have worked as a camp leader. Your placement is based mainly in one school with regular time spent at the University. You'll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, bursaries or scholarships.

For further information please refer to the UCAS, Warwick University and Leicester University links below:

Following are short videos from the Department of Education – Getting into Teaching on: ‘School Direct’ and ‘How to become a teacher’. 2wRs

Entry Requirements

Before you apply for teacher training, you need to make sure you’re eligible. Here are the requirements set by the Department of Education and you will also need to meet the extra requirements set by the University of Warwick or Leicester (our Higher Education Partners)

GCSE requirement:

If you want to train to teach, you will need to demonstrate:

  • a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in mathematics and English to teach at secondary level
  • a standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in mathematics. English and a science subject to teach at primary level
Degree requirement:
  • You need a degree to gain qualified teacher status (QTS).
  • The University of Warwick requires a Second class degree or higher
  • On postgraduate courses, the class of your degree may help to determine the level of funding you could receive during your training – find out about funding for teacher training on the link provided below – on the ‘The Get into Teaching’ website.
  • If you have overseas equivalent qualifications, you should contact your preferred training provider to check on eligibility, as they make the final judgement on equivalency.

Your training provider will make the final decision on whether you meet this entry criteria – if you don’t, they may ask you to sit a GCSE equivalency test, or ask for other evidence to demonstrate your attainment.

For more information please refer to link below: Get into Education – Eligibility:

Extra requirements set by Warwick University:

School Experience:

it is recommended you gain as much School Experience in mainstream Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 as possible. Aim to have at least 10 days of experience planned.

Skills Test:
  • as part of your application you must pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. We suggest you register for the Skills Tests as soon as possible to ensure you complete it in good time. NB. Skills tests are only valid for 3 years, please ensure your skills test will be valid on the course start date.

Please note: International applicants must provide evidence of equivalent qualifications. This can take timeto process so make sure these are provided in good time. IELTS results are required in addition to the GCSE English requirement and are valid for 2 years only so ensure these are in date.

For more information please refer to link below: Warwick University – Entry Requirements (scroll down to PGCE Secondary):


Southam Teaching Alliance is based in Coventry and Warwickshire and we work closely as an alliance of secondary and primary schools with our HE partner, the University of Warwick. We use expertise and collaboration (both within and outside our alliance) to offer CPD, networks and school to school connections, through a practical, teacher-centred approach.

During a trainee’s time at one of our Alliance Secondary Schools (see below), we will also introduce all trainees gradually to the practice of teaching and learning. All trainees will build the foundations of strong classroom practice, gaining competence in the key areas of planning, preparation and subject pedagogy.

For 2019/2020 we have placements (both salaried and training) at our following secondary alliance schools:

Stratford Upon Avon School

Stratford Upon Avon School

At Stratford upon Avon School we are passionate about our mission to engage, enthuse and inspire young people.

We offer the breadth of opportunities that you’ll only find in a big school, with an enviable range of specialist staff, courses and extra-curricular opportunities. From Architecture to Hair and Beauty, from the RSC to Cambodia, our array of courses, clubs, trips and enrichment opportunities offer something to enthuse everyone. Our teams regularly progress to the final stages of regional and national competitions in a range of sports, including girls’ and boys’ football, netball, dance, trampolining and go-carting.

The purpose of education is to prepare youngsters for adult life and we believe that the best place to do that is in a non-selective, co-educational environment. Students need to develop the skills to thrive alongside different people in different environments. We strive to ensure that youngsters keep their options open and develop the skills, attributes and qualifications to flourish in future. The quality of careers guidance given to students is exemplary and ensures that our students are extremely well prepared for their next steps.

Over the last few years we have made tremendous progress as a school and this is now reflected in strong examination results for our students at both GCSE and A Level. Given the comprehensive nature of our intake, we focus on ensuring that our students make excellent progress from their individual starting points.

Kineton High School

Kineton High School

Kineton High School continues to celebrate good results, which are attributable to the hard work and high aspirations of our students, the strong teaching from our committed and talented staff, the outstanding pastoral support and a clear commitment to raising achievement from all members of the school community.

Our strong community ethos is evident in the school’s commitment to ensuring every individual feels valued, safe and happy. At Kineton High School students receive the inspiration, support, guidance and encouragement to set and achieve aspirational goals. There is a strong emphasis on providing opportunities for students to build further their confidence, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships and to develop the resilience to overcome problems. We aim for all our students to enjoy their time at Kineton, to have memories and friends which will last a life time and to leave with the qualifications, personal skills and attributes needed to be successful young adults.

Kineton is committed to working in partnership with students, staff, governors and parents to continue to deliver the school mission; ’To provide an outstanding learning experience in order for all to achieve their personal best’. This is achieved through high quality teaching and learning, a curriculum which meets the needs of our students and positive relationships between all members of the school community, based on our values of teamwork, mutual respect, friendship, perseverance and equality.

Bilton School

Bilton School

Bilton School has served our local community since 1977. Many of our staff attended Bilton School as students and our current students have brothers and sisters, uncles, cousins, parents and grandparents who attended the school.

We are proud of this legacy. Initially formed from separate boys’ and girls’ schools Bilton now educates young people from the ages of 11-18 and also has a Nursery on site.

We are proud to be an inclusive school - every one of our students is important to us, whatever their starting points or aptitudes. Our aim is to provide a high-quality academic curriculum alongside cultural and enriching experiences which will enable each learner to develop into a successful, confident adult.

The vision for Bilton School is not only for students to surpass their academic targets, but to also be fair and tolerant citizens whose efforts, honesty and integrity are the values and life skills that they take onto the next phase of their education or training.

Coundon Court School

Coundon Court School is a successful and popular school that is routinely oversubscribed. This desire for parents to place their children in our hands is a measure of the trust that the local community is prepared to invest in our school. We take this responsibility very seriously indeed. Our students are at the heart of everything that we do.

The Governing Body have established a clear goal of striving for excellence. Our students have themselves chosen three key words in a new motto to represent their aspiration - Pride, Courage, and Honour. The staff has determined that the school will rigorously deliver high standards to ensure a first class educational journey for all in the school.

Coundon Court has a set of expectations and processes that are designed to ensure students conform to and are successful within the values and norms of British society.

Our educational experience is designed to secure a breadth and depth of learning that enables all in the school to be successful in their chosen career. We are committed to ensuring that every student leaves with a successful array of qualifications at 16 and 18 to allow for progression into ambitious pathways.

Our day to day working expectations are based upon the basic building blocks of a democratic society. These are liberty, tolerance, respect for the rule of law, a belief in personal and social responsibility and a respect for British institutions and conventions, for example politeness and the Law.

Students will therefore learn how to manage themselves successfully and safely in the complex adult world they are emerging into.

Southam College

Southam College

Southam College is an 11-18 school set in the heart of rural Warwickshire with 1643 students on roll, 298 of who are in the Sixth Form. As a result of our strong reputation, based upon outstanding achievement, wide ranging extracurricular opportunities and an ethos of support and care, the school continues to be oversubscribed.

We have used the ‘Outstanding’ accolade to spur us on to reaching even higher standards in everything that we do. This is inclusive of raising student achievement, providing a wider range of memorable experiences and developing the quality of learning and teaching. In addition, we have continued to improve our facilities with the building of a new Science block and state of the art Music block.

Southam College is a unique place of learning. Our fantastic students together with our hardworking and dedicated staff have created a culture for learning that facilitates every student fulfilling their potential.

Our caring and celebratory ethos is underpinned by a relentless focus on student achievement, developing learning and teaching, and providing students with inspirational memorable experiences. Our focus on these three areas has allowed the school to excel in recent years. Outstanding Ofsted reports in 2011 and 2014 have been followed by the school consistently being in the top 10% of schools nationally for the past 3 years.

We are determined to further improve our practice and make sure that everyone of our students leaves school every day happy and having enhanced their learning. Our school motto is ‘Be the best you can be’. We believe that with support of parents and school staff every student can achieve any goal.

Higher Education Partner

Southam Teaching Alliance partners with the University of Warwick, through their ‘Centre for Teacher Education’ (CTE).

The Centre for Teacher Education (CTE) is the University of Warwick’s global service provider for high quality training and professional education. This new centre builds on the success of Warwick’s existing expertise in teacher training, which was graded as outstanding by OFSTED in 2015. In addition to the traditional PGCE core training route, the CTE also offers PGCE School Direct. PGCEs cover early years, primary and secondary across a range of subject specialisms and all include Masters level credits as standard.

For more information on Secondary Education at Warwick please refer to their website:

Application Process

Once you are ready to apply to Southam Teaching Alliance, you can start your application through the UCAS Teacher Training website.

During this step you’ll need to:

  • Write a personal statement for your application
  • Arrange references and submit your application once you’ve received these
  • Pass the mandatory professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy – there are practice materials available online to help you get ready for these.

For further information on the above process and for helpful tips please refer to the links below:

Also following is a video on: ‘Tips for your teacher training application’, by Department of Education:

Please note that if you are applying for a salaried position, you will be placed at Southam College as your main teaching school. However, if you are applying for a non-salaried (training) position, you may be placed at any of our alliance secondary schools.

What happens once I have applied for a train to teach position?

We will inform you if your application (sent via UCAS) has been successful in going through to the next stage.

This stage will involve an interview day in school, including (and further details will be sent out to you closer to the time):

  • Tour of the school
  • Teaching activity
  • Formal interview

Throughout our recruitment process you will be given the opportunity to find out more about the school, the staff, and to meet some of our current school direct trainees.

Following is a video by UCAS for general tips on ‘Preparing for your Interview’:

What We Are Looking For?

As a Teaching Alliance we strive to provide high quality education for all students and we are looking to recruit someone to support our students in fulfilling their academic potential and enabling them to become ‘the best they can be’. Likewise for you as a trainee we will support you into becoming the ‘best teacher you can be’.

We are seeking highly motivated people, who enjoy working as part of a team. You must be an excellent communicator, adaptable and flexible as no two days are the same. Above all you must be passionate about teaching and have a proactive and helpful attitude.

Subjects Offered

For the school year of 2019/2020 we are offering salaried and training school direct placements across the 5 secondary schools in our alliance in the following subjects:

  • Biology (1 x salaried, 1 x training positions)
  • Chemistry (1 x salaried, 1 x training positions)
  • Computing (1 x salaried, 1 x training positions)
  • English (1 x salaried, 1 x training positions)
  • History ( 1 x training position)
  • Geography (1 x salaried, 1 x training positions)
  • Maths (1 x salaried, 1 x training positions)
  • Modern Languages ( 1 x training position)
  • Music (1 x training position )
  • Physics (1 x salaried, 1 x training position)