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Shropshire School Direct

Are you interested in becoming a teacher?  Are you looking for a career change or looking to return to work after a career break?  Teaching could be an option.....


We are recruiting for our 2018/19 School Direct Programme and applications for the next cohort are invited.  The programme is a one-year Post-Graduate School Direct teacher training programme in partnership with Darwin Learning Partnership, North Shropshire and Salop Teaching Schools.  

To reserve your place, please click HERE



lTE Teacher Education/School Direct

The North Shropshire Teaching School Alliance runs non-salaried Shropshire School Direct Primary Phase Teacher Training programmes in partnership with the Darwin Learning Partnership, Salop Teaching School Alliance and the University of Chester. The Early Primary and General Primary programmes are locally delivered within Shropshire at St.Peter's Learning Centre in Wem and in Shrewsbury.


If you are interested in Secondary School Direct places, the Salop Teaching School Alliance is a Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin based partnership of successful and outstanding secondary schools working in collaboration with both local authorities and the University of Chester.  Working with the University means they are able to provide high quality teacher training.

For further information regarding Secondary School Direct places, please visit their website: Salop Teaching School Alliance 


Shropshire School Direct is a one year Post Graduate Teacher Training programme. The benefit of Shropshire School Direct, as opposed to a conventional PGCE programme, is that the Shropshire School Direct programme is based around school-embedded learning with trainees spending a minimum of two days per week in classrooms from the first week of the programme, resulting in more confident, independent and effective teachers. Our Shropshire School Direct programme enables the immediate application of theory into practice, resulting in a more effective teacher training experience. Shropshire School Direct trainees are treated as members of staff in their host schools and are encouraged to play a full and active part in school life. 


Trainees will complete a total of 180 days of training across the academic year. 60 days academic study and 120 days classroom-based, observing and building up to whole class teaching by their final teaching placement. 


What our trainees think of the programme;

"As a trainee teacher on the Shropshire School Direct Programme, I can confidently say that I have received exceptional training from outstanding teachers.  The school-centred approach means that I have been attached to a host school whilst completing placements at other schools within the cluster; this has allowed me to observe a range of effective teaching and learning strategies.
I have been warmly welcomed by all the schools in the cluster and the teachers have gone above and beyond to ensure that I receive the best possible training that I can. The support from each school has been amazing and I have felt like a true staff member whilst on placement. Another great aspect of Shropshire School Direct is that it is local; you can receive high quality training without having to travel a lengthy distance.
Finally, being able to complete my teaching placements locally has allowed me to meet other local trainee teachers who without doubt will be friends for life! The support from other trainees and the schools within the cluster has made my School Direct experience an enjoyable one!"
Demi Cartwright (Shropshire School Direct Student)


Where are we now? 

Ex School Direct Students update us...


"My name is Daniel Ryng. 

I completed the PGCE Primary with QTS with NSTSA summer 2016. 

I am now a full time teacher working in a specialist school teaching yr 5/6. The school is Severndale Specialist Academy.

I love's an incredible job!"


"My Name is Kathie Green.

Having completed a PGCE through the North Shropshire Teaching School Alliance three years ago, I am now working as a Year 3 teacher in one of the 'Outstanding' Primary Schools that I trained in.
I am also leading Foreign languages in the school!"


"My Name is Laura Long.
After having taken the Early Years/KS1 route I am now working in Year 1 at the Martin Wilson Primary School in Shrewsbury.  Initially, it was a temporary post to cover maternity leave but they have asked me to stay on next year.

I can’t believe how quickly this NQT year has gone!"