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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 now recruiting for our 2020/21 School Direct Programme and applications for the next cohort are invited.  The programme is a one-year Post-Graduate School Direct teacher training programme.


For more detailed information, please follow the links below.

About us


We offer non-salaried Shropshire School Direct Primary Phase Teacher Training programme in partnership and the University of Chester. The Early Primary and General Primary programmes are locally delivered at St.Peter's Learning Centre in Wem and at Woodfield Infant School in Shrewsbury and in partner schools.


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. 


How to apply

All applications for teacher training will be managed by a single admissions process with UCAS For further information, please visit 

For Early Primary and General Primary the Provider Code is 2AN


Initial Selection

We will select applicants for interviewing using academic and non-academic criteria and applicants will be able to track their application online through UCAS 'Track'.


Interview in school

Interviews will be held at the school offering the training place with a representative from the accredited provider.


Decisions following interview

Following selection and interview, offers will be made to applicants within 40 days of their application being received.  Conditional offers will be subject to degree results, passing professional skills test and completion of classroom observation.

Further Information
For information about getting into teaching and funding available please visit

Proudly Celebrating the Class of 2018/19


We were very proud to witness our School Direct Associate Teachers receive their awards from Dr Gyles Brandreth, Chancellor of the University of Chester at the Inaugural Graduation Ceremony which was held at St Chad's Church, Shrewsbury on Thursday, 25th September 2019.  

Dr Brandreth said: “I am honoured to be presenting degrees and awards to graduates of the University Centre of Shrewsbury in the beautiful St Chad’s Church. These students deserve to celebrate their dedication and achievements, cheered on by their friends and faculty who taught and supported them, and colleagues who worked alongside them. May success and good luck always be with them.”

We wish our past Associate Teachers many congratulations on all they have achieved and wish them our very best wishes as they embark on their teaching careers.

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."
"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!"

Our School Direct Almuni update us...


"A couple of years ago I completed my PGCE via the school direct programme with the North Shropshire Teaching School Alliance. I am now an RQT in a year 2 class in an amazing school where I completed my placement.  The school direct programme was absolutely fantastic! Being in a small group of only 7 associate teachers meant that we were able to share our experiences and discuss ideas on a daily basis. We were placed into a school very early on in the course which was very beneficial as understanding the beginning of a school year is crucial. We also built up partnerships with our host schools very quickly. This put us in great stead for the future. Support was readily available at any time, with our peers, NSTSA tutors and university tutors. I never felt alone or stuck for ideas. When we began applying for jobs, again we were fully supported from the application process right up to interview preparation. With an ever expanding placement school list, a PGCE with the NSTSA stands out from the rest, especially if you complete a placement in one of their schools. I would have no problems recommending this fantastic schools direct programme and I am so pleased I chose the NSTSA to complete my PGCE."  Year 2 Teacher


"I completed the PGCE route through the North Shropshire Teaching School Alliance.  I am now working as a Year 2 teacher in one of the partner schools that I trained in.  I thoroughly enjoy my job and am lucky to be working with such a supportive team.  I would highly recommend this course to anyone considering a career in teaching'.  Year 2 Teacher


"Without the expertise, support and belief of the North Shropshire Teaching School Alliance, I wouldn't be where I am today. I am currently an RQT in a mixed year 5 and 6 class in Shropshire. I use the knowledge, strategies and skills that I was taught during my teacher training each day. I can't thank the host schools, the staff at NSTSA and the University of Chester enough. From the moment that you graduate, you are 100% prepared and ready to embark on your teaching career - something the traditional PGCE doesn't offer. The school direct approach gives you invaluable, hands on experience and you are fully immersed into the life of a teacher from day 1. Not only that; during the year, you have a chance to network with other local professionals and gain friends for life. You can be assured that you will always have somebody at the end of an email that you can speak to if you need advice, even after graduation! Without hesitation, I would fully recommend this outstanding route into the classroom."  Year 5/6 Teacher