Primary School Direct

We are delighted to be offering School Direct Primary Initial Teacher Training giving trainees the opportunity to learn to teach in local Cotswold Schools and be trained by experience mentors and teachers.


Working alongside the University of Gloucestershire, our course gives a comprehensive training and practical experience leading to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).  Training placements are in at least two local Cotswold Schools, hand picked to best suit your needs.  You will gain experience in both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 and with a range of abilities and in differing contexts.  Training is provided centrally by the University but mainly also led by colleagues in our schools here, and this is led by two local head teachers.  We also run a Secondary School Direct course too, if you prefer teaching the older age range.


School Direct means that we design and tailor our training course to exactly fit our schools and the needs of our applicants.  It means that we can recruit the very best potential teachers into the sector.  It also means that you will gain experience in schools for nearly all of the time during your course. You will train in a cluster of trainees all in this area, helping and supporting each other, as well as working alongside experienced teachers in our schools.  Host schools are fully involved in the selection of our trainees and work closely with the university to design the programme.  You will benefit from training provided by both the host school and university staff, following an agreed syllabus which includes professional, pedagogical and subject development. This will prepare you for your first teaching job.

Why train with us?


We work in a very close partnership with our local partner primary schools for the shared development of teachers across the North Cotswold region. Our course is led and run by experienced teachers from our schools and is tailored to meet the demands of our local area.  Training will be in at least two of our local schools and we aim to offer a good range of experience.

We have an excellent record of working with trainee teachers many of whom go on to gain employment in our schools. Training works collaboratively giving support, challenge and a varied experience

You will gain experience working across both main Key Stages and with a range of abilities and needs of pupils. 

Entry Requirements:


All teachers must have at least a 2:2 degree or an equivalent qualification.  GCSE Maths, English and Science is also required (or equivalents).

We are also looking for potential future teachers so candidates who are engaging, passionate and eager to learn are most likely to be accepted onto the course.  We highly encourage applicants to have had or to be gaining experience working with children, either in a previous career or voluntary basis.  We will be looking for strong literacy and numeracy skills, and these will be tested at interview.  Team work, organisational skills and good humour are also essential skills of a good teacher.  We will judge these qualities through your application (via UCAS), references and the interview.  Our interview procedure is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the School Direct places available.  We suggest that you have a good understanding of the current educational systems and have considered how pupils learn and the essential skills of a teacher.

Course structure


Our accrediting partner is The University of Gloucestershire and our course follows their main structure.  However, the School Direct course does allow for more time in schools and a more individualised training programme, planned and delivered by local experienced teachers.  You will work with a small group of other trainees (maximum of 10) across the partnership and share weekly training sessions.

You will be trained in a highly supportive and inspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

Much of the training will be delivered by expert teachers in the partnership schools. This will be enhanced by attendance at The University of Gloucestershire.

Every trainee is given their own personal mentor who will be an experienced teacher in the school where they are working.  Mentors are trained in coaching and mentoring and will give you high levels of personal and professional support.  Being a School Direct trainee you will be treated like a member of staff. You will be in school from the first day of the school year so you will feel part of the team from day one.



Formal assessment for the School Direct programme takes place throughout the year. There is no final written examination.

Assessment takes the form of assessed practical teaching against the Teachers’ Standards and course work assignments set by your HEI link partner (PGCE)

Successful completion of the programme requires passes in practical teaching and in all assignments; the marking criteria for both scales are against a comprehensive range of criteria explicitly linked to the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


We are unable to provide accommodation for students.

Child Care Facilities
Unfortunately we are unable to provide any child care facilities, however, there are many local providers within close proximity to our main placement schools.

Disability Access
We welcome applications from students with disabilities. We would, however, recommend that you contact us prior to making an application.