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Run in partnership with Winchester University, our School Direct programme offers the very best in teacher training to a select cohort. 


The number of students on our programme has been carefully selected to benefit you as a student.  You will be known and recognised within the Alliance, receiving personal attention and opportunities.  It also includes:

  • 12 core training days at the University

  • full-time learning alongside our expert teachers who have a wealth of knowledge, experience and strategies to pass on

  • specialist focus training days within the Alliance

  • a minimum of 2 placements in two different phases and schools

  • opportunities for specialist short term placements during enrichment time - Early Years Foundation Stage, SEND, English as an Additional Language, Maths, secondary experience days or behaviour for learning

  • 3 assessed assignments

  • on-going assessment of the quality of teaching and learning

What are we looking for in our trainees?

We are looking for professionals who have a passion for making a difference for children and who are excited to be working with them and their families.  We would like to see applicants who have a deepening understanding of child development and of what inspires and motivates children as learners.  In addition we are looking for candidates who have these attributes:

  • C grade (or above) at GCSE in English, Mathematics and Science. Specific equivalency tests may be accepted in lieu of these 

  •  Pass in Literacy & Numeracy skills tests.

  • A 2:2, or above, honours degree in any subject.  The degree will be assessed for suitability in conjunction with experience and skills.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in written and spoken English.

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks will be undertken.

Our entry requirements

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