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School Direct 

Our School Direct places for September 2022 are now closed. 

Applications for 2023 will open on 11 October 2022. You will be able to find teacher training places here and apply by visiting the new DfE 'Apply' system.

We are looking for future teachers from all walks of life who are as diverse and vibrant as the communities we serve. Train to become a teacher with the Greenwood Academies Trust and benefit from a tailored package of support and development from outstanding, experienced teachers and tutors.

In conjunction with our accredited providers, The Cambridge Partnership, Bishop Grosseteste University, Nottingham Trent University, and the University of Nottingham, we are offering School Direct training places to start in September 2023. Based in one of our academies, trainees will study for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Masters credits, and a QTS award.

Since 2013 we have successfully trained almost 200 teachers through School Direct, with many former trainees now in positions of leadership. 

Trainees attend lectures and seminars with the accredited provider typically one day a week, with the rest of the time spent 'hands on' in the academy.  You will be assigned an academy-based Subject Mentor and Professional Tutor who will meet with you on a weekly basis to provide ongoing guidance and support.

A contrasting placement in a second setting is undertaken during the Spring term. This will provide a broader view of educational issues and experiences.

Get all the information you need about a career in teaching and how to get there by visiting the
Get Into Teaching website.

If you would like to develop your knowledge and understanding of the teaching profession, register for this free 'Becoming a Teacher' course with the Open University 

For further information, contact Theresa Ford, People Adviser - Early Careers, or call 0115 7483310 Option 1.

Do you want to teach a subject that isn’t directly related to your Degree?

Don’t worry! If you want to train to teach Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computing, Design Technology, English, Languages, Religious Education or Primary Maths, Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are available. These can be fully funded and you may also be entitled to a bursary whilst studying. You need to apply for and be offered a School Direct place before starting a SKE course, so please keep this timeframe in mind.  

In order to apply you must have: 

  • An understanding of teaching in a UK mainstream classroom  
  • GCSE grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) in English and maths (and science for Primary trainees)
  • Degree at 2:2 or above (or predicted grade if in your final year)
  • ENIC certification for overseas Degree/GCSE equivalence
  • Right to work and/or study in the UK

Please note that our non-salaried courses with The Cambridge Partnership are not suitable for people who require sponsorship under the new Student points based immigration system.


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