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School Direct 

Our School Direct places for September 2020 have closed.  Places for September 2021 will be listed soon and applications will open in October 2020.

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 2021. 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 more than 140 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 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.

Find out how to apply by visiting the UCAS Teacher Training website.

For further information, contact Theresa Ford, People Adviser - Early Careers, at 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, Geography, Languages, Religious Education or Primary Maths, Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses are available. These are 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 in English and maths (and science for Primary trainees)
  • Degree at 2:2 or above
  • NARIC certification for overseas Degree/GCSE equivalence



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