Train to Teach – School Direct Route

Train to Teach with Excalibur Teaching School Alliance – School Direct Route

We are looking for trainee teachers who have a passion for education and their subject specialism, are positive, enthusiastic, organised, creative, flexible, patient and have a desire to share these skills with young people of all abilities in the primary and secondary age range.

Location and Subjects: 

St John’s, Marlborough working in partnership with Bath Spa University

  • Primary (5-11)
  • Secondary: Art; Computer Science; Design & Technology; Drama; English; Geography; Mathematics; Modern Foreign Languages; Music; Physical Education; Religious Education; Biology; Chemistry; Physics

Fairfield High School, Bristol working in partnership with Bristol University

  • Geography; RE; History; English; Biology

About the role:

Excalibur Teaching School Alliance offers the school-led route into teaching (School Direct) and is accredited by either the University of Bristol or Bath Spa University. It is a one-year programme starting from September through to July and leads to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with up to 60 level 7 credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) programme; it provides a great experience if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’. On our School Direct route you will learn hands-on in the classroom and at the university. You’ll be part of a school based teaching team from the very start, receiving support from experienced teachers and mentors. You’ll know in advance which schools you will be placed with and you will be able to develop positive working relationships with the teachers there. You will have the opportunity to become immersed in school life, which means when you begin your first job you are more able to understand the life and times of a school.

Importantly, you will access an outstanding academic programme of study at the University of Bristol or Bath Spa University which will support you to understand the theory behind teaching whilst developing and practicing your skills in school.

For more information about Excalibur Teaching School Alliance please visit our website:

Closing date for applications: Open for applications until July 2020. Limited places are available, so please check the current vacancy status for each subject before applying. Applications are submitted through UCAS

Interview dates: Various

Salary: n/a

A bursary or scholarship may be available according to your degree classification and subject applying for. Please check:

Tuition Fees: payable by trainee £9,250 (student loans may be available subject to eligibility)

For information about applying for this opportunity, please contact Teaching School Manager Kate Hunter on [email protected].

Supporting Documents

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