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School Direct


Training and developing our future teachers

The St John Bosco TSA

For information concerning ITT please contact

Jan Rudge (primary places)

Ian Melling (secondary))

We have both primary and secondary places available for September 2017.
10 primary places and secondary places in Physical Education, Religious Education, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Geography, History, Maths and English.
All posts have QTS and PGCE


What is School Direct?

School Direct is a programme where schools recruit trainees directly and select them to train and work within their school. Schools therefore have more control over the quality of training that is provided and how it is delivered.

The course enables trainees to fully experience and be involved in day to day school life throughout the school year, not simply on designated teaching placements.


Training Route

The non-salaried route is open to all graduates funded by tuition fees paid by the graduate. Our School Direct training pathway will lead to QTS and a PGCE.


Salaried Route

Please note that we do not offer salaried places.

What are the Entry Criteria?

  • A pass in the National Maths and English tests.
  • UK university degree (2:2 or above) or a recognized equivalent qualification.
  • Grade C or above GCSE in English Language, Maths and a Science subject.
  • You will be required to undergo an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check to verify your suitability for working with children.

You need to be able to show your suitability to be a teacher.


We Will Expect You:

  • To have had experience of working in or observing in a mainstream primary school and be able to talk about this.
  • To know about the curriculum to be studied.
  • To have ideas about the principles and practice of primary education when applying for a primary place and sound subject knowledge with relevant qualifications for a subject specialism place
  • To be able to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken Standard English.


School Direct 2016/17

St John Bosco Catholic Teaching School are pleased to announce that we have been allocated 32 places on the School Direct training programme for the next academic year in both secondary and primary . This will be the non-salaried mainstream route with PGCE run in conjunction with our ITT partner, Newman University College.


To find School Direct places for St John Bosco on the UCAS site please search for Holly Lodge.


  • If you train with us, you will work with experienced, expert professionals and you will have the opportunity to work in 'Outstanding' and 'Good' Primary and Secondary Schools across Birmingham, Sandwell and Dudley.
  • You will achieve Qualified Teacher Status and a Post-graduate Certificate in Education, including Master's level credits from Newman University College, an outstanding Higher Education provider. The PGCE is internationally recognised, and portable.

You can read more information about School Direct on the Department for Education's website.



How to Apply

Application are made through UCAS Teacher Training using the 'Apply' system. This can be found on the Ucas website.

  • Applications are now open.

If your initial application is successful you will be invited to a selection day. This will consist of a presentation or activity and an interview.
Please note: before commencing your training you are also required to pass skills tests in literacy and numeracy.

If you have any enquiries or for further information please contact our Teaching School Strategic Partner: Ian Melling at Holly Lodge High School.

E mail:
Telephone: 0121 558 0691

Insight to Learning

What do we offer that provides our students with additional learning?

We work with partner teaching schools to ENHANCE our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) School Direct teacher trainees experience.

The group members work primarily in partnership with Newman University, both primary, secondary and Special Education trainees, but our group is open to all.

We meet each half term to share our experience of ITT/SD and to gain feedback from our current trainees experiences and evaluations of our enhancement activities.

We offer our students the opportunity of attending a full day of training and emersion in special education at Westminster Special School (strategic partner of St John Bosco TSA) as part of this day students have the opportunity to gain a Level 1 certificate in autism training.

A further full day of training is held during the summer term at Holly Lodge (St John Bosco strategic partner) with a focus on Education as an additional language (EAL)

Foundation subject training is provided by subject specialists at Holly Lodge with follow up from leaders in placement schools.


"I am so pleased that I joined the St John Bosco teaching alliance, the mixture of learning on the job whilst still having access to the support of the university has been invaluable to the start of my teaching career. From day one I really felt like I was a member of staff at the school rather than someone who was on placement, which really helped me settle in. I was exceptionally lucky with both my placement schools and received excellent mentoring in both, this has allowed me to be able to develop as a teacher and should provide a good base for my NQT year. As part of a school direct group you also have access to other training sessions such as a day at an SEN school and training within EAL teaching. These extra sessions really help and put things into a real life context. I know from experience that finding the right PGCE course can be a minefield, but I would highly recommend St John Bosco, it is the right balance of university and school experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed my year."

Emily, School Direct Trainee 2015.

'School direct strikes the perfect balance between theory and practice; realistically preparing you for an outstanding teaching career'

Daniel, School Direct Trainee 2015.

"Training with the St John Bosco TSA partnership has been great. They do not over-complicate the training as some other colleagues have experienced. The support from partner school Holly Lodge on Foundation subjects was amazing, we were taught HOW to teach the subject and given lots of inspiring ideas to take back into the classroom. Each subject focus was real active learning! The additional opportunities for theme days were really useful; a day in a special school where we achieved our Level 1 autism certificate; tracking an EAL new arrival and the RE training was really practical and relevant experiences. I have always felt that I have a big specialized support network around me, from both the St John Bosco Teaching School leaders and my university tutors. I feel cared for and supported in all areas as a teacher. This is a great way to get into teaching. "

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