The Ecclesbourne School is delighted to be able to offer School Direct places for the academic year 2018 to 2019 in the following subjects:

Physical Education
Religious Education
Business Studies
With the Long Eaton School Alliance and the University of Derby

Our alliance with Long Eaton School Alliance, and the University of Derby, is a strength of our School Direct programme, providing trainees with many opportunities to learn and develop in a range of contexts. It is important to note that you are not applying to be placed in one specific school. The training involves two placement schools and short periods in other contexts. Placements will be based on your own development needs.

All trainees successfully completing a programme will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with 60 credits towards a Master’s Degree from the University of Derby.

Benefits of training through an Alliance include:

  • Well-developed links between schools across the Alliance for trainees who want to work in Derby and its surrounding area, so understand the unique challenges our schools and children face. With the diversity of our partner schools (including two special schools) and the relationships we have with other schools in the city, we can support training in areas of EAL and SEN.
  • Bespoke professional themes programme for trainees wanting to teach in Derby and its surrounding area.
  • The opportunity for good and outstanding trainees to gain experience in a second subject area during their final term of training if they wish; so enhancing their employability and matching curriculum needs of local schools.
  • A 'buddy' programme of peer support and critical friends that will sustain you beyond your ITT year.
  • The possibility of beginning your teaching career in a school where career progression through ITT, as a Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) and a Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT) are well-developed.
  • Local professionally facilitated networking with other School Direct students; access to a range of local curriculum forums and links with Newly Qualified Teachers training and events.

We will ensure that each trainee is allocated an excellent mentor in our school. Mentors attend regular network meetings to ensure they keep their skills up to date and for them to share good practice.

How to apply:

Applications open in October 2017 via UCAS. Further information about the application process can be found on their website:

Please note that when applying you are not applying to work at a specific school, your individual training experience will lead to you being deployed in the schools which the Alliance feels will offer you the best possible opportunities to complete your training successfully.

We are looking for individuals who can demonstrate potential and show strong commitment. In order to apply for a place on School Direct with us from September 2018, applicants must have:

  • A Honours degree: a 2.1 UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification is preferable, however strong applicants with a 2:2 will be considered
  • A GCSE grade C or above in English and mathematics or a recognised equivalent qualification
  • Passed the national English and Maths Skills Tests
  • Some paid or voluntary experience in a school classroom which will help you demonstrate insight into teaching and learning. It can be helpful to your application to use a referee from this experience on your UCAS form
  • A high quality personal statement submitted as part of your UCAS application

All places offered are contingent on successful applicants also meeting the ‘suitability’ (DBS) and ‘fitness to teach’ (mental and physical health) requirements.

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

The School Direct Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should have a strong understanding of the subject you wish to teach before you start training. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, it is recommended that you undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training.

Please note that all candidates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training.

Many Frequently Asked Questions about becoming a teacher are answered on the following site:

Long Eaton School Alliance

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