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SCHOOL DIRECT: The new route into Initial Teacher Training!


The main aim of SCHOOL DIRECT is to give graduates the opportunity to practice their skills as a Teacher within a school, whilst simultaneously building their portfolio of qualifications at university.

Please see some of the achievements of our past students at


To find out more information about school Direct please join us at our open days on:

24th November at Seabridge Primary School 4.30pm - 7.30pm





School Direct is a new route into Initial Teacher Training that places the school based programme at the heart of the experience. The main aim of School Direct is to allow schools to recruit and select the trainees they want with the expectation that they will then go on to work within the school or group of schools in which they were trained, although there is no guarantee of employment.

Information on School Direct can be found at 

Entry to the School Direct programme is conditional on:

  • Achievement of at least a 2:2 and preferably a 2:1 honours degree (or recognised equivalent);

  • The relevance of an Honours degree content and /or A Levels to the chosen specialist subject(s);

  • Passes at GCSE in English Language, Science and Mathematics at grade C or above (or equivalent). Please note: although the Teaching Agency minimum requirement is a grade C at GCSE, we will generallybe looking for applicants with a grade B or above inEnglish Language;

  • Selection based on the information provided on the GTTR/NCTL application;

  • Selection based on a successful interview (part of the interview is conducted within a partner school);

  • A medical report which is deemed satisfactory;

  • A completed DBS enhanced disclosure which is deemed satisfactory by the University;

  • Successful completion of the Teaching Agency’s Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy (these are now a pre-entry requirement).

  • Successful completion of a minimum of 10 days teaching experience in either Key Stages 1 or 2 during the last two years in a primary school.

Further information about our course and partnership with The New Keele and North Staffordshire Primary SCITT Website   

About Us

St. Mary's is collaborating with a number of schools across both Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire. This year we are offering school direct places linking with these partner schools and Keele University.