About our training programme

Great reasons to train with us:

  • We have an Outstanding partnership with Plymouth Marjon University, and offer outstanding placements and teaching
  • You can train locally in one of our schools across Devon
  • We deliver bespoke Subject Knowledge days tailored to suit your needs

Our School Direct programme is an exciting Teacher Education training route for top graduates, in partnership with Plymouth Marjon University. Our training programme uses a variety of school-based settings, enabling trainees to experience a wide range of different learning environments and contexts. This variety ensures that trainees are fully prepared to take up posts in schools. We are offering School Direct places for those interested in teaching in EYFS, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two.

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As a School Direct trainee, you will be enrolled at Plymouth Marjon University with access to the full range facilities, resources and both social and academic opportunities. As a full member of the University you will benefit from all key events that are arranged.  


From day one, trainees will be school based and a part of a school team, working with outstanding teachers and mentors in our Teaching School alliance schools.

School Direct brings together all the necessary elements required for excellence in Initial Teacher Education and Training; this is built upon a partnership of expert school-based practitioners and our experienced accrediting provider,

Plymouth Marjon University. The programme brings teacher education pedagogy and up to date research within a school-based setting, providing enriched, school-based essential classroom experiences that allows you to put theory into practice as you develop into an outstanding teacher.

The School Direct programme duration is one academic year (September – July), during which time you will be based in a home school and to ensure a breadth of experience you will undertake a number of high quality school placements across our Partner schools, as well as a bespoke programme of training developed and delivered by University lecturers and outstanding teachers.

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Our programme has been designed to build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an outstanding classroom teacher. On completion of your training you will be awarded a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). All graduates of our Schools Direct programmes will be confident, passionate, knowledgeable and reflective teachers.

It is expected that as a reflective, highly developed, newly qualified teacher, you will secure employment either directly with your host school or in one of our partner schools, upon successful completion of the programme.

We are offering non-salaried routes for our School Direct programme.

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