• Why train with us?

    The primary School Direct course is led by Barr Beacon School, an Ofsted Outstanding, highly oversubscribed Teaching School with 1534 pupils aged between 11 - 18 on roll and a large and highly successful sixth form. This school is also the lead school of a secondary SCITT programme and the Matrix Academy Trust. ITT provision at the school, which started out with 7 secondary trainees in 2012, has gone from strength to strength and now provides 21 trainees with a well-established mentoring, training and professional development package. We have trained over 40 trainees in a diverse range of subjects and in 2015, 100% of our trainees were classified as Good or Outstanding by the University of Worcester. Our primary School Direct programme offers trainees exciting training opportunities at Kingsland Primary School, Wednesbury Oak Primary School and within the Matrix Academy Trust.
  • Entry Requirements

    Minimum degree required: Third

    Degree or equivalent:
    A degree, usually an Honours degree in a subject applicable to your teaching subject. For maths and physics the minimum degree entry requirement is third class degree. Please contact the Registry Admissions Office for more information. We can be contacted by email or by telephone (01905 855017).

    Grade C at GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language, Mathematics and Science is essential for all applicants. The University organises alternative examinations for candidates without these qualifications.
    School experience
    All successful candidates are strongly recommended to undertake some school experience prior to starting the course.
    Experience of working with young people in an educational setting would be an advantage, although this does not need to be paid work but may well be in a voluntary capacity.
    School Direct Salaried Programme
    Candidates are eligible to take up places on this route if they:
    - are eligible to work in England as an unqualified teacher; and
    - possess three or more years' work experience.
  • What We Are Looking For

    Interest in and commitment to education and children
    To get the most out of this course, you will need to be enthusiastic about working with children, and possess an ability to relate to them. On the course, you will be encouraged to develop good working relationships with teachers and their pupils. The School Direct programmes, whilst a training programme, provides a sustained school experience throughout the school year and the opportunity to be fully immersed in the school community.

    Oral and written communication
    Communication skills are, of course, vital to the teacher's role and your skills will be developed through teaching and your school experience. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to take part in discussions, produce, read and respond to written materials, and give presentations. We will assist you in developing your ability to match your language to a wide range of interpersonal needs and professional demands.

    Literacy and Numeracy skills These are important for all teachers, and this importance is reflected in their prominence in the curriculum. We will help you develop the necessary knowledge and understanding of language and how it works in order to effectively teach literacy. We will also help you to build your understanding of mathematics, so that you can teach numeracy with confidence. You will learn to study fundamental concepts from an advanced viewpoint. In addition, you will have opportunities to develop your existing IT skills and to learn about their application in a range of areas of the school curriculum.

    Interpersonal skills Being a teacher is very much about being a team member, and this is reflected during the course. You will need to work co-operatively on joint projects, work as a member of a team and accept the responsibility of leadership roles. You will have the opportunity to discuss your experiences with a variety of other people.

  • How We Select Our Trainees

    The School Direct Programme is an intensive year, demanding full time commitment. Tutors and mentors are committed to providing generous support for trainees in meeting these demands, provided trainee teachers are totally committed.
  • About This Training Programme

    What does the School Direct programme offer trainees?
    Professional and relevant training in a school context along with the benefits that a Higher Education Institution can offer.
    Opportunity to work alongside teachers and colleagues who can offer examples of good practice, advice and support during training.
    Opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to become an effective teacher.
    The recommendation of Post Graduate Certificate in Education with QTS.
    Credits for assignments that demonstrate Masters level study and progression to a higher degree qualification.
    An enhanced training experience through additional pathways for specific areas of the curriculum.
    The prospect of high employment offered through the diverse range of schools in the region.
    What support will I receive during the programme?
    At Barr Beacon you will have a dedicated subject mentor who will support and guide you through your training year.
    You will have a range of dedicated professional development sessions designed to support you through your training year.
    You will be supported by a school based Professional Mentor who will deliver weekly professional study sessions and be on hand to support you through your training year.
    What will my training year look like?
    You will have an induction period which involves university and school based days.
    Following your induction period, you will deliver 4 solo and 8 collaborative lessons during the Autumn term. This will increase as the year goes on.
    You will have a timetable that allows you to develop the necessary skills to become a teacher.
    You will be supported through your training year by experienced teachers.
  • What do previous trainees think?

    Michael Eszrenyi, who is currently enjoying his year as a Newly Qualified Teacher in German at Barr Beacon, had this to say about the benefits of School Direct: Training on the School Direct scheme at Barr Beacon was a fantastic experience. My training was based in the school itself and therefore the majority of my time was spent where I believe I learnt the most: in the classroom getting practical experiences. Barr Beacon is an exceptional school to train at because the support and opportunities provided by the teachers, mentors and departments are second to none. I really felt like I was a part of the department and had become integrated into the school. This meant that the transition into life as a NQT at Barr Beacon was made considerably easier.