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School Direct

Why School Direct?

If you want your training to be based in a school where you can be fully immersed in the life of a teacher from day one, a school-led training course is for you. School Direct is a one year programme that offers you ‘on the job’ training  which mirrors the life of a ‘real’ teacher.  Once selected by us, you will be part of a team from the very start, receiving support from experienced teachers and mentors. You will also spend time in at least one other school to gain the broad experience required to become a qualified teacher.  

We work directly with The University of Worcester and Haybridge Alliance SCITT to deliver this course, which leads to a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and qualified teacher status (QTS).

Why Choose South Bromsgrove High?

South Bromsgrove High and our partner schools are highly committed to the training of teachers in a school based environment with access to high quality support from excellent Higher Education Institutions. We have experienced subject and professional mentors who are involved in the planning and development of the School Direct programmes with The University of Worcester and Haybridge Alliance SCITT. 


Each Trainee will be assigned a Professional and Subject Mentor who will be experienced in mentoring, coaching and giving feedback. There will be a high entitlement of lesson observations by mentors and other colleagues and the opportunity to observe outstanding practitioners. You will meet with you mentor regularly, to review lesson observations and set targets related to the teacher standards.

Professional Studies

The professional studies element of the course will be coordinated by South Bromsgrove High School, Haybridge Alliance Scitt and St Johns Middle School on a particular day each week. Much of the Primary Professional Studies will be delivered at the University on some Fridays. The unique aspect of this programme is that the delivery will be shared across schools in a wider alliance, who have specific areas of expertise. This will also allow insight into First, Middle, High and Special Schools. Much of the Professional Studies element will involve linking theory to classroom practice. 

Subject Element Delivery

The subject based elements of the programme will be delivered by The University of Worcester and Birmingham City University whose work covers a continuum of training, development and professional support from trainee to practitioner, ranging from tailored professional development seminars and online support to accredited programmes leading to postgraduate qualifications to include Masters and Doctorate qualifications.  

Second Placement

The second placement will be during the Spring Term and will take place in one of the excellent partner schools.  Including:

Bromsgrove School 

Trinity High School & Sixth Form Centre

St. John's C of E Middle School 

Alvechurch Middle School 

Aston Fields Middle School

Redhill School

Haybridge High School

Getting Involved in School Life

All Trainees are encouraged to take part in the opportunities in placement schools and this involves attendance at:-

  • Faculty Meetings
  • Year Meetings
  • Whole Staff Training on aspects of Teaching and Learning
  • Parent Consultation Sessions
  • Open Evening
  • Pathways Evening
  • 6th Form Information Evening

Trainees also get involved with The Duke of Edinburgh Scheme, House Events, School Play, Running Teams and numerous other opportunities open to them.

For details of how to apply click here.