School Direct – A Walk Through for Potential Applicants

If you are a recent graduate or interested in a change of career, you may find this short walk- through of routes into the teaching profession useful.

Why not take a look at this short video on youtube, published by the Department for Education, where School Direct Trainees talk about their training experience.

Where to Apply

If you wish to apply to train to be a teacher in the year beginning September 2017 you have several options:

  • Apply directly to a university offering BEd or PGCE teacher training courses;
  • Apply to a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) to gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status);
  • Apply to “School Direct” in a school which is part of a teaching school alliance to gain your teaching qualification.

If the last of these three options is for you and you would like the opportunity to train in the Catalyst family of schools in the Bishop’s Stortford and Sawbridgeworth area then you may wish to apply to Catalyst.

Application Process

Whichever route you decide to take, application will be through UCAS (University and Colleges Admission Service).  Applications can be made from 27th October 2017 and are completed online (for which there is a small fee of £24).

Through UCAS you will be able to make three simultaneous applications to three separate providers (one of which can be Catalyst if that is your choice).  Also, if those three applications are unsuccessful then UCAS manages a clearing process to try to ensure that all suitable candidates are placed.  In this clearing phase, applicants can apply to different providers one after another to try to gain a place.

Please click here for the UCAS website for more detailed guidance on the 2016-2017 application process.

Catalyst and Leventhorpe

Leventhorpe is part of Catalyst, the Bishop’s Stortford Teaching School Alliance.  In that alliance Leventhorpe is the lead school for Initial Teacher Training, which means that we process all the teacher training applications which specify Catalyst.  Successful applicants will not necessarily do their teacher placements at Leventhorpe, as they could be placed in other schools such as The Herts & Essex High School, The Bishop’s Stortford High School or Birchwood School.  We also offer primary phase places through our linked primary schools.

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Catalyst and The University of Hertfordshire

School Direct places obtained through Catalyst are validated by The University of Hertfordshire.  The university has a fantastic track record of success in teacher training and assists us by providing support and tuition to students, to ensure they have what they need to become the outstanding teachers of tomorrow

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