Music cover teacher“Ignite is committed to providing initial teacher training that equips entrants into the teaching profession with a solid foundation for their careers.”

What is Schools Direct Training?

Schools Direct Training is an exciting partnership between Ignite and the University of East Anglia UEA, where we are able to offer a full PGCE through School Direct combining the best of both the university based post graduate qualifications and the hands on experience gained through school based training.

You will study for a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education with an additional award of 90 Master’s credits – PGCE(M). The course will lead to you gaining qualified teacher status (QTS). As a School Direct trainee you will study alongside and follow the same programme as the UEA Provider-led PGCE(M) students. During your course you will spend approximately two thirds of your time in a school within the Ignite Alliance of schools working alongside experienced teachers to develop your practice. For the remaining third of the course you will spend time working with academic staff and peers at UEA to develop subject-specific pedagogy and explore areas of professional development.

Ignite are able to offer placements for both Primary and Secondary training. Whilst Ormiston Venture Academy acts as the lead school in this partnership your training placement(s) may take place at any of the partnership schools involved in the Ignite Teaching School Alliance.

Secondary subjects offered for School Direct training starting September 2020 are:

PE, English, Geography, Biology, History, Maths, Modern Languages, Chemistry and Physics

What does Ignite offer potential entrants into teaching?

        • The opportunity to train within an alliance of primary and secondary  schools
        • A professional induction programme through the School Direct route.
        • A professional learning programme led by teachers that have been identified as outstanding
        • An opportunity to train with an alliance that is at the forefront of educational innovation
        • Excellent induction teachers in the first years of their careers

How do I apply?

Applications for School Direct Training places can be made via this link.  To refine your search further, our postcode is NR31 7JJ and Ignite Teaching School’s provider code is 18Z.

Please note all School Direct candidates will be expected to have passed their QTS skills tests in both English and Maths before they begin their training.

How to maximise your chances of being offered an ITT place

Your application

Make your personal statement as detailed as possible – explain why you want to be a teacher – NB: long holidays or ‘works well with childcare’ are not good reasons! You need to mention what it is about teaching children that appeals to you, and why you feel that you would be good at it – mention your personal qualities, and any relevant experience that you have. Try to show that you understand what the job of teacher entails.

Preparing for interview – do your research.

While it is no longer mandatory to gain school experience in order to be accepted onto a teacher training course, we strongly recommend that you spend some time in a school before your interview. Allow plenty of time to arrange this: while most schools are very happy to accommodate people wishing to get a taste of what it is like to work in a school, they are very busy places and may not be able to give you a date immediately. Obviously the longer the time spent there the better, but one day is better than nothing. Ask if you can shadow a teacher or a pupil and have some questions ready to ask yourself while you are there – what different things do the staff do? What are the expectations of the children? How does the curriculum work across the day/week?

Read up about teaching. Look up the teacher standards, the national curriculum and the exam specifications for your subject or phase. Read the OFSTED framework for inspecting schools.

Make sure you have all your exam certificates as you will usually be asked to bring them with you to interview. You can order them from exam boards or universities if you don’t have them, but this takes time so be prepared.

The Interview

It may sound obvious, but work out how you will get there.  Teachers have to be organised and able to come up with solutions: it doesn’t impress the teacher training provider if you ring up to ask for directions, or about public transport options.

Dress appropriately. Most schools have a staff dress code, which is generally smart, and often more conservative than many offices – so no miniskirts, leggings or flipflops; no jeans or t-shirts. You do have to be able to move freely around a classroom, so avoid tight suits or other restrictive clothing – but if in doubt, dress up rather than down.

You will usually be asked to deliver a short lesson – 10-20 minutes long – to a class or group of students. You will be told the topic and the year group. When planning this, don’t over-complicate it: the panel want to see that you have some idea of the ways in which children learn, and that you can interact effectively with them. Your pre-interview research will be very useful here.

You might be asked to participate in a group discussion or task with other candidates – if so, remember that the panel is looking not just for how much you know, but how well you work with others as a team.

In the interview itself, give examples to back up your answers. These could come from what you have read or seen when in a school.

Fees and Funding

Through this route you will pay tuition fees as you would through a provider led PGCE, and the normal bursaries The fees and funding arrangements for School Direct trainees can be found on the UEA’s Primary and Secondary fees and finance pages.

Further Information

To view the UEA PGCE Teacher Training prospectus please click here

The following links will enable potential trainees to access more information about teacher training:

Get Into Teaching

How to apply for Teacher Training 

Search for teacher training

Get school experience

UEA Teacher Training

If you would like to discuss this training route further please contact either UEA PGCE Admissions Team by email or telephone: +44 (0)1603 592855

Alternatively, please contact Ignite Teaching School us using the details shown below.