Aspirational Teaching Alliance
'Aspire to Inspire and Succeed’
Aspirational Teaching Alliance: St. Helens
School Direct Programme 2016/17
What is School Direct?
School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) scheme, run by a partnership between a lead school, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider (Liverpool Hope University). We have 8 schools in our Aspirational Teaching Alliance (Hope Academy as the lead school) with a range of multi-faith, catholic, community and one sixth-form college.
School Direct is a one year full-time route into teaching, leading to PGCE, Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and Masters credits. Assessment is continuous throughout the course through the development of a portfolio of evidence of teaching practice and includes academic components through Liverpool Hope University.
The Aspirational Teaching Alliance St. Helens offers the non-salaried School Direct Training Programme. This is open to all graduates who possess a good quality degree in a National Curriculum or relevant applied discipline, plus grade C or above in GCSE (or equivalent) in English and Maths. You will pay tuition fees (£9,250) and may be eligible for a bursary from the Teaching Agency.
The 2016/17 bursary information can be found here:
Why Choose the Aspirational Teaching Alliance?
We aim to provide our aspiring teachers with the unique opportunity to develop into successful leaders of learning. We are incredibly passionate and committed in providing our students with a high quality education which enables them to thrive, both academically and spiritually. You will work alongside like-minded individuals and join us in our journey to outstanding as well as developing your own continual professional development. Our staff are eager to guide new members of staff in developing themselves as professionals so they can experience a truly rewarding career choice.
Hope Academy, a joint Catholic and Church of England Academy situated in Newton-le-Willows, is the lead school of the Aspirational Teaching Alliance and sponsored by Liverpool Hope University. Our Alliance has brought together a wide variety of schools so that your training experience will be a comprehensive one. It draws on the strengths and high achievements of our schools covering all key stages so that you will be fully qualified, prepared and equipped to contribute to educational improvement and school leadership as your own career develops.
As a training provider, we work in close partnership with Liverpool Hope University and several secondary schools across St. Helens to ensure that we provide stimulating and challenging training to all of our aspiring teachers. Our School Direct Teacher Training programme has been carefully planned to ensure that you receive a personalised experience, drawing on your own knowledge and experience so that you are the driver of your own success and the success of the students you teach.
Our Alliance Schools
We have 40 training places available from September 2017 (across the Alliance) in the following subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English, History, R.E, Business Studies, MFL and Geography.
All applications should be made via the UCAS website: www.ucas.com. Apply from October 2016 for September 2017 start. Hope Academy (lead school) will be responsible for the recruitment process.
Once selected, trainees will work in schools within the alliance. They will train in the classroom supported by qualified teachers and mentors and will also spend time studying at Liverpool Hope University as they progress towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and PGCE.
Applicants are required to meet the following LHU entry requirements before being accepted onto the School Direct Programme:
- Honours degree 2:2 or above (or equivalent) incorporating at least 50% of your specialist subject
- Grade C in English, mathematics and science at GCSE (or equivalent)
- Relevant mainstream school observations
- Knowledge of the national curriculum
- The ability to communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in spoken and written Standard English
- It is a government requirement that applicants take the numeracy and literacy skills tests as part of the application process. Applicants must ensure they have passed them both before the start of the course.
- Any offer of a place on the programme is made conditional on satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formally the Criminal Records Bureau – CRB) and a satisfactory Fitness to Teach Declaration.
If you have any questions or queries regarding the School Direct Programme, contact us via:
Phone/Fax: 01744 671930/01744 671931