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School Direct

Drop-in Information Sessions
  • Would you like to find out more about how to become a Secondary School Teacher?

  • Would you like to talk to someone face to face?

  • Our information sessions are led by teachers who will be able to give you a real feel for the profession.

  • Drop in any time between 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

 To reserve a place on our Drop-in Session please click here

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Recruitment Events

School Direct Recruitment Events are held periodically throughout the year.  These events involve a presentation from Salop Teaching School Alliance speaking to delegates about provider information, the application process and the role of the alliance and the University of Chester, followed by a question and answer session.  These events are advertised locally but our next event will be organised shortly. 

To book a place please click here

Comments from previous events:-

 ‘Nice atmosphere, relaxed feeling, yet still organised and well presented’

 ‘Presentation was faultless, extremely informative and helpful’

 ‘I have left the session with a considerably greater level of knowledge!  Good pace of delivery, humour etc.  Good session.’


‘Very useful, I will certainly be using the information and resources provided – thank you.


We hold recruitment events periodically throughout the year please visit our website for further news when these will be delivered. 

Why train with us?

The Salop Teaching School Alliance is a Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin based partnership of successful and outstanding secondary schools working in collaboration with both local authorities.

Our vision is to deliver an outstanding school-centred PGCE programme, based in local schools.  Trainees and graduates studying with us will be exposed to the highest quality teaching and learning strategies delivered by leading practitioners building on the latest educational research and national developments.

Our unique combination of secondary schools and sixth form colleges across both local authorities will ensure any trainee will experience teaching in a variety of contexts and key stages.  Thus making them more appealing to future employers.

We are delighted to announce our Initial Teacher Training provider will be the University of Chester. Working in partnership with the University will mean we are able to provide local high quality teacher training, delivered by outstanding practitioners and with placements in successful and outstanding local schools across Shropshire & Telford and Wrekin

University of Chester

Shrewsbury University

Competitive salaries and bursaries

You may receive a bursary or scholarship up to £28,000 whilst you train depending on the subject that you plan to teach.  there are also bursaries associated with Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses which you may be required to study before you commence your teacher training.  Once qualified, you will earn a competitive salary with a generous pension.

Primary School Direct Places

If you are interested in Primary School Direct places, the North Shropshire Teaching School Alliance and the Darwin Learning Partnership lead a partnership of successful and outstanding schools across Shrewsbury and North Shropshire working in collaboration with the University of Chester and the Salop Teaching School Alliance. St. Peter’s CE Primary School, Wem is the lead Teaching School for the primary School Direct programme and Woodfield Infants is the lead school for Early Years, delivering local, high quality training in partnership with other successful Shropshire primary phase schools.

For further information regarding Primary and Early Years School Direct, please visit the below website:

North Shropshire Teaching School

About the programme

Trainees will complete a total of 180 days of training.  120 days will be in the classroom observing and building up to whole class teaching as soon as possible.  The aim of School Direct, as opposed to the conventional PGCE, is that trainees are more quickly immersed in the practicalities of teaching; results in a more confident and competent teacher.

There will be 50 days of professional studies, based around wider educational issues such as Behaviour Management, SEND and Assessment.  These will be delivered one day per week on a rotation basis by highly experienced teachers from schools in our partnership.  This ensures you are developing an understanding clearly based on classroom practice and how educational theory sits within this.  In addition, there will be 10 days of subject based work in your chosen secondary subject.  Some of this will be delivered locally but there will be a number of days where trainees will have to attend Chester University sessions. 

For further information please see the UCAS website below:


Further Information

For more information about the School Direct programme, you can contact us with the details below:


Shirley Milner, School Direct Co-ordinator


Tel: 01743 284053


Katrina Smith, Lead Teacher School Direct


Tel: 01743 284000

To search for information regarding the individual subject courses, please visit the Department for Education website.  Please click HERE to be redirected to their webpage.


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