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School Direct 2017-8

The North Star Teaching Alliance is delighted to be working in partnership with Leeds Trinity University to offer unsalaried early years and primary training places on the 2017-18 School Direct programme.

Our School Direct programme offers you an initial teacher education opportunity of outstanding quality, training as part of an inspirational learning community on a journey to achieve a national reputation for excellence in teaching and learning.

Applications for School Direct are made on-line via UCAS. Applications may be submitted from late October.


For secondary School Direct courses, please contact the White Rose Alliance.

What is School Direct? 

School Direct is a school-led teacher training programme that allows trainees to learn from experienced and inspirational teachers working in schools within the North Star Teaching School Alliance. Students will have the advantage of learning on the job, but will be well supported by a dedicated team of teachers and University trainers, who will guide them every step of the way.

It is a full-time, one-year course, during which students will complete academic assignments, gain subject knowledge and apply their understanding of child development in class, leading to a PGCE with QTS. School Direct offers the same academic rigour as university-led courses and students are eligible for a training bursary and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.

Our programme

North Star has over 50 primary schools, ranging from town schools to tiny village schools, faith and community schools, nursery and forces schools and spreading from Northallerton down to Selby, Ripon across to Pickering. The partnership is led by Meadowside CP School, judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2012 and designated as a National Teaching School, and St Mary’s RC Primary School, Malton, judged Outstanding in 2011 and also a National Teaching School.  Trainee teachers will receive training one day per week at our local hub from Leeds Trinity and North Star practitioners and will spend four days per week in at least two contrasting schools.

All partner schools are committed to supporting entrants to the profession and sharing with trainee teachers their expertise, skills and passion with the aim of improving outcomes for children by fostering the best teachers for the future.

For more detailed information about participating schools check out their websites:

Meadowside Community Primary School

Selby CP School

Nun Monkton Foundation Primary School

Forest of Galtres Anglican Methodist Primary

South Kilvington CE primary

Knayton CE Primary School

Marton -cum-Grafton CE School

All Saints RC Primary, Thirsk

Romanby Primary

Roecliffe CE Primary

Sutton on the Forest Primary School

St. Joseph’s RC primary School

St. Marys RC Primary School

Carlton Miniott CP School

Fairburn Primary School

Husthwaite CE Primary School

Cawood CE Primary School

The Dales School

Knaresborough St. John’s Primary School

Aspin Park Primary School

Great Ouseburn CP School

Hensall CP School

Kirkbymoorside CP School

Sheriff Hutton Primary School

Sowerby CP School

Huby CE Primary School

St Wilfrid’s RC Primary School

Scotton Lingerfield Primary School

St Peter’s RC Primary School, Scarborough