Applying for a School Direct place



Applications for a place on the WRA School Direct programme should be made through the UCAS Teacher Training single application system. Please note that our School Direct places are limited and we recruit and offer places on a rolling basis. We therefore strongly advise you to submit your application as early as possible; this is particularly crucial for popular subjects such as Physical Education. When we have recruited the number of applicants to our recruitment limits, courses will close.

Each application is scrutinised by the respective university and WRA partner schools. Successful candidates will be invited for interview at King James´s School, Knaresborough.

Interview sessions are arranged as and when applications are received. The format of interview sessions is dependent upon the university linked to the course applied for. However as places are limited the process has to be rigorous & at all interview sessions, candidates will be required to lead a short teaching activity with a small group of students, have a discussion about subject knowledge with a subject specialist, take a subject related or literacy test & participate in a formal interview.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses
Don’t hold back from applying for teacher training in biology, geography, maths, physics, chemistry, computing, design and technology, or a language because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach these subjects (and be eligible for the bursaries they attract) by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement programme.

An outcome from interview can be that you may be asked to undertake an SKE course. We may feel that you have the right qualities to become a teacher, but need to complete additional subject training first. If this is the case, you will be advised that any offer we make you will be conditional upon your completion of a SKE course.

This could be for several reasons, including:

  • your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but is closely related
  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at university
  • you have relevant professional experience, and an SKE course would show you how to apply that to the curriculum and your teaching

SKE courses are fully funded, so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees. More information is available on the DfE Get into Teaching website.

Professional Skills Tests
Successful passing of the Professional Skills Tests in literacy & numeracy is compulsory before commencement of teacher training. 

We strongly recommend that applicants take the teacher training professional skills tests (in numeracy & literacy) as soon as possible. You can apply for to take these as soon as you have applied for teacher training. Unless these tests have been passed before interview, any offer arising from interview will be conditional upon successful passing of these tests (in addition to any other conditions arising from the interview & standard conditions from the university provider).

Applicants are advised to undertake necessary preparation & utilise the practice materials before taking the tests; each test can only be taken a maximum of three times. Unsuccessful candidates are not only ineligible to take up any place on a School Direct course they may be offered, but are prohibited from applying for the tests again for 24 months. Applicants should build in sufficient timescale to ensure any necessary re-takes are able to be taken before conditional offer deadlines.  Applicants should also be aware that appointment times do get booked up towards the summer & candidate preferences for specific dates or locations may not be able to be accommodated.