The School Direct Programme

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School Direct


The White Rose Alliance School Direct programme is full time over the academic year (September - June). Each WRA course is run in conjunction with a university partner who accredits the programme and successful trainees will be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status and credits towards a Masters award in the future.

Trainees are primarily school based but will be required to attend their course university regularly. Requirements for university attendance differ for each university but as a general guideline will involve 1 day per week at university.

Trainees will complete two placements at contrasting White Rose Alliance partner schools. Trainees will also be required to undertake a 5 day Primary School experience. The timings for the secondary and primary placements varies between university partners. 

Trainees will access a comprehensive and diverse range of training opportunities through weekly Professional Studies sessions at King James´s School (Wednesday mornings Sep- Feb) as well as a series of School Experience days in WRA partner schools throughout the year. The School Experience days focus on a range of educational areas and contexts such as assessment for learning, English as an additional language, tracking pupil progress, Behaviour management techniques, the work of the Special Needs department, enrichment opportunities and pastoral roles and responsibilities. Further developmental training will be provided during university sessions & trainees are also welcome to attend relevant in-house staff continuing professional development sessions held weekly after school at King James´s School (attendance at these sessions is optional).

All trainees will be invited to a White Rose Alliance pre-induction event at King James´s School in the July prior to the start of their course as well as other pre-course White Rose Alliance and university events. The induction enables the trainee cohort to get to know one another, obtain key pre-course information and most importantly, to start planning for the start of their course. 

Trainees are very well supported during their course by school based (mentors, lead co-ordinators and department staff), university and White Rose Alliance staff.

The tuition fee for the WRA School Direct course is available on respective university partner websites. Participants will be able to access student loans, and depending on subject and grade of degree, may be eligible for a bursary.