Midland Academies Trust

Train to be a Teacher

The Midlands Academies Trust: 
A great place to train to be a Teacher

The Midland Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust which has the sole aim of   helping partner schools to achieve excellence by working together to benefit local young people and communities.

Over the last two years, the Trust has been working intensively with the University of Warwick to establish Initial Teacher Training programs within the alliance, focussing on the introduction of Schools Direct.  A move away from the traditional PGCE route means that trainees are attached to a school for a whole year, and are home trained to that specific establishments needs.  Now in our third year, we have maintained a 100% success rate with trainees and have seen our intake in with new students steadily increase.  Helen Pipe a humanities specialist, was one of the first to complete the scheme at Hartshill. 

“The course is an excellent way to enter teaching! This is with a full-on experience whilst still gaining the knowledge and understanding of teaching strategies. The course has fully supported me and enabled the transition from student to NQT to fully qualified teacher to be seamless. “

Last year Naomi Robottom completed our second year of trainees, also at Hartshill focussing on Drama.

“I started at Hartshill as a cover supervisor 7 years ago and gradually gained some teaching hours in Performing Arts introducing dance to the school.  After a successful series of teaching observations I was put forward as an ideal candidate for the SD program.  It has given me the opportunity to find my own teaching style and develop new and exciting classroom practice.”

Both are now employed at Hartshill showing the power of the School Direct initiative which has allowed them to follow their paths of becoming outstanding teachers, embedding their beliefs that teaching changes lives.

To train to become a teacher you will need to apply through www.ucas.com - we currently have vacancies in  Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, French, Geography, History, Mathematics and Spanish:  Please click on Table to show the full list of vacancies.

School Direct is an exciting new training route for top graduates and your school will have a job in mind just for you when you finish your training.School Direct – the new way into teaching

School Direct places are available in some of the best primary and secondary schools across England and programmes generally last for one year and financial support is available throughout your training. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). School Direct programmes may also include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

In order to encourage the best people to enter the profession, if you are applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses beginning in 2017 you will need to meet all of the entry criteria.

There are two separate School Direct training options:

School Direct Training Programme

This option is for high-quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one. You may be eligible for a bursary or scholarship to support you while you train. You will need to pay tuition fees to cover the cost of your course. Tuition fees will vary according to the training provider with which your chosen school partners to deliver the programme, but the maximum that can be charged is £9000. All candidates from the EU are eligible for a tuition fee loan. In addition, candidates from the UK can also apply for a means-tested maintenance grant and a maintenance loan.

Gov.uk offers further information about student finance, including a finance calculator to help estimate the grants and loans that may be available to you.

School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

You will be paid a salary by the school in which you train. This salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay ranges if you are employed by a local authority maintained school, or at the advertised rate at an academy. You will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your qualified teacher status (QTS) award and you will not be eligible for a training bursary.

For further information go to  www.education.gov.uk/school-direct where you will be able to access additional information to help you to make the right choice.