School Direct and Initial Teacher Training

The Aspirer School Direct course really prepares you for the challenges you will face as a teacher due to the amount of time you spend in the school environment. The training school is also linked to the Research School so you are being trained on all the new and up and coming research into teaching that you get to use in your own practice when in your placement schools. I thoroughly enjoyed my teaching training in this supportive and fun environment!’ 
Jess (2018 Graduate)

Why choose School Direct with us?

School Direct is a way of training teachers, which puts schools at the heart of the process.

The Aspirer Teaching Alliance, in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, have designed a programme for the initial training of both Primary and Early Years teachers which is school based. 

You won't be a student; you'll be an Associate Teacher, working in the classroom alongside the teacher in one of our core alliance schools, taking on some of the roles of a class teacher from the start.

Successful completion of the course will award you a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters Credits.                                            

School Direct provides the ideal balance of practical experience and solid pedagogy. As a career changer with little school experience, it left me confident in the classroom, not just with day to day teaching but with being responsible for 30 little lives day to day. As a learning junkie, the Aspirer Teaching School equipped me with the very latest research based knowledge, skills and approaches. The perfect balance.

(Rebecca, 2018 Graduate)


You will:

  • spend the entire year learning how to teach in a real classroom;
  • work towards being an outstanding teacher; 
  • have experience of working in two contrasting schools and key stages over the course of the year;
  • be mentored by your Learning Coach, who will be an experienced, expert and outstanding teacher;
  • have a good expectation of employment in an Alliance school at the end of the course;
  • follow a rigorous but rewarding programme of professional development;
  • have lots of opportunity to collaborate with other Associate Teachers.
  • have access to the most up to date research evidence through the Aspirer Research School

To apply please click HERE and you will be taken to information about the courses that we run Primary (5-11), Primary Early Years (3-7) and Primary (5-11) Physical Education Specialism.  Click on "Recruitment and Selection" on this page for lots of helpful information that you will need before you apply.

For more information, to arrange a chat, visit one of the schools or arrange some school experience before applying, please contact Mark Avis (Aspirer School Direct Programme Leader) on or telephone 01625 383075.