Train to Teach
Woodlea Primary School offers teacher training through our School Direct courses, which are designed as school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) routes and are a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.
Our School Direct courses last a year and result in qualified teacher status (QTS). On completion, you will be awarded, or given the opportunity to undertake a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and /or Master’s-level credits depending on whether you take the salaried or unsalaried route.
If you’ve been working for three years or more and like the idea of School Direct, but want to earn a salary, School Direct (salaried) is available exclusively for you. Otherwise, you can elect to take the unsalaried route but you may also be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for financial support, such as student loans.
Our School Direct Programme is provided through the South East Learning Alliance (SELA) of which we are a member school. Training within our Alliance gives you the unique opportunity to experience a broad range of teaching environments, with all our schools providing the highest quality teaching and learning for their students and the trainees they are supporting and developing. The Alliance comprises a range of comprehensive secondary and primary schools, all working in partnership to help produce high quality and well-trained teachers of the future.
You’ll train in at least two schools in the Alliance and can specify your preference of lead school, should it be Woodlea or one of the others in the alliance. You will get the chance to learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses.
For comprehensive information about the School Direct programme, the South East Learning Alliance and what Woodlea offers, please view our brochure below.
General Information about Teaching