Our Lady and St. Hubert's
Catholic Primary School
Ms O. O'Beirne - Principal

Schools Direct

School Direct is the new route into Initial Teacher Training that places the school-based programme at the heart of the experience. For you, this means that your course is based in school for the majority of the time. You will be training in an environment that has an established reputation for excellence in teaching.



SHAPE works in partnership with the University of Birmingham. This means that you will be working with outstanding practitioners in school and benefit from the expertise of an OFSTED rated outstanding HEI provider.


For more information on School Direct – www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options/schooldirect.aspx


SHAPE Teaching School Alliance is led by Our Lady of St Hubert’s Catholic Primary School, an outstanding primary school recognised as a National Teaching School. Teaching Schools are centres of excellence that have a strong track record of collaborative working and are part of the government's plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.


Why choose to train with us?


  • Excellent support and provision to meet the individual needs of our trainees
  • PGCE School Direct delivered in partnership with the University of Birmingham
  • Experienced mentor designated to each trainee throughout the year
  • Opportunity to teach and train in new and successful initiatives


Requirements for the course:


  • Degree class 2:2 or above
  • Maths, English and Science GCSE grade C or above 
  • Sound knowledge of Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 OR Key Stage 1/2
  • Previous experience in school—classroom based (paid or voluntary)
  • A personal statement submitted with application
  • Have passed or have the ability to pass skills test in Maths and English (please provide evidence of having booked a date to take the tests)


     Our Lady and St Hubert’s Teaching School is a member of Teach West Midlands


What do we offer?

We offer The School Direct Tuition Programme for Primary Education. This is open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee.

How long does it take?

This is a one-year course for graduates who wish to undergo Initial Teacher Training (ITT). The course will start in September and be completed by the end of July.

Qualifications Awarded:

Primary Postgraduate Certificate of Education award (Level 7) which has a total of 60 Masters level credits plus a QTS qualification.

Fees and Funding:

The cost of undertaking the programme is £9,000. Once individuals have accepted a place, they can make applications for tuition fee loans through Student Finance England, to cover the cost of their training. Bursaries and Scholarships are also available to eligible individuals to part or fully fund their training.


Full details can be found on the Department for Education website, www.education.gov.uk

Applying for School Direct 2021-22:


All applications need to be made through UCAS. For more information see the following link: http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training/postgraduate-routes-teaching/training-in-schools


For more information on School Direct via Our Lady and St Hubert's, please contact office@st-huberts.sandwell.sch.uk

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