Our School Direct training course is ideal for trainees who are looking for hands-on in-school training, learning from teachers who deliver lessons every day.

School Direct Training at Hatton Teaching School Alliance is led by Sir Christopher Hatton Academy, who are proud to be Wellingborough’s first high performing converter academy, awarded Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2015. Our sustained success is based on our mission to aim for excellence in all that we do and encourage others to do the same.

The academic elements of the training course are provided by either the University of Leicester or the University of Northampton. The University sessions are taught by experienced academics, who are leaders in their field, combining teaching experience with leading academic and pedagogic knowledge.

Primary and Secondary PGCE

As a trainee on our Primary School Direct programme you will feel part of the school community from the start of your training to the end. The course gives you the training and experience necessary to achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), giving you the best possible balance of academic and on-the-job in-school training.

The course runs for one-year and as well as developing knowledge of academic principles and theories behind teaching, it also develops subject based knowledge through University taught modules. This combines with practical teaching experience in at least two different settings, allowing you to learn both from experienced academics and experienced teachers.

You will be allocated a school-based mentor who will ensure that you feel supported during your training, and gives you a point of contact and a point of reference during your training.

We hold regular meetings with all our School Direct trainees, giving them the opportunity to compare experiences, and learn from other trainees during the year, who may be in different schools or teaching a different age group to you.

Our school-based professional tutor provides a comprehensive in-school training programme, covering a range of issues, including lesson structure and marking, but also wider issues such as e-safety and anti-bullying and how they will impact on your practice.

Our School Direct trainees have consistently high rates of employment and have found us to be supportive and friendly during their intensive training year. By the end of the course you will not only be awarded Qualified Teacher status, but will also be fully prepared to join the teaching profession in your Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) year.