School Direct

Thinking of becoming a teacher?

Looking to train in Shropshire?

As well as deciding which age group and subject you would like to teach, you can choose from various types of teacher training courses depending on your qualifications, experience, and where you want to train. Before you decide which route into teaching you want to take, you should find out about the common factors that apply across all teacher training courses through this link. If you want your training to be based at a school where you can be fully immersed in the life of a teacher from day one, a school-led training course is for you. You’re selected by the school and are based there during your training. There are specific options available within school environments, such as the School Direct Training Programme, School Direct Training Programme (salaried) or school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT). These courses are taught on the job with the support of experienced teachers. Lectures or discussions that cover the same material as college-based or university courses make up part of these programmes. The Marches School is a lead school for School Direct and has over twenty years of experience in teacher training, offering innovative, successful programmes in all subjects and primary education. The Marches School is currently in partnership with Edge Hill University but from 2018 we will be working with  the University of Chester for School Direct. However all training and school based learning is delivered locally in Shropshire.


The University of Chester has been making history since 1839, it is one of the oldest higher education systems in the country. It is a member of the Russell Group which represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector.

A world class education system requires world class teachers and this unique programme sets out to address this challenge. School Direct is a response to what schools have asked for: more influence and control over the way that teachers are trained. It is a way of ensuring that newly qualified teachers deliver great lessons in schools. School Direct is a way of schools growing their own teachers and future leaders; it can make a key contribution to school improvement strategy and help the continuing professional development of staff.

Can I get financial support?

There is a range of funding options to support you while you train on a SCITT or School Direct course. You can also get up to £30,000 tax-free, depending on which subject you intend to teach.

Tuition fee loan

If you are on a postgraduate teacher training course which is not salaried, you will have to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees vary depending on the course. Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged. This is available through Student Finance England No trainee will need to pay the cost of tuition charges up front. They will only pay once they are in full-time employment and earning above £21,000. You can calculate an estimate of your loan repayments on the GOV.UK website. Eligibility Your tuition fees and any other bursary or financial support depend on your status as a home, European Union (EU) or overseas student. Find out more information about EU or overseas status. All bursaries are subject to conditions and you are not guaranteed funding, but you may be eligible for financial support. Student loan for maintenance Home students in England may also be eligible for a student maintenance loan to help towards accommodation and other living costs. This is available through Student Finance England. More information on the student loan for maintenance can be found on the GOV.UK website

Maintenance grant

Home students in England may also be eligible for a non-repayable maintenance grant. This grant will be means tested and you can apply through Student Finance England. More details about these grants and the funding arrangements for trainees from the EU can be found on the GOV.UK website

Why Train with The Marches?

Why Train with The Marches – School Direct Brochure

Outstanding mentor support

All trainees receive a flexible and bespoke timetable which scaffolds their learning and offers substantial mentoring to ensure that lesson planning and delivery is of the highest standard. Trainees have a professional mentor in school, in addition to a subject mentor, who delivers comprehensive sessions which include differentiation, classroom management, starters and plenaries. They also communicate with the university mentor to ensure that the trainee is fulfilling the demands of the academic course. Once recruited, trainees attend monthly meetings prior to starting the course to ensure they are fully prepared before formal induction.

Bespoke Training Centre

Marches Training has a brand new centre for delivering teacher training. Trainees have a suite of rooms which provide access to IT support, wifi, interactive white boards and kitchen  and common room facilities.

99% employment rate

The trainees receive additional training in placement two to assist with job applications and interview techniques. Marches training works with a network of schools and can introduce trainees to other schools when vacancies arise. All trainees are added to a database and the co-ordinator keeps in regular contact with trainees to offer support during and after they have completed a placement.

First class admin support

Trainees receive a full induction day to the school so that they are fully aware of all the school procedures and are introduced to the staff prior to commencement of the programme. Many of our trainees are invited into school to observe teaching prior to application. Whilst on placement with The Marches or with a partner school, trainees have access to stationery, computers, printing and copying facilities.

Cluster of 21 primary and 10 secondary schools

The Marches School networks with many different schools across Shropshire, Telford and wider afield. For teacher training in particular we have a cluster of 21 primary schools and 10 secondary schools which includes several independent schools. This large cluster means that we can provide a varied training programme, filling any gaps in the existing school experience that trainees have undertaken. We offer placements Key Stage 1 through to Key Stage 5.

State of the art facilities

The training centre offers trainees the very latest technology to practise their skills and the school is well equipped with the most up to date teaching tools.

Wide HEI network

Marches Training has excellent relationships with HEIs and continues to explore new relationships in order to meet the demands of developing outstanding teachers of the future.

Strong community ethos

Trainees regularly comment on the strong community presence within the school on a day to day basis. The training team work with the whole school to provide a valuable experience for trainees ensuring that any development they need can be provided for. Trainees have access to all the professional development that is offered to all staff.

What next?

Call in to our teacher training clinic which is held weekly on a Tuesday afternoon from 17.00-19.00.  Ring us to make an appointment or just pop in for a quick chat.

Contact Us

For more details please contact us

Kate Aspinall
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01691 664455
Helen Lloyd
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01691 664452