(Video from explaining what is involved in the ITT application process)

Shireland Teaching School Alliance aims to recruit the very best
trainees for our schools and working with our ITT provider the University of
Warwick provide them with training of the highest quality to equip them to
become outstanding teachers.

There are two separate School Direct training options:

  • School Direct Training Programme is for high-quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one. You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000 to support you while you train.  Tuition fees are payable by the trainee who will be able to access the standard financial package of student support available to all students in England. This includes tuition fee and maintenance loans.
  • School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You will earn a salary while you train


Shireland is an outstanding Academy with an excellent track record in teacher training and staff development.  In choosing to train to teach with the Shireland Teaching School Alliance you will be working in outstanding departments and undergo a tailored professional development programme delivered by outstanding practitioners and education professionals with a national and international reputation.


What We Offer

  • A subject mentor who is an outstanding teacher.
  • A school based professional development programme designed to complement university study, with both general and primary and secondary specific sessions.
  • Opportunities to meet together as a cohort to share experiences and support one another.
  • School Placements in differing contexts across the alliance.
  • Access to outstanding practice in teaching and learning
  • Extended research project (with additional Masters Credits).
  • Access to the Shireland Learning Gateway.
  • All trainees are provided with a laptop for the duration of the training.
  • Trainees who successfully complete the programme will be awarded QTS and a PGCE from the University of Warwick.

Teaching is one of the most rewarding careers one can have. Some would argue that it is a vocation, rather than a job. Embarking on a teacher training course should not be underestimated. Some people in the past have seen coming into teaching as an easy option – ‘those who can do, those who can’t, teach’. The reality of the situation could not be further from the truth. As with all things that are really worth doing in life, learning to teach is very hard work. You will need determination, resilience and be prepared to work long hours, both in the evenings and at weekends. For those people who choose to do it, it is one of the most rewarding ways of spending your working life, and well worth the effort.

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For more information on the University of Warwick and their ITT (Initial Teacher Training) please visit WarwickITT

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