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Train to be a Secondary School Teacher

The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance (Silverdale School as Lead School), in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, is pleased to offer School Direct places for Initial Teacher Training.

Our training will provide trainees with a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) including 60 Masters’ credits or Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) including 120 Masters' credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Places are available in an excellent and varied network of schools across Sheffield. The schools who are partnered with the Alliance will offer high quality training for trainees who wish to train to teach in a Secondary Phase setting. Our training programmes take place within our collaborative and supportive network of schools where you will gain experience in two contrasting schools and a variety of educational settings. The School Direct training programme has been developed in close collaboration with the universities and there are two clear strands to the programme: academic study and classroom practice.

This school based training ensures you feel part of the teaching staff from the beginning of the academic year and you will be supported throughout your training by a subject specific mentor in school.  Each school has a specialised programme of training put in place by a senior mentor which is designed to complement academic input but also to utilise the expertise and strengths of the staff and schools in the alliance. 

Applications are open for our School Direct Programmes and should be made via the UCAS Teacher Training application scheme.