APPLICATIONS OPEN - to join us for September 2021

School Direct is the new way to train to become a teacher and at SJP we are recruiting for 2020 now.  We have the following places available for September 2021. Apply Now

Course Code Course Code
Biology 26ZS Business Studies 2TSL
Chemistry 25X2 Computer Science 2TSK
DT 26ZT Drama 2TSJ
English 25WV Geography 26ZW
History 26ZY Maths 2722
Media 2G2K MFL (Spanish) 2726
PE 33ZD Physics 2728
Social Sciences 2G2N RE 2G2M

At SJP  we have been inspiring the next generation of teachers for over 9 years and have been providing Initial Teacher Training to over 40 trainees every year. We work with a wide range of context of schools training primary and secondary teachers in all subject areas.  As one of the top performing schools in the country, our pursuit of excellence is our ethos, based upon the expectation that everyone strives for quality, and we bring that to everything we do.

There is no better place for you to start your teaching career than with us. We work in a friendly, supportive, nurturing and inspiring setting, where you will be valued and treated as an individual. You will feel inspired the moment you walk through the door.  Our Initial Teacher Training takes candidates under School Direct and PGCE programmes. Because our training is school-based, we provide you with practical, job-based learning from the start.  As you are working in a school, you are also much more likely to get a job at the end of your training.  Train with us and we will get your teaching career off to an inspiring start.

School Direct - What is it?

This new path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher.  It allows those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career, to combine teacher training with actually doing and learning on the job.

If you are considering teaching as a career, come and train with our Alliance. We are looking for applications from enthusiastic, well qualified, potential trainee teachers who have a passion for their subject.

Why choose School Direct as a way to train?

  • You will spend more time in school than trainees on a ‘traditional’ PGCE route
  • You will be training alongside outstanding teachers and lead professionals
  • You will receive excellent professional development within our Alliance schools and with the University of Chester
  • You will experience the diversity of excellent education providers in different types of schools with different specialisms within our Teaching School Alliance
  • You will still have access to University facilities e.g. libraries, lectures etc
  • You will gain a PGCE with Masters Accreditation through the University of Chester (which is graded as Outstanding)
  • You will be supported in seeking employment on successful completion of training.
  • There are tax-free scholarships of up to £30,000 for candidates with top degrees in priority subjects (Chemistry, Physics, Maths)
  • There are tax-free bursaries of up to £30,000 for candidates in some other subjects (see table below and click for further details)

You may be eligible for funding. This will depend upon the subject you wish to train to teach and your degree classification. Information about funding, bursaries and scholarships can be found here .... 


The financial offer for 2021/221

Subject Bursary 2 Scholarship 3
Chemistry £24,000 £26,000
Computing £24,000 £26,000
Maths £24,000 £26,000
Physics £24,000 £26,000
Classics £10,000 -
Languages £10,000 -
Biology £7,000 -
  1. Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a tuition fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI). Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. Candidates with overseas degrees may be asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. We can help you with this. Contact us on 0800 389 2500 and we can provide you with guidance on your equivalent qualifications and a free UK NARIC statement of comparability (this usually costs £49.50 plus VAT) once you’ve submitted your application to teacher training, if required by your training provider.  
  2. Bursaries are available to trainees with a first, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.
  3. Trainees in chemistry, computing, maths and physics are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Each of the professional scholarship bodies sets its own eligibility criteria - find out more on the dedicated scholarship pages. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. 


Entry Requirements for Primary School Direct

  • A minimum of 2:1 honours degree
  • At least 5 GCSEs at A*-C grades including English Language, Mathematics and Science. A grade B or above is desirable in English, Mathematics and Science.

A GCSE equivalency qualification may be accepted for those who have not had the opportunity to study Science at GCSE.

Entry Requirements for Secondary School Direct

  • 2:1 degree or above (will accept 2:2 for Chemistry, Maths, MFL and Physics)
  • GCSE A*-C grade in Mathematics and English Language 

You must meet the University’s general entry requirements for PGCE.

Recent school experience e.g. observations, voluntary assistance or learning support in UK schools is desirable for both primary and secondary applicants (see our School Experience provision).

Additional Bursaries
There are additional bursaries for secondary available up to £25,000 through the Institute of Physics and Chemistry. The amount of bursary you will be eligible for depends on the subject you want to teach and your degree class. Scholarships are also available in a number of subjects. 

To see what funding you might benefit from under the Non-salaried route, please go to the postgraduate funding page of the SJP Teaching School Alliance website: www.sjptsa.com.


Your placement will be in either SJP or one of our alliance schools.

It is important that you are able to travel as placements will be in Alliance schools and trainees may also have joint professional development sessions in Alliance schools. Placements will be in schools of contrasting natures and you will have the opportunity to benefit from first-class professional development.

Expectation to Employ

There is an ‘expectation’ (but not a guarantee) of employment on successful completion of the programme within the wider network of schools. You would have to complete a full application process for any vacancy, the same as all other applicants.

Who is it for?

Newly qualified graduates or graduates with recent experience who wish to enter the teaching profession.


The School Direct package is constantly reviewed in order to offer the highest quality experience and a sample of opportunities are listed below:

  • Primary and secondary school experiences prior to the start of the course
  • Enrichment Experiences
  • MA studies based at Chester University
  • School Placements in differing contexts across the alliance
  • Subject studies delivered by lead practitioners, subject leaders & experts from across the alliance;
  • Extended research project (with additional Masters credits);
  • Weekly training opportunities;
  • Networking opportunities with trainees at other schools;
  • Support to secure a position at the completion of the course.

Dates:          September - July
Duration:    11 months
Venue:         SJP or partner schools