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School Direct

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Become a teacher with the Rivers Teaching School Alliance

The Rivers Teaching Alliance offers a (non-salaried) one year Full-Time School Direct programme or a two year Part-Time School Direct Programme in Primary teaching in collaboration with Haybridge SCITT.


What Is School Direct?

School Direct is a school based teacher training programme where you become an Associate Teacher in a school from the very first day of your training.


Why train to teach with the Rivers Teaching School Alliance?

We can offer excellent training which will enable you to put theory into practice, to gain confidence with increasing classroom experience and to benefit from the skills of experienced and successful practitioners within forward thinking schools within our Alliance.


What can the Rivers Teaching School Alliance offer you?

  • Teaching placements across a range of schools in our Alliance
  • Trained mentors in each school to support every aspect of your professional development
  • Regular meetings with other Associate Teachers working within the Alliance
  • Regular pedagogical training sessions
  • Opportunities to visit a range of specialist settings across the Alliance such as a Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) and Special School
  • Opportunities to experience cross phase training experiences within the Alliance
  • Specific focussed professional development opportunities to fully equip you for your first years in the teaching profession
  • The support of a professional  lead mentor


What are we looking for?

We aim to recruit and retain outstanding new entrants to the teaching profession, providing them with the highest quality training which is robust, innovative and informed by the latest research, to meet the needs of our locality.


If you are enthusiastic, ambitious, hard-working and keen to secure outstanding practice – the Rivers Teaching School Alliance will be able to help.


Entry Requirements

Degree Requirements 

All applications are required to hold a UK undergraduate degree or recognised equivalent qualification with a degree classification of 2.2 or higher 

GCSE Requirement

English, Maths and Science GCSE or equivalent, Grade C/4 and above  


Applying to become a teacher with the Rivers Teaching School Alliance

We would recommend that anyone looking to enter teaching through the School Direct route takes the time to visit a primary school to talk this through with a member of the teaching staff.  


Please contact if you wish to arrange this.


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