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School Direct: Work in Partnership with Middlesex University

Choose to train your School Direct teachers with Middlesex University's innovative and highly successful School Direct programme.

Typically 70% of our trainees were graded 'outstanding' and 30% as 'good' by the end of their training. This is a result of the rising profile of grades that has been seen across the Middlesex ITT partnership for all primary and secondary ITT courses.

We have fully embraced School Direct as being a 'school-led' initiative. There are many reasons why you should choose Middlesex University but probably the main one is that we genuinely work in partnership with our school alliances. This means that together, we train the teachers of the future that will hopefully become qualified staff in your schools.

As well as sharing the training of the teachers with our schools, we are able to charge fees at a very competitive rate given that the trainees can also get M level (Level 7) credits during their training year through completion of the PG Cert Teaching which counts towards a third of one of our MA education programmes.

Key highlights

High quality integrated and innovative training programme

Your trainees will have Central Training led by a team of University Senior Lecturers (Practice) and expert Practising Teachers and Senior Professionals. Central training sessions take place at our Hendon campus alongside those provided for our PGCE courses.

  • Secondary trainees attend on Mondays during the autumn term and then fortnightly for the remainder of the training year. We can offer most secondary subjects.
  • Primary trainees attend on Wednesdays during the autumn term and then fortnightly for the remainder of the year.
  • School-based training will need to be arranged within the School Direct alliance and hosting schools that you choose to work with throughout the year. Middlesex University has been working with alliance leads to facilitate the integration of central and school based training programmes.

Dedicated programme leader

Both the Primary and Secondary School Direct programmes have a programme leader who will provide tailored support for all participating schools and trainees. This is in addition to the support provided by the team of ITT practitioners within the Education department.

Integrated Masters level study led by the University team and supported by schools

Your trainees will end their training year with QTS and 60 credits that can be used towards a Master's degree. This is through award of the PG Cert Teaching for successful trainees.

Excellent value for money

We provide the programme at a very competitive rate which includes:

  • The postgraduate award
  • The University administration and training for QTS
  • DBS and Occupational Health Checks
  • Qualification checks
  • Admissions support.

The NCTL has made it clear that they will prioritise alliances or clusters of schools with five or more partner schools with some exceptions to this rule for alliances with special school members. Any schools that would like to have School Direct trainees but at the moment do not belong to an alliance or cluster of schools, should get in touch with the Head of Initial Teacher Training (ITT), Dr Victoria Brook at Middlesex University, who will put you in touch with one of our existing alliances.

We would be delighted to welcome our regular alliances as well as new ones into our partnership.

Further information

For more information, please contact Dr Victoria Brook, Head of ITT  or Dr Debbie Jack, Head of Education.

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