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School Direct - Initial Teacher Training

If you are newly-graduated and would be interested in pursuing a career in teaching, the Wye Valley Federation School Direct route will provide you with an exciting opportunity to attend a school-led training course enabling you to spend the majority of your time training in our successful, innovative schools over the course of a year.  

This route into teaching is for graduates who prefer to study alongside working in the role of a teacher. Each term, you will be placed with an outstanding teacher, enabling you to learn from the very best. You will attend the University of Worcester for approximately 30 days over the year and you will have experience teaching both of our partnership schools.


PGCE award: Students achieving 60 credits at Masters level and meeting the requirements for QTS will be awarded Postgraduate Certificate in Education with QTS. 

Why Train with us? 

The unity of the River Wye Federation combines our unique Church of England Primary Schools; Whitchurch and Weston-under-Penyard. Whilst each school flourishes with individual character, context and community, we share high aspirations for every child, aiming to ‘future-proof’ them with the strength to thrive in a phenomenally fast-moving world.   Our curriculum is innovative and creative, as are our staff, and we look forward to sharing our enthusiasm and expertise with you.


- Support throughout the year from outstanding practitioners 

- You will experience mentoring and coaching to enhance your own teaching skills 

- University of Worcester work closely with us to ensure your training is seamless for the year 

- Working in a variety of schools both within our Federation and across the Wye Valley network of schools in the County.  

Routes offered: 

School Direct (unsalaried) –General Primary 

The School Direct Programme allows schools to recruit and train their own teachers. The course lasts for 1 year and is full time. The 30 contact days will be at The University Of Worcester and the fees will be £9250 a year (£14,100 for international students). Please click here to see the University of Worcester Website for additional Information.  

Entry requirements & Academic requirements 

Honours degree normally (2:2) or higher from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis. 

Grade C/level 4 at GCSE in English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent) (for 2022 entry, applicants must have these qualifications by the start of the course). Alternatively, we offer equivalency Test if you don’t have the required GCSE grade to apply for our courses. Trainees who begin courses before providing evidence of the required GCSE standard (or equivalent) will not be eligible for financial incentives, such as bursaries or grants until they achieve the required standard. 

Additional requirements 

An Enhanced DBS check. You will be sent details of how to apply for your DBS in the summer term. You will need to pay for this.  You may already be part of the DBS update service. Find out about the update service here. As part of the DBS process you will be checked against the Children’s Barred List. 

A check against the Prohibition List. 

If you have lived, studied or worked overseas for three months or more in the last five years a Certificate of Good Conduct from the country of residence will be required. Further information and guidance associated with additional costs are available from the Home Office. 

An online occupational health check. All those on a teacher training programme must be certified as meeting national requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach, as set by the Department for Education. 

International students: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent 

How to apply 

All applications for PGCE should be made via the Government's Find Postgraduate Teacher Training website - Find the link to this website by clicking here