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School Direct is, just as the name suggests, a direct route into teaching. At Meryfield Community Primary School we are offering the opportunity to train as a teacher with the School Direct Salaried Programme.

The features of this programme are as follows:

  • It is directed towards high quality graduates with three or more years of career experience.
  • The trainee will be employed as an unqualified teacher but, at Meryfield, will not have a whole class responsibility.
  • The trainee will be  enrolled as a part-time postgraduate student at the University of Hertfordshire
  • At the end of the programme, if successful, the trainee will gain 30 credits at Masters level and will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.
  • The school will, if possible, continue to employ the trainee once they have qualified although this cannot be guaranteed.
  • The University of Hertfordshire will be accountable for the quality of the training and ensuring the training meets, and continues to meet, the ITT criteria.

Meryfield is a very diverse school and, although English is the main language spoken, thirty nine other languages are spoken by our children and their families. We are proud of our diversity and believe that the achievements, attitudes and well-being of every pupil and family matter.

The Headteacher and senior leadership team place a high importance on continuous professional development for all their staff and provide a programme of specific in-house training linked to the school’s development plan, as well as staff having opportunities to attend specific courses linked to their individual needs. The school is very much part of the local community and is well supported by parents/carers and governors.

Over a number of years we have established a successful working partnership with the University of Hertfordshire and have been praised by the University’s Visiting and Moderating Tutors for the quality of our mentoring, training and the overall support we provide for trainees on the School Direct programme and for NQTs.

Our professional mentor is the Deputy Headteacher, an experienced practitioner, who has developed the school’s ITT policy. She is non- class based so she can actively develop high quality teaching and learning throughout the school and liaises closely with the team of teacher mentors who are themselves experienced practitioners and have had training in mentoring. Together, the professional mentor and team of mentors, assure high quality training for students.

Meryfield recently achieved the Inclusion Quality Mark and the visiting inspector commented on our professional development programme and on the high quality of support and guidance the school offers to students and NQTs, as well as its ongoing coaching programme for all staff.

As a result of Meryfield’s excellent track record in initial teacher training (ITT), we were one of the first 100 schools, chosen by the Teachers Development Agency, to be a Lead School in the School Direct Programme.

This year we are offering one place on the School Direct Salaried programme 2014/15 Successful applicants will follow a PGCE with QTS course and be trained predominantly within our school environment.


Benefits of School Direct Salaried:

  • You can apply to more than one school.
  • You will be able to train in schools with a great deal of experience of ITT.
  • You can expect to spend the majority of your time training in the classroom, mentored by skilled practitioners.


To be an outstanding teacher takes energy, commitment and dedication. If you feel ready to train within the fast-paced, professional environment of a busy school, then the School Direct route may be the best choice for you.

If you share our commitment to excellence, then please look at the School Direct and University of Hertfordshire’s websites for further information.


University of Hertfordshire gives detailed information on School Direct. If you click on the link below it opens with a page entitled School Direct and has six tabs to open and the following ones listed below will be most useful and relevant to you:


School Direct information

School Direct entry requirements

Passing your skills tests

School Direct routes

About our School Direct partnership schools


School Direct:

If you need to verify equivalency of overseas qualifications, please refer to the link to NARIC


How to apply:


All Applicants for the School Direct Salaried place at Meryfield Community Primary school must apply directly to UCAS Teacher Training http/ /  (to ensure you access the correct advice, guidance, search tools, and Application system).  and not the school. Unfortunately, due to the high demand for places, the school will not be able to respond to individual enquiries about the programme. Please ensure UCAS has received your application by *Date to be confirmed*


Selection for interview will be based on the following criteria:

·         qualifications

·         previous experience in school

·         three years’ experience in a career/valid work

·         registered and booked skills test

·         quality of personal statement

·         quality of written English on statement



If selected the interview will include the following:

·         lesson observation

·         interaction with a small group of pupils

·         either a group presentation or discussion

·         formal 30 minute interview


Interviews are to be confirmed.


Mrs Rosemarie Alexander





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