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School Direct Teacher Training

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At The Marvell College we have exciting opportunities for you to train to become a qualified teacher through School Centred Initial Teacher Training in partnership with St. Mary’s College and Kelvin Hall School. Over the past year every trainee has gained employment either at The Marvell College or St. Mary’s College.

So what is Schools Direct? It is a 100% school based route to Qualified Teacher Status. It incorporates the best elements of the PGCE and employment based routes and leads to the PGCE (Masters Level) qualification and QTS.

Training places are available for 2018-19 through Hull SCITT Biology, Chemistry, Computing, D&T, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Mathematics (salaried), Modern Languages (French, Spanish), Music, Physics, Religious Education WHAT ARE WE OFFERING AT TMC?

Why The Marvell College?

We are a school who have continually improved pupil progress over the past three years and have a progress score of above local and national average. We work in partnership with St. Mary’s College who are well above national average for progress 8. Our training programme track record is very successful with 100% of trainee passing as good or better. 

What does our School Direct Course include?

Professional Studies training programme – weekly, Subject knowledge and pedagogy programme – monthly, Mentor hour – weekly, Host teacher support – teaching timetable, Two school placements, Hull SCITT tutor visits and support, University tuition and support for PGCE assignments, All school-based training uses practical scenarios and teaching tools for the classroom. A gradual phased and supportive introduction to teaching.

How to apply:

Apply via UCAS - will open 26th October 2017, search for ‘St Mary’s College Hull’ on UCAS Search facility

Two references are needed and you will be required to complete an internal literacy & numeracy audit through St. Mary’s. There will be a GCSE/A-level/Degree certificate check and the first round of interviews in November/ December. Finally, you will be required to complete the professional ITT skills tests.

What are we looking for?

Essential entry requirements as discussed above. Good literacy & numeracy, personal skills – communication is vital. You need to be well organised, confident, use initiative, self-motivated, show perseverance and resilience. The ability to work within a team is important and relevant school-based experience. The quality of school experience is more important to us than the time you have spent in schools. We want you to be interactive, reflective and analytical about what you see in the classroom.

School experience days can be booked through Kerry Kirby on 01482 808807 or e-mail

School Experience Days:

The Marvell College experience days are:

  • Wednesday 25th October 2017
  • Tuesday 8th November 2017
  • Wed 29th November 2017
  • Mon 22nd January 2018
  • Wed 21st February 2018
  • Tues 20th March 2018
  • Mon 9th April 2018
  • Tues 15th May 2018
  • Tues 12th June 2018


Hayley Grieves 

I began working at The Marvell College in February 2015 through a supply agency. It was my intention to gain experience in a secondary school setting before beginning a PCGE through a local college, partnered with a University. At the time, I was unaware of the School Direct route into teaching until Marc Cooper (Head teacher of The Marvell College) brought it to my attention.

The more I looked into it, the more it seemed like this course was for me. It is a ‘learn on the job’ type of course, with dedicated support of current classroom teachers ranging from recently qualified to those with decades of experience, school leaders, pastoral staff and University lectures.

I decided to apply for the salaried route after 1 year of working as an unqualified teacher in the Science department at The Marvell College. All staff and students already saw me as a full-time classroom teacher and around the college I had begun to be coached through the responsibilities I would gain as a teacher once I was to be fully qualified. For example, having my own tutor group, leading extra-curricular activities and being on duty around the college.

Choosing the School Direct route into teaching enabled me to immediately put what I was learning into practice in the classroom. With the support of the schools and the excellent mentors they provide, I have worked my way through my personalised targets and have been able to see how my development as a teacher has impacted positively on the students’ progress in my lessons. The experience I have gained through the School Direct course, I feel has truly prepared me for a successful career in teaching.

DFe Bursaries are available for some subjects as shown in the table below: 

1st/PHD 2(i) (and Masters) 2 (ii)
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Languages, Computing, Geography, Classics £26K £26K £26K
Mathematics (plus Early-career payments of £10K) £20K £20K £20K
English £15K £15K £15K
D&T £12K £9K 0
History, Music, R.E. £9K £4K 0
Primary Maths £6K £6K £6K
Primary 0 0 0

DFE Bursaries of £12k or less are paid in 10 monthly instalments from October to July. For those receiving £15k or over, additional payments are paid in February and July.