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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 Hull SCITT.  We have a strong track record of providing high quality teacher training and school experience and many current Marvell staff trained with us. 

So what is School 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 2019-20 through Hull SCITT:  Biology, Chemistry, Computing, D&T, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Mathematics (salaried), Modern Languages (French, Spanish), Music, Physics, Physical Education, Religious Education. 

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.    Many of our current staff are former School Direct trainees who trained with us, some of whom are now in leadership positions.  

What does our School Direct Course include?

Each week you will attend Professional Studies in our training room.  This programme covers essential aspects of generic pedagogy and education issues.  Each week you will also have a mentor hour with a subject specialist as well as receiving other guidance and support from your host teachers and departmental colleagues.  There is also a Subject Knowledge and Pedagogy (SKAP) programme that runs throughout the year to ensure that you gain all the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver and assess your subject across the 11-16 age range.  

The course also includes two school placements, Hull SCITT tutor visits and support, Hull University tuition and support for PGCE assignments, TEEP training and visits to primary and special schools. 

All school-based training uses practical scenarios and provides a range of teaching tools for the classroom. We believe in a gradual and supportive introduction to teaching and so the expectation for teaching hours increases in a phased and planned way as the year progresses.  

How to apply:

Visit our School Direct website for more details: or contact Kerry Kirby on 01482 808807 or

You can search for courses using the Department for Education’s Get into Teaching website - https://getintoteaching.educat....  This site includes a search facility for teacher training courses – just search for ‘St Mary’s College’ to find our courses.  Make a note of the course code so you can use it to apply via UCAS.

You have to apply via UCAS - .  Again, you just need to search for ‘St Mary’s College Hull’ or our provider code which is 1RU 

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?

As well as the essential entry requirements explained above, we are also looking for good literacy & numeracy, and strong interpersonal and communication skills. You need to be well organised, confident, use your initiative, be self-motivated, show perseverance and be resilient. The ability to work within a team is important and some recent and relevant school-based experience is vital. The quality of school experience is more important to us than the length of 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 for 2018-19 are:

Thurs 20th September 2018

Fri 12th October 2018

Thurs 8th November 2018

Mon 19th November 2018

Tues 4th December 2018

Wed 23rd January 2019

Wed 27th February 2019

Tues 19th March 2019

Wed 24th April 2019


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 lecturers.

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 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 my placement 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.

1st / 2.1 / 2.2 / PHD / Masters
Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Languages, Computing, Geography, Classics £26K
Mathematics (plus Early-career payments of £10K) £20K
English £15K
D&T, History £12K
Music, R.E. £9K
Primary Maths (if you have at least a B at A level) £6K
Early Years, General Primary, P.E. 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.

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