ITT and School Direct

Applications for School Direct for September 2021-2022 are now open


What is School Direct?

School Direct is an innovative route into teaching which enables schools to take a leading role in initial teacher training through working in partnership with accredited ITT providers. Loreto Grammar School currently has an alliance of 8 secondary schools and works in partnership with 2 university providers – Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester.
Successful completion of School Direct leads to a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Manchester University offers additional M-Level credits which can be used towards a Master’s Degree, should you wish to do additional training at a later date.
Loreto Grammar School offers School Direct places in the following subjects at our alliance schools in the Trafford area: Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, MFL (French with Spanish or German), Physics, Religious Education.
As with most school-centred initial teacher training programmes, there is a possibility that successful trainees will then go on to work in one of the schools in which they were trained – although this is not guaranteed.
Why choose Loreto?
Loreto Grammar School is an over-subscribed, voluntary-aided selective girls’ grammar school with academy status. Our students are in the top 50% of the ability range in and beyond Trafford.
We ensure that all of our trainees have a solid foundation upon which to build their teaching career at secondary level. We hope that our friendly and supportive ethos combined with high quality training from our committed and experienced subject mentors will ensure that you become a confident and well-rounded teacher.   
We aim to offer you as wide a teaching experience as possible within your year as a trainee teacher. Our alliance schools have been carefully selected to ensure that they provide you with a broad range of teaching experiences whilst working alongside some truly outstanding teachers.
School Direct is supported by a broad programme of professional development seminars, covering a range of whole school issues.
Our training includes:
  • Observation of outstanding lessons
  • Support from outstanding teachers
  • Trained Subject Mentors
  • Quality assurance across the alliance
  • A wide range of professional development opportunities
  • Unique opportunity to visit special schools
  • Our Professional Mentor has many years' experience in running School Direct
Interested in School Direct?
If you are interested in the School Direct programme for 2021-2022, you should:
  • Check that you meet the university requirements for your chosen HE provider, subject and phase.
  • Visit the websites of our alliance schools for more information.
  • Complete an application form on the UCAS website.
Interviews will take place at the lead school, Loreto Grammar School. If you have any questions regarding our secondary training programmes please feel free to contact our Professional Mentor, Ariadne Baker:
Successful applicants will begin their training in September 2021 with our excellent induction programme. 
Subjects on offer - listed by University Provider:
Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Computer Science
  • Religious Education

The University of Manchester

  • Chemistry
  • Business with economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • MFL (French with German or Spanish)
  • Physics

Affiliated Secondary Schools - Listed by University Provider:

Manchester Metropolitan University / Manchester University

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For further details of School Direct, including tuition fees and bursaries, visit the Department of Education website:
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