Teacher Training

Hadleigh High School is part of a consortium of schools which offer secondary teacher training across Suffolk and Norfolk through School Direct, an innovative school-based teacher training route where trainees work alongside highly experienced classroom practitioners and spend a greater proportion of their training in school.

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a relatively new path into teaching and is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher.  It allows those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years to combine teacher training with actually doing and learning on the job.

School Direct Routes:

The new School Direct routes allow schools to be at the heart of the teacher training process. There are two versions of the programme, Schools Direct Tuition (non-salaried) and Schools Direct (Salaried). In both cases, schools request training places, recruit trainees and form a partnership with a training provider such as the Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teaching Training Programme.

At present Hadleigh High School is involved in the Schools Direct Tuition (non- salaried) route into teaching.

About the programme

Schools Direct Tuition will lead to QTS, PGCE and credits towards Masters. Training will be delivered by University of East Anglia in conjunction with the schools in the consortium.

How is the programme organised?

This is a one-year, full time training programme starting in September and finishing at the end of June. About 70% of the time is spent in schools so that you gain a good understanding of how schools work and are fully prepared to take on your first teaching job after successful completion of the training year. 

Where does training take place?

During the year you will be placed in one of our Alliance Schools where you will work with secondary age pupils. The first school placement takes place in the autumn term and the second school placement in the spring and summer terms. Throughout the programme you will attend curriculum subject training days as well as Professional Development training days. UEA tutors and experienced teaching staff from the partnership will deliver these training days.

What will I do during the training?

As well as specific training in your subject and professional training sessions you will at the start of your training in your placement school carry out focused observation of lessons. Gradually you will progress from observing other teachers to working with small groups of pupils in a lesson and then planning and teaching your own lessons. You will receive informative guidance and constructive feedback from your tutors and mentors and you will be supported to reflect critically on what you do.


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