Silkstone Primary School

helping children realise their gifts and talents

School Direct

SCHOOL DIRECT offer exciting opportunites for you to undertake teacher training in one of the fantastic schools within the Penistone Pyramid in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.

What is School Direct?
If you have a first degree and would like to take a Post-graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), School Direct allows you to choose the school, or partnership of schools, that you’ll be trained in. This is further supported by training from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). There may be the opportunity to be employed to teach in your training school or another school in the partnership upon successful completion of your PGCE.

How does this differ with other PGCE routes at Sheffield Hallam University?
The main differences are that you choose and apply to a partnership of schools to carry out your training with them. If you’re successful in your School Direct application to a school or school partnership then all of your school-based learning will take place with either that school or other schools in that partnership. On an existing PGCE route you will still complete school-based learning, and these schools will be selected for you by the University, which could be any of our 400 schools in their excellent placement network.

With School Direct, the school or partnership of schools that you’ve applied to are much more involved in your selection, recruitment and professional development as there is a possibility that you will be employed by them once qualified.

School Direct with the Penistone and Area Primary Partnership leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the award of a PGCE from Sheffield Hallam University.

What we are looking for
We are looking to recruit ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about education and have desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the primary age range for September 2015.

Why train with us
The Penistone and Area Primary Partnership is a fantastic place to work and learn. We are an inspirational partnership of nine schools, many of which have achieved Outstanding Ofsted ratings, as has the education programme of its partner university.

The vision, shared by all the schools, is straightforward but powerful – ‘the highest standards of education and care for all’. As part of our vision, we all:
• Prepare our young people to be responsible and ethical global citizens.
• Equip them with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will allow them to develop the creativity, resilience and tenacity to take on the challenges of growing up in the 21st century.
• Create an environment within which staff, pupils and trainee teachers alike feel valued and supported.

Our partnership of schools comprises a mixture of large and small, town and rural, with 4 faith schools. All the schools in the partnership are primary schools. They are conveniently located, which means trainees can engage with more than one school in the partnership.

We provide great opportunities to experience a diverse and contrasting range of teaching and training experiences. Pupils across the partnership are happy, friendly and well-behaved. They are placed at the heart of everything we do. Both staff and pupils are ambitious and confident and many consistently out-perform their national peers and make significantly more progress.

We see our staff as our most valuable resource and have a proven track record in training and professional development at all levels. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.

The schools in the partnership have all worked with trainee teachers for many years and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer to a school community.

You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

What does the School Direct training involve?
As part of the training you will:
• Be supported by outstanding teachers.
• Have a school based mentor and an academic tutor from the University who will be an expert specialist in the field.
• Work with people who are dedicated to your development as a high quality reflective practitioner.
• Gain a PGCE which includes qualified teacher status and can be used as the first third of a master’s degree if you wish to continue with this accredited professional development in the early part of your career.
• Benefit from high quality sessions with other PGCE students at the University where research-informed practice and theoretical underpinning of classroom practice will be shared and critiqued.
• Are on a transformational route which is carefully co-planned between schools involved and the University and builds upon excellent practice already established in the partnership

How do I apply for School Direct?

Should you wish to apply for one of our programmes, we STRONGLY advise you to familiarise yourself with the Skills Tests that you will need to complete successfully as a condition of acceptance on a programme. For further information on the Skills Tests, visit

Funding Bursaries and Scholarships are available for unsalaried School Direct. For the full breakdown of incentives for 2015-16, visit

For further information on School Direct, visit the DfE website:

Entry requirements
• A UK honours degree preferably at classification 2:1 or above or a recognised equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area, though we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.
• GCSE English, Maths and Science at Grade C or above or equivalent. You must have these at the time of applying. For details of GCSE equivalents please contact Sheffield Hallam University on 0114 225 5555
• If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all skills or a TOEFL score of 570 (paper based) or 235 (computer based).
• You must also successfully complete pre-entry tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.
• Normally, evidence of at least 15 days relevant primary school teaching experience in the two years preceding the application. Flexibility may be given to those wishing to pursue a career change.

How we select
We consider each application on its merits. Suitable applicants will be invited to a selection event involving an interview. As you will be working with children, you will be required to complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. The selection process will involve some time spent at one of the partnership schools and will include teaching a 15 minute observed session, short written tests for literacy and numeracy and a personal interview. You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching. Our University partner will be involved and have a say in the selection. Staff from other schools in the partnership will also be involved. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available

Further information on all the partners
Cawthorne Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School
Millhouse Primary School
Penistone St John’s VA Primary School
Silkstone Primary School
Silkstone Common Junior and Infant School
Springvale Primary School and Nursery
Tankersley St Peters CE Aided Primary School
Thurgoland CofE Primary School
Thurlstone Primary School
Hoylandswaine Primary School

Sheffield Hallam University Accommodation Services
Sheffield’s large student population enjoy a lower cost of living than students in most other major cities. Wherever you live, you’ll enjoy a strong sense of community and facilities designed with you in mind.
Accommodation Services offers a friendly free service to help you find the right place to live. We offer various types of accommodation, all located within walking distance of our campuses. We are committed to helping you find accommodation that best suits your needs, tastes and budget.

Sheffield Hallam University Nursery
Sheffield Hallam University has a nursery situated at Collegiate Campus.
The nursery takes children aged six months to five years and offers full day care for 74 children for up to 50 weeks per year.
The nursery’s aim is to support parents by providing a comprehensive service of the highest quality, so that parents can continue their work or studies secure in the knowledge that their children are being cared for in a safe, happy and stimulating environment. The nursery is registered with OFSTED and you can read our latest Inspection Report on the Ofsted website. The nursery is also eligible to receive Nursery Education Grants

Sheffield Hallam University Disabled student support
Our disabled student support service can offer advice and guidance to pre-entry university applicants and current students about the support available, including informal meetings and guidance appointments and provide information and support for students with specific disabilities. For detailed information about the accessibility of our buildings, go to the DisabledGo website. DisabledGo is an award-winning disability organisation that produces detailed online access guides to a wide range of venues.

Contact Sheffield Hallam University
If you’re a prospective student, you can ask us your course and/or study-related questions by emailing or please phone 0114 225 5555

City Campus
Sheffield Hallam University
Howard Street
S1 1WB

Fees and Funding – School Direct Unsalaried route only
Find out about our course fees and how to repay them by visiting
Funding schemes exist to help with some of costs of postgraduate study and further information can be found here.

Further information can be found and here

The Department of Education also provide guidance here

How to find Sheffield Hallam University
We are based in the heart of the country in Britain’s fifth largest city. Major road and rail networks link Sheffield directly with the rest of the country and the city itself is served by excellent bus and supertram services.
We have two campuses located within minutes of each other. Our City Campus is directly adjacent to Sheffield’s central Passenger Transport Interchange at Pond Street, and is a two minute walk from Sheffield’s Midland railway station. There is a taxi rank outside the railway station and the journey time to Collegiate Campus is around 10 minutes.

Study at Sheffield Hallam
If you are applying for courses in conjunction with Sheffield Hallam University the following pages are useful:

For further information and to provide a general overview of Sheffield Hallam visit the University pages on our website. From there you can find out about:
• Our campuses and buildings, and view videos, image galleries and 360 degree tours of facilities
• The Students’ Union and the activities and guidance they offer

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