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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Candidates can apply for a school direct place via the UCAS website

Teacher Training - How it all works 

You can search for the relevant course through the Department for Education website available HERE  The Salop Teaching School Alliance is listed as  ‘The Priory School A Business and Enterprise College, Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9EE (1Q6) as this is the lead school within the Alliance.

We receive your application in school which is then reviewed by senior colleagues from the Salop Teaching School Alliance. We will look at your experience and qualification relevancy and will invite you to interview in school if your application meets our criteria.  If you are unsuccessful at this stage, we will inform you of the decision via the UCAS Track facility.  If you are successful we will invite you to interview at school.  The interview will include a mini teach activity, formal interview, subject knowledge and literacy tests.  The programme will be sent to you in advance and you will have 7 days to respond to the invitation.  Interviews will be staged throughout October to July. 

My degree was gained abroad.  Would I be able to apply for the School Direct programme?

To be eligible your degree must be equivalent to an honours degree.  To check equivalency you can check on the NARIC overseas degree comparison table

NARIC overseas degree comparison table

You may also need to supply a NARIC check of your school certificates if your schooling was carried out overseas.



I may be interested in teaching, but I would like to have some first-hand experience before making an application.

The School Experience Programme (SEP) gives prospective applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) the opportunity to spend one or more observation days in school to gain an insight into the role and responsibilities of a teacher.

The SEP targets high-quality graduates and undergraduates who are interested in teaching maths, chemistry, physics, languages, computing or design and technology. Eligible enquirers are offered an initial 1 day visit. Depending on eligibility and the availability of the host school, they are then offered up to a further 9 days at a time to suit the host school and participant.

Details of the School Experience Programme are available from the Department for Education website below:

School Experience Programme


I would like to teach Maths but my degree was gained in another subject.  I did achieve an A grade at A Level Maths.  Is this possible?


There are Skills Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) courses available in secondary subjects; Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, English, Geography, Languages, Mathematics, Physics and Religious Education if someone has a lower classification degree or good A Levels in any of the above but their degree is not directly relevant.  Not all universities run a SKE in all of the above subjects, but you can complete your SKE at a different University or on-line. A list of the courses and providers are available here.  We may make the completion of a SKE course a condition of offer to ensure that you have the correct level of knowledge before embarking on your teacher training course.


What is the difference between traditional PGCE and School Direct?

School Direct is a more school-centred PGCE programme.  You would receive a PGCE but the idea is that more time is spent in the classroom and less in university lectures, with professional studies sessions being delivered by a combination of teaching professionals from our alliance of schools in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin.  There will be input from University tutors in some subject specialisms.    Your placements would be in schools in Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin, so hopefully more accessible than partnership schools of universities further away


What are the different routes into teacher?

Please view the ASCL's document below for information on the various routes into teacher currently available .routes_into_teaching_map.pdf


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