School Direct

Primary School Direct

Working with the prestigious team at Bath Spa, we are proud to extend our teacher training offer to people wishing to become primary specialists. All of our trainees this year are placed in SAST primary schools and partner schools in the area.

With established experience and support from Bath Spa, you will be able to benefit from training both on the job and having a regular day each week on the beautiful university campus. Here you will study the pedagogy behind the practical work you will undertake in the classroom.

Whilst in your home school, you will work closely with your trainee mentor and also your academic mentor. Their role is to guide you, at your pace, to become the very best teacher you can possibly be. They will support you as you become an independent, reflective and highly skilled practitioner, ready to improve outcomes for our wonderful young people.


Secondary School Direct

Working with MSC, our second outstanding ITE provider, you will be able to learn both on the job and through one day of study each week. For this you will go to The Crispin School in Street, where you will access high quality teacher training to support all that you achieve in the classroom.

Whilst training with us, you will have the chance to work across our fantastic North Dorset secondary schools. You will be assigned a mentor and also the support of our Initial Teacher Training Co-ordinator. All of our work with you will enhance your potential to become the very best teacher you can be and prepare you for employment, hopefully in our alliance of schools.

Teacher training is hard work, but exciting and extremely rewarding. We look forward to welcoming you to train through SAST.


School Direct

This route into teaching is all about trainees being able to train on the job. It means that your experience will be school centred, with one day a week completing your training at the appropriate ITE provider.

Please find more information about the School Direct Tuition Fee route through the link below or contact us to find out more.


Funding and finance

The government and some professional bodies are currently offering funding to help people train to teach. This is only applicable to those taking up the Tuition Fee route. Find out more about the generous bursaries and scholarships that may be available to support you as you train to teach.

Use the link below to find out more about how Student Finance England can help with Tuition Fees and any other loans to which you may be entitled.

Training provider fees now stand at £9250. We only offer the School Direct tuition fee route. All fees are paid to your ITE provider (MSCITT for Secondary candidates and Bath Spa for Primary candidates). Please use the links below to find out more about our ITE providers and their fees.


How to apply & entry requirements

The selection criteria:

  • You must have a first or second-class UK University degree, or equivalent overseas degree.
  • You must have at least a grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics for secondary teaching and for primary you will also need a C grade in GCSE Science.
  • You will have to pass all the appropriate professional skills tests.
  • You will be able to demonstrate a strong desire to work with young people and dedication to improving their futures.
  • You will have a commitment to the highest quality of education for all.
  • 50% of your degree must be in the subject in which you wish to train to teach


The selection process:

You will need to make your application for Teacher Training through Please use the link below to find out more about this process.

From your application, potential trainees will be selected for interview and will be informed in writing of their interview date. The interview will include some or all of the following:

  • A teaching episode – potential trainees are asked to teach a short lesson (20-30 mins) either to other interviewees and the Selection Panel, or to a group of students.
  • A meeting with the subject department – a subject specific group exercise where the potential trainees meet the Head of Department, their future mentor and 1 or 2 members of the department. Through a subject based discussion, this task will assess suitability to work with the whole subject department.
  • Student panel – potential trainees will be interviewed by a panel of students.
  • Generic lesson observation (1/2 lesson).
  • Formal interview – panel interview with members of the Selection Panel and if available a member of the appropriate HEI / ITE provider.
  • Trainees are also required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service form, once the position has been offered.

How do we decide which trainees should be placed with which schools?

If more than one school within a partnership is offering a subject training place, candidates will be required to express a preference at the point of application. If their first preference cannot be met, they may be offered an alternative place within the partnership.

For an informal chat by phone or in person, please contact: Isabelle Rawlings, CPD Manager on 07741 578699, 01935 811066, or



To talk to someone in our partner school please use the links below:

The Gryphon School Amy Brinsden 01935 813122
Blandford School Barry Williams 01258 451121
Gillingham School Sarah Turnbull 01747 822222
Shaftesbury School Shelley Coombs 01747 854498
SNHS David Harris 01258 472642

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