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School Direct Training Programme (non-supported) FAQs

. School Direct Training Programme (non-supported) places – “How many training places are available? Do I have a good chance of securing one?”

There is no limit to the number of places available through this route given the trainee is already employed by a school as an unqualified teacher. The Department for Education will be monitoring non supported places by subject but does not put a limit on allocation as there is no central funding available.

All candidates must be of high quality and must meet the requirements for entry into the profession as laid down by Department for Education.

2. "Academically, I completed my A Levels and then went straight to university. I am now about to complete my degree programme. Is The Cambridge Partnership School Direct Training Programme (non-supported) for me?"

No, prospective trainees in this situation should look towards a place on the SCITT / PGCE programme.

3. GCSE MATHEMATICS/ ENGLISH – “I haven’t got GCSE Maths/English, but I am going to take it this year. Can I still apply for The Cambridge Partnership School Direct Training Programme (non-supported)?

You MUST have secured a GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Maths and English BEFORE you can be formally accepted onto the programme. If you are accepted, it will be conditional on you gaining the qualifications before the DfE deadline in October.

You may have to wait until the next academic year if all places have been allocated. You will need to produce original certificates if you are selected for interview.

You are advised to consult the Department for Education website to check that you fulfil the requirements to teach in the United Kingdom. 

4. GCSE MATHEMATICS/ ENGLISH – “Where can I take GCSE Maths/English? The local FE College will not accept external candidates at this stage of the year.”

You can be offered an equivalency test. There is an examination fee payable by the applicant for this service to cover administration costs. Please note equivalency tests taken with one provider are not always accepted by another. If you have taken an equivalency test already please check with The Cambridge Partnership if it can be accepted.

5. MATHEMATICS DEGREE – “I have a degree in Mathematics, but I haven’t got GCSE Mathematics. Will I need to take GCSE Mathematics?

All applicants must have GCSE Mathematics or equivalent. Whilst an A-Level in Mathematics would be acceptable, a degree on its own would not because it is too specialised. 

6. DEGREE RESULT – “I will not know the class of my degree until June, can I still apply?

You may submit an application, pending your result. Any offer of a place would be conditional on the successful completion of your degree to the required level. 

6.1. DEGREE – “My initial degree is only partially relevant to the subject I wish to teach, e.g. a degree in Business Studies which included Mathematics.” – from a Secondary Mathematics applicant.

The degree must be relevant to the subject choice. A minimum of 50% of the content of the degree needs to be directly related to the subject you wish to teach. There are exceptions where other qualifications and experience may be taken into account. For all applicants, their other qualifications and experience will help to inform the selection committee. The final decision about the relevance or equivalency of your degree will lie with The Cambridge Partnership.

6.2 OVERSEAS QUALIFICATIONS – “My initial degree is from an overseas university, am I eligible?”

Possibly, you will need to approach UK NARIC (tel. 0870 9904088) to secure a certificate of confirmation of equivalence. Some public libraries offer access to the NARIC data base at no cost. You will be asked to produce this at interview if it is not attached to your application. 

7. PART-TIME – “Can I do the 
School Direct Training Programme (non-supported) over 2 years?”

Although The Cambridge Partnership School Direct Training Programme (non-supported) is designed for completion within an academic year we are prepared to consider part-time provision in conjunction with the employing school for trainees for the secondary age phase. We do not currently offer a part-time programme for trainees for the primary age phase. 

8. COMMITMENT – “How many hours of study will the training consist of?”

The Cambridge Partnership School Direct Training Programme (non-supported) is a professional training course. It will require the commitment equivalent of a serving full time teacher in terms of the length of school day, plus additional preparatory and academic work. The programme cannot be contained with a particular number of hours per week, you must expect it to consume a large part of your time and you must be prepared to be flexible.

8.1 COMMITMENT – “When am I expected to be in school?”

Firstly, all schools are different! As a trainee following a professional training programme you must expect to be on the school site in much the same way as all teachers and this is typically from about 08.00am until 5.00pm or later. Playing a full part in the work, life and community of the school, you cannot expect to leave with the children! There may be variations during the year, and from school to school, but you will be expected to attend the weekly cycle of meetings within school as part of your commitment.

9. SCHOOL PLACEMENTS ONCE A TRAINEE IS ON THE PROGRAMME – “Do I have to find my own contrasting school placement (CSP)?”

If possible, yes. In most cases it is easier for trainees and their schools to find a CSP which fits the personalised programme for the trainee. The Cambridge Partnership expects trainees to communicate their intended CSP at the earliest possible time and reserves the right to reject a placement if it feels that it is inappropriate. The Cambridge Partnership can assist in securing a contrasting school placement if the trainee and their school has difficulty in so doing.

10. PREVIOUS WITHDRAWAL FROM INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING – “Is it still possible for me to apply for The Cambridge Partnership School Direct Training Programme (non-supported)?

Yes, but you must include within your application a letter, from your previous training provider, supporting the reasons for you terminating that programme. This would give you clearance to join a new programme. Please remember that clearance to apply does not guarantee a place.