St James's Church of England High School

St James Church of England High School

Bishop Fraser Trust

'A National Teaching School'

September 2013

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Secondary school direct

A warm welcome to the St James's Teaching Partnership and thank you for taking time to find out more about our Secondary School Direct Programme.

Within our programme, trainees enjoy a blended programme which includes;

● Attending group training session with the cohort of Secondary trainees, receiving high quality practitioner-led training, peer support and joint practice development opportunities.

● School-led professional learning where you would be able to take advantage of a range of professional development opportunities within your own school and schools within the Alliance.

● Attending high quality training provided by other schools and the Teaching School throughout the year.

● Attending MMU in line with the expectations as specified on their website.

● Focussed support and mentoring, by the very best practitioners within their own school.


What are we looking for in a candidate?

We are looking for people who are MAD

Can you Make A Difference? We are looking for high quality graduates and career changers who want to make a difference to children and young people, to embark on our Initial Teacher Training Programme. We are looking to recruit outstanding trainees who have real potential to teach with the following personal qualities;

  • Experience of working with young people
  • Passion and knowledge in your subject area
  • Ability to work as part of a team and maintain
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • Willingness to be involved in the wider life of the school/extracurricular activities


MMU Requirements for Secondary School Direct

  • degree classification of 2:2 or above 
  • the degree must be related to or cover at least 50% of the subject area you want to teach.
  •  GCSE in Mathematics and English Language Grade C/4 or above- (equivalency tests accepted from ITT HEI institutions)
  • Subject specific requirements from MMU
  • Qualifications not accepted:

    Key Skills. Adult Numeracy and Literacy, OCR National Award.


NB:• All students must pass tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to starting on the course

Booking the skills tests:

Candidates can book their skills tests once they have submitted their application through UCAS Teacher Training. They can book in advance of this as long as an application is submitted before they attend the test centre. 

What you need to take to your skills test:

Two forms of identification – a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID this can be for example a debit card. More information can be found on the STA website.  (links to 

You’ll also need to bring proof of your teacher training application. The evidence that will be accepted are:

  • a welcome email from UCAS Teacher Training
  • correspondence from your school or university
  • a copy of a completed UCAS Teacher Training application form
  • confirmation of, or an invitation to, an interview from your school or university

For more information please visit:

• it is beneficial to have some school experience before applying but not essential, if you would like to book onto a school experience day please contact  

How do placements work?

During the year you will be attached to a main school (placement A) for terms 1 and carry out a contrasting placement in another Partnership school (placement B) for term 2 & 3.  Also within our programme you will spend time in Primary and Post 16 setting and have opportunities to visit alternative education provision via the Bolton Impact Trust. this is designed to enhance and extend your knowledge of how pupils learn and how to create the very best teaching and learning environment.


Employment Opportunities

Towards the end of the programme, trainees will be fully supported to seek and obtain employment. We currently have a 100% conversion rate from trainees who complete the course into full time employment, with the vast majority being employed within the local area.



Places available with the St James's Teaching Partnership starting  September 2019


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Please do not hesitate to make contact if you need any further information. Our contacts emails are:  Victoria Gavin (Teaching School Manager)  Carolyn Thornton (Teaching School Director)



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