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School Direct


School Direct teacher training with Hursthead Junior School enables graduates to learn ‘on the job’ in a variety of local schools, as well as receive academic and University support, whilst training to teach to become a Primary School Teacher.


Our alliance is led by Hursthead Junior School, an outstanding three-form entry Junior School in the south Manchester suburb of Cheadle Hulme.   The school is committed to sharing best practice and leading the training of the teachers of the future.

We are a close-knit alliance of primary schools in the South Manchester area, who individually have substantial experience of working with trainees and a strong track record of producing high quality teachers.  Partner schools in the alliance are:


Whilst each school has its own unique ethos, we all share a passion for developing teachers who are committed to delivering creative and fun teaching and learning opportunities.


We provide a comprehensive programme of learning and support, which equips trainee teachers with the skills and knowledge to become outstanding teachers.  Successful applicants to our alliance will become part of a family, which offers mentoring from highly experienced practitioners across the full range of primary phases and which will help you to learn and grow in confidence within stimulating environments.



Undergraduate Degree

Applicants should hold a minimum of 2:1 honours degree from a UK university, or a qualification recognised as equivalent. 



All selected candidates will have equivalent to two A levels at grade C or above in preferred subjects.



All selected candidates must have attained a standard in English, mathematics and science which is equivalent to the standard required to achieve a grade C in GCSE examination. Equivalency tests are accepted.  Applicants should also possess GCSE grade C in at least 3 other preferred subjects.




We are committed to providing outstanding learning experiences for our children, and for our staff, therefore our trainees will need to be prepared:

  • To have a ‘can do’ philosophy and a creative approach to learning
  • To enjoy working with young people and have a passion for learning
  • To be flexible and have the ability to use initiative
  • To carry out professional duties in a positive and courteous manner
  • To have high expectations for their students and themselves
  • To be committed to ongoing professional development


Personal Qualities

  • A sensitive, caring professional
  • A committed, hard-worker
  • A team player
  • A confident, engaging communicator
  • A resilient learner



Application Form
We will assess the application forms processed by UCAS along with the University of Manchester using the criteria outlined.  We aim to notify you of our decision within 40 working days of receiving your application and interviews will be held at regular intervals throughout the year.


School Based tasks
You will be invited into an alliance school to undertake a short task with a group of students. You will be provided with information about the nature of this task in order to prepare appropriately. We will use this task to assess interaction with students; ability to enthuse, engage and communicate well with children.  There will also be a presentation task, a group task and a formal interview.   (On the day, there will be identity and qualification checks – please provide photographic ID, proof of address and copies of your academic qualifications.)



Applications to School Direct at Hursthead Junior School are made via UCAS.  See the UCAS website for full details. 


For School Direct queries, specific to Hursthead Junior School, contact Helen Walker School for more details at: helen.walker@hursthead-jun.stockport.sch.uk.


For general queries about School Direct, please see the Get into Teaching section of the DfE website:  https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/school-led-training/school-direct


For queries about the Manchester University PGCE School Direct programme, please visit:  http://www.seed.manchester.ac.uk/pgce/school-direct/