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School Direct Recruitment

Whitley Bay High is the lead school in our alliance for applicants who wish to apply for secondary and primary School Direct places following the tuition route. School Direct is a new route into teaching which allows participants the opportunity to work closely with schools to gain Qualified Teacher Status.

Whitley Bay Teaching School Alliance (WBTSA) will soon be looking to recruit individuals passionate about careers in education and is offering training places in partnership with Newcastle University and Northumbria University.

The UCAS application system opens 27th October 2015 for 2016 entry. We hope to be recruiting trainees to commence in September 2016 for jobs across the partnership in the following subjects:

Art :
Biology :
Business Studies:
Design and Technology:
Food Technology:
Maths :
Physics :
Religious Education:
Primary Places :

For more information on applying, please click here.

More information on the subject knowledge enhancement course can be found by clicking here

Entry Requirements

If you are thinking of undertaking training to become a teacher in the future, you should be aware of the entry requirements for whichever course you wish to undertake.  For 2016 these are:

  • A degree (BSc, BA, BS, etc.) 2:2 and above (1st or 2:1 preferred). For Secondary applicants the subject content should be 50% of the subject you wish to train to teach in. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you can apply to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course. Any offer of a place will be on condition of completing this course.

  • GCSE English and Maths at grade ‘C’ or above. If you intend to train to teach pupils aged 3-11 (early years and primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C or above in a GCSE science subject examination.

  • We expect that you are able to tell us about recent and relevant experience in a relevant school setting, preferably within the last 12 months.  You should also ensure that your references are able to tell us about your skills, experience and the contribution you made.

  • You will be required to pass the literacy and numeracy skills tests if you are offered a place, which must be completed before the course begins

  • You will be required to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check

  • Original qualification certificates must be provided at interview.

  • If you studied for your degree abroad, you will need to check with the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC) as to whether it is equivalent to a UK degree. Visit for more information.

Why train with WBTSA?

  • The opportunity to train in a vibrant, innovative Teaching School Alliance which believes in ‘students first’.

  • High quality professional learning opportunities from across the Alliance.

  • Access to a range of placements to ensure a varied training programme.

  • Support from experienced Professional and Subject Mentors. An opportunity to start your career with schools that have expertise in the professional development of teachers.

This is what our 2014-15 trainees had to say………

  • ‘ The training programme is superb’’

  • The training team are very experienced , are approachable and care about you’

  • ‘inspire your creative self’ ‘Comprehensive and different. An excellent experience’ ‘ you will be extremely well supported’

  • ‘you get top class training from top class schools’

  • ‘provide you with lots of creative practical tips and lesson ideas.’

Applicants must be aware that they may be placed in any of our partner schools throughout the year. You will also be expected to attend training at Whitley Bay High School and our other partner schools as well as the HEI providing the training. The travel implications of this are something to bear in mind when selecting a School Direct place. Our partner schools who intend to provide training places for 2016 are:

Newcastle University logo and link to teacher training page
Northumbria university logo and link to teacher training page

The Interview Day

Whitley Bay High is the Lead school in our alliance and we will be co-ordinating the recruitment process.

For secondary places this will involve spending time at the school, having a carousel of interviews, talking to a range of experienced staff about your school experiences and subject knowledge, as well as an opportunity to discuss a lesson you will be expected to plan prior to the interview.

The interview panel for secondary will consist of representative/s from schools within the alliance, someone from Leadership at the Lead School and a representative from our university partners Newcastle or Northumbria.

The recruitment process for primary places will be co-ordinated by the lead school, our primary schools and university partners Newcastle or Northumbria. Details of this recruitment process to follow.

The majority of the interviews will take place at Whitley Bay High School, however this may vary depending on your subject specialism and Key Stage.

It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

Original documentary evidence of degree and GCSE qualifications must be provided at interview.

Come and meet us.....

Thinking of applying for Teacher Training in September 2017? We will be hosting taster events in October 2016 at Whitley Bay High School – please sign up to our mailing list for more information.Newcastle 23.01.16




There is funding available through bursaries, grants and scholarships. To find out more click here.

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