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School Direct Recruitment for 2014 Entry

Whitley Bay High is the lead school in our alliance for applicants who wish to apply for secondary 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) is looking to recruit individuals passionate about careers in education and is offering training places in partnership with Newcastle University and Northumbria University.

We will be recruiting trainees to commence in September 2014 for jobs across the partnership.

Secondary (Tuition)
English - filled
Maths - filled
Science – filled
Physics - 2 places available
Chemistry - filled
History - filled
Religious Studies – filled

Entry Requirements

The School Direct Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1, though we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching and learning. You must have a degree in which the majority of the content is in the subject you wish to teach. Your degree must be from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification.

You will need at least a grade C in both GCSE English and Maths.

Original qualification certificates must be provided at interview.

If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject. You will need to undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you apply to the alliance. In addition, all candidates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training. Preference will be given to those who have applied for the skills based test.

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

Successful applicants will not be permitted to begin their training without being in possession of an Enhanced Criminal Bureau check which verifies your suitability for working with young people. Once the offer of a place has been made, forms which need to be completed will be sent out to you.

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.

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 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 2014 are:

Blyth Academy (Maths)
Burnside Business and Enterprise College (Science & Maths.)
Churchill Community College (Physics)
George Stephenson High School (Science and Maths)
Longbenton Community College (Science, History & Religious Studies.)
As well as Whitley Bay High School (English, Maths, Physics & Chemistry.)

The UCAS application system closes on 15th September 2014 for Apply 1 and 24th October 2014 for Apply 2.

For more information on applying, please click here.

The Interview Day

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

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 will consist of representative/s from the host (placement) school, someone from Leadership at the Lead School and a representative from our university partners Newcastle or Northumbria.

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

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.

Training Programme:

Please download our draft training programme in PDF below:

Interested in applying for 2015/2016?

We will be recruiting trainees to commence in September 2015 across a wide range of subjects within our alliance.

More information will be available soon.

Alternatively, come and meet us.....

We will be holding Taster Events soon for anyone interested in teaching.  For more details please contact Sharon at

Further Information:

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