Whitley Bay High School Teaching Alliance

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School Direct (Primary & Secondary)

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 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.

The UCAS application system opens in October 2017 for 2018 entry. We will be recruiting trainees to commence in September 2018 for placements across the partnership in the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Biology

  • Business Studies

  • Chemistry

  • Computing

  • Design and Technology

  • English

  • Geography

  • Health & Social

  • History

  • Maths

  • MFL

  • Physics

  • Primary

If you are thinking of undertaking training to become a teacher in the future, you will need to satisfy the following requirements:

  • 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.
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade ‘C’ or above
  • GCSE Science at grade ‘C’ or above, if you wish to teach in a primary school
  • 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 www.naric.org.uk/naric/ for more information.
  • 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 2018-19 are:
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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.

What our trainees had to say in 2017:

"Outstanding- The training programme is superb as it is delivered by very experienced and approachable staff who genuinely care about you"

"Comprehensive and different. An excellent experience"

"They provide you with lots of creative practical tips and lesson ideas- this alliance is at the forefront of teaching and learning- train with the best and you will be the best"

"The level of support that you get is amazing. There is always someone there to help you"

"Brilliant reputation and high calibre training"

"Positive atmosphere which fosters creative teaching"

"Employers are keen when they know you've trained at Whitley"

"Teaching and learning training seemed more progressive compared to other schools"

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 but will be carried out in one of our Primary schools. You will be expected to plan and deliver an activity with a group of children as part of the interview process.

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.


Once you have been interviewed you will be informed that day of the alliance’s decision which will be uploaded onto UCAS.

Please note that if you are successful your place will be held with UCAS and CANNOT be offered to any other applicant until you have made your decision.

From the date you submit your application to UCAS all three providers you have applied to have 40 working days to make you an offer. Once you have heard from all three providers with their decision/ offer you have a further 10 working days to reply.

UCAS advice is to wait for all three replies and NO provider should pressurise you to respond to offers outside of these time frames.

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