David Ross Education Trust

Our mission is to give every child attending one of our schools a world-class education.

Teacher Training

Teacher Training

Initial Teacher Training

Teaching is a fantastic career, and the Trust seeks to support individuals as they take their first step towards inspiring future generations.

The aim is to ensure that our Trust offers high quality Initial Teacher Training (ITT) placements using a wide range of options to engage trainees from diverse backgrounds, which will then provide our academies with the excellent teachers of tomorrow.

The Trust has formed strong links with six ITT providers to offer three different routes, which trainees can access to gain qualified teacher status. These are School Direct, Teach First and our in-house programme, Challenge to Teach. This year we will develop our Challenge to Teach programme for graduates to begin their teaching career and for undergraduates to experience teaching through a sandwich placement.

School Direct

Through partnerships with the University of Leicester, University of Hull, University of Northampton and Bishop Grosseteste University, this one-year programme offers trainees the opportunity to not only gain QTS, but also to achieve a PGCE. Once qualified, it is our hope that trainees will apply for employment as an NQT in one of the Trust’s academies.

Our partner universities offer the following courses:

  • University of Leicester: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English History, Geography,
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French) and Primary.
  • University of Northampton: Primary.
  • University of Hull: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English and Primary.
  • Bishop Grosseteste University: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, English, History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages (French), Physical Education, and Primary.

If you wish to apply for School Direct, you need to apply via the UCAS website.

Teach First

Teach First is a national charity whose aim is to attract high quality graduates who might not otherwise have considered teaching and place them in schools where at least 50% of pupils must come from the lowest 30% of the IDACI (Income Deprivation Affecting Children Index).

Teach First’s training programme is two years in length and trainees receive a salary throughout. During the first year of the programme, trainees work towards achieving QTS and the PGCE qualification with one of Teach First’s partner universities, whilst the second (NQT) year of the programme focuses on developing leadership qualities.

If you wish to apply for Teach First you need to apply via the Teach First website.

Challenge to Teach

This two-year route is for graduate colleagues already working within our Academies, who require a salaried pathway to a teaching career, and is delivered through a partnership with the University of Buckingham.

During Year 1, trainees undertake both primary and secondary phase placements (with emphasis on the phase in which they are specialising) whilst working towards achieving QTS and a PGCE. Successful completion of the first year results in trainees being offered employment as an NQT within one of the Trust’s academies.

We currently have eleven secondary trainees in their second year and five trainees in their first year.

In addition, we work also work with TES Global to offer more bespoke routes to qualified teacher status which vary in duration according to the skills of the prospective teacher.

If you wish to apply for Challenge to Teach you must already be employed within the David Ross Education Trust.

Challenge to Teach Graduate and Undergraduate Programme

In 2018, we will begin our graduate programme. We are looking for graduates and undergraduates who wish to experience life in one of our academies. You will receive an intensive programme, which will equip you to begin teaching.

You will then teach a reduced timetable which will enable you gain teaching experience whilst having the opportunity for reflection and coaching. Our enrichment programme is world class and we will expect you to use your skills in either sport, music, arts or drama to contribute.

At the end of your first year, if you are a graduate you will be able to join our Challenge to Teach programme and work to become a fully qualified teacher. If you are an undergraduate we hope that on following graduation you will return and join us on the Challenge to Teach programme.

If you would be interested in teaching Mathematics, English, Science, Geography, History, Technology, a modern foreign language or computer science then please register your interest.