School Direct – Secondary Course

Middlesbrough Schools’ Teaching Alliance – School Direct Training

The MSTA puts Middlesbrough schools at the heart of training and recruiting future generations of teachers to work in the area. As part of an Alliance students are supported throughout their training by experts who are already in the teaching profession.

The MSTA is made up of schools from across Middlesbrough including primary, secondary and special schools. It is led by Pallister Park Primary School, a National Teaching School.

The School Direct Training is run in partnership with York St John University who provide university based modules throughout the year. At the end of the course you will not only have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) but also a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) which is 60 credits towards gaining a Masters qualification.

Train with the best to be the best

Secondary Course Information

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Secondary Course Information

Entry requirements:

Applicants must be a graduate of an approved university or other institution granting equivalent qualifications acceptable to York St John University (YSJ). You must be a graduate preferably with a degree qualification of 2:2 or above.

GCSE requirements:

  • GCSE (or YSJ equivalent) in English Language, Maths at Grade C/Grade 4 or above.
  • GCSE in Science (or YSJ equivalent) in Science at Grade C/Grade 4 for those taking Secondary PGCE in sciences.
  • Pending GCSEs will be considered.

Basic skills:

Once you have submitted your application to us, you will need to arrange to take and pass the tests ideally before interview. Teaching Agency QTS skills in Literacy and Numeracy must be completed before commencing your course.

Please see the following links for further information: Skills


All successful applicants will need to gain clearance from an enhanced DBS check before being offered a place on the training programme.

Medical questionnaire:

All entrants are expected to complete a medical health questionnaire.


Students will be required to complete;

  • assignments
  • portfolios
  • presentations

Fees and funding:

The tuition fees for MSTA’s School Direct programme 2019/20 are £9,250.

For further details about financial support please visit: Funding

Bursaries and Scholarships

Disability Access

York St John University, our accrediting provider, has full disabled access.

All secondary schools in our Alliance also have good disabled access.

Applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the appropriate schools and so that we can ensure there is disabled access at the training venues.

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01642 242174

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