Schools Direct – Primary 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

Primary Course Information

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Course details

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. 3rd class degrees will be considered with significant evidence of learning gained that supports your application.

GCSE requirements:

GCSE (or YSJ equivalent) in English Language, Maths and Science at Grade C/Grade 4 or above.

Basic skills:

Please see the following links for further information: York St John skills information


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:

Disability Access

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

All primary 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.

Contact us

01642 242174

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