School Direct training at Cornerstone is a year-long school-based experience, leading to a PGCE. The lead school for this programme is Broadclyst Community Primary School (BCPS), an Ofsted-graded outstanding primary school with a significant national and international reputation for innovative use of IT within a broad and balanced curriculum. We work in collaboration with a number of partner schools to deliver this programme.

Benefit from innovative research-led teaching informed by professional practice and academic excellence. 

The course is accredited at Masters level and offers 30 credits. Join a dynamic team of trainers and recently-qualified teachers who have themselves come through the School Direct programme at the Cornerstone Academy Trust Teaching School. Enjoy working with a unique range of state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and resources that will help you to develop your teaching skills and explore your potential future curriculum leadership specialisms.

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Why choose School Direct?

Fully immerse yourself in school life.

Build lasting relationships with students and colleagues.

Primarily focus on work with immediate practical applications.

Learn on the job, pick up the tricks of the trade faster and learn from teachers who are still active in the role.

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More about the lead school and the School Direct programme.

BCPS is part of an innovative multi-academy trust and teaching school that supports educators, trains teachers and provides a wide range of professional development programmes. We equip professionals with the skills, knowledge and higher-level competences needed to develop and support well-balanced versatile adults and children in a digital age.
A Microsoft Showcase School with enviable facilities that include 1:1 access to devices for all pupils, teachers and students, a TV studio, a climbing wall, a dedicated art room, very strong theatre, music and performing arts opportunities, exceptional dining and catering and a wide range of after-school activities.
For each of our courses you will be allocated a base class for your time training at the school. The teacher of that class will be your first point of contact during your training and will be one of the members of staff that will help you plan, observe and support your next steps. Each trainee has a training programme to follow that includes weekly inputs and tasks to develop their skills, including their specialisms. Your specialism could be used in the future to enable you to lead a subject when you have secured a job.
During your year with us, each half term of the programme has a specific focus and these create a progression throughout the year as you go from the initial phase of getting to know the school and the role of the teacher through to being qualified and ready to take on the full responsibility for a class of children and their education:

First half term

The fundamentals of teaching. How to plan, how reading, writing and maths is taught, transition to the next phase and managing the behaviour of children.

Second half term

A focus on the needs of the child. Ensuring that every child gets access to a broad and balanced curriculum and makes good progress, and that barriers to their learning are overcome.

Third half term 

The teaching of the core subjects and the importance of good subject knowledge.

Fourth half term

The teaching of the wider curriculum.

Fifth half term

The teaching of the enriched curriculum and developing the skills required by learners to equip them for the future.

Sixth half term

Professional responsibilities and being ready to take on the role of a teacher in the wider school community.