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Our Key Stage 3-5 Partners

A New Secondary School Direct Programme with our local secondary and sixth form college providers

Building on the phenomenal success of our Primary programme for ITT, we are commencing our Secondary programme from September 2019. Providing a bespoke pathway for students and ensuring that students are coached and supported by strong practitioners within each school, is central to our offer. Experienced in mentoring trainees, our secondary partners benefit from close working relationships and cross phase initiatives with primary colleagues.  Currently there are a range of financial incentives to support your training.

What is School Direct?
School Direct is a school-led teacher training programme. School Direct courses are designed by a group of schools in partnership with a university. A School Direct course lasts a year and you will train in at least two contrasting schools.

Why choose School Direct?
School Direct provides a fantastic experience if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’. You’ll be part of a school based teaching team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. You have the opportunity to become immersed in school life, which means when you begin your first job you are more able to understand the life and times of a school. You won’t be expected to teach full classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready. Typically, School Direct students teach 50%, 60% & 70% over the three school terms.

The main School Direct routes carry the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) if successful and also lead to the award of a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with credits towards a Master’s Degree (Level 7) awarded by Winchester University. Please note that Level 7 is the highest award possible.

Our Secondary Programme offers:

  • Full postgraduate PGCE, including Qualified Teacher Status and 60 credits at Masters level
  • Strong partnerships with Winchester University (OFSTED outstanding for ITT provision January 2018)
  • 4 days a week based in a Romsey Secondary School setting and one training day either at Winchester University or in School led by a lead teacher
  • Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) days for your specific subject led by Winchester University
  • Very high employment success rates for our trainees, often with the Partnership
  • Our four year commitment to supporting your early career progression if employed within the Partnership
  • Professional themes programme involving cross phase collaborative training
  • An established alliance of schools working together
  • Experience within Barton Peveril Sixth Form College and a Partnership Primary School

Secondary Subjects Offered

Please click on each subject to find out more.



Design & Technology


Physical Education

Find out about the current generous bursaries on offer if you train to teach Secondary students:

Host Schools

All of our main placements are at The Romsey School or The Mountbatten School, with a second placement at another secondary school.

Our other Secondary / 6th Form  Partners are:

New Forest Academy

Test Valley School

Winton Community Academy

Barton Peveril Sixth Form College

What Qualifications do I need to access the Secondary School Direct Teacher Training?

In order to apply for the programme you would need the following qualifications:

  • A 2:2 or above  Degree, or be in your final year completing a degree and achieve these grades before starting.  If you do not have a relevant degree or need to refresh your knowledge you could complete a fully funded subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course before starting your training
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Maths  (or equivalent)

Before being accepted on the programme, you would also need to:

  • Complete the Teacher Skills Tests in Maths and English
  • Provide proof of address and ID (passport or driving licence)for a DBS check to be carried out
  • Original copies of all documents including documents for all qualifications, including degree and GCSE certificates.
  • Attend and be successful at interview

What to expect if I am invited to interview:

In advance of the interview day you will have the opportunity to come and spend some time in The Romsey School.  During this time you will meet the Professional Mentor and spend time observing lessons in the relevant subject area.

We aim to make our interview days a positive experience for all. During the day you will:

  • Have a formal interview with a Lead Tutor from Winchester University and a Senior Leader from Halterworth Teaching School Partnership
  • Be interviewed by a pupil panel
  • Complete a mini teaching activity
  • Complete a written task
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions

How are students allocated to schools?

All Secondary students will spend their main practice in one of the two Secondary Schools in Romsey.  It might be possible to accommodate a request for one of these schools.

For more information and some example films please click on out ‘Teacher training‘ tab.

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