The School Direct Training Year
As well as a rigorous programme provided by Durham SCITT, you will undertake a bespoke training programme at St Bede’s to help you put your learning into practice. You will participate in the whole school INSET days as you will be part of the staff at St Bede’s. You will get the chance to meet your department and get to know the ethos of the school. There will also be training on child protection, safeguarding and professionalism, all essential fundamentals to your teaching career. You will get the opportunity to jointly observe outstanding members of staff and have your lessons videoed to reflect, analyse and share good practice.

Entry requirements

School Direct and core:

2.2 or higher honours degree (or equivalent).
GCSE grade C or above in English language, mathematics and science.
Additional GCSE's showing a good spread of curriculum subjects. 
At least 2 A levels


Please note: As a general rule of thumb, if your degree classification is 2.2 then the following additional requirements will apply:

GCSE grade B or above in English language (please get in touch if you have a grade C).
GCSE grade C or above in mathematics and science. Other GCSE's required showing a good spread of curriculum subjects. 
2 A Levels at grade C or above.


References will be required in all cases, as will a well written personal statement.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss the entry requirements.

For further information please email:

Once your application has been passed to us from the UCAS we must decide whether you are a suitable candidate via our selection process.


The selection process is as follows:

The teaching task:

You will be expected to teach a topic chosen from the list supplied.

The formal interview:

You will be asked a series of questions which will allow us to assess your knowledge and understanding of recent educational issues, your personal skills and attributes and your decision to enter the teaching profession.

Numeracy and Literacy Test:

You will be asked to complete a literacy skills test and a numeracy skills test.  

The written exercise:

The written exercise will be used to assess your ability to communicate in standard written English.

Copies of these are kept electronically so that large print versions can be made available on request. If required additional time will be allocated for the completion of the written exercise and audits.


The decision to make a final offer will be based on:

  • A high score on the teaching task.

  • A high score on the interview and a satisfactory score overall.

  • Qualitative comments made by the interviewers.

  • Evidence of sufficient subject knowledge from the skills audit.

  • Further consideration of qualifications, predicted grades, personal statement and references. Consideration of any specific extenuating circumstances.

Any offer of a place will be conditional on passing The Professional Skills Test online.  

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

The School Direct Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should have a strong understanding of the subject you wish to teach before you start training. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, it is recommended that you undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training.

Potential trainees will need very good communication skills, the determination to succeed, a commitment to working hard and the ability to work with others. Training to teach is both challenging and rewarding. Developing excellent interpersonal skills will enable trainees to effectively support the learning of groups of young people from diverse backgrounds. We are looking for people who strive to improve and who are committed to their own professional development.