Cliddesden Primary School

Learning Together, Growing Together

Cliddesden Primary School, Cliddesden, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG25 2QU

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Schools Direct

Are you interested in training to become a teacher? We can help!

Cliddesden Primary School has been part of a school-led teacher training programme since 2015 having successfully had several trainee teachers work at our school.  Previously with a Teaching School Alliance based in Andover, we have now moved over to one based in Basingstoke and Deane. Cliddesden Primary Primary is now excited to be part of the Aspire Teaching Alliance and this year we have our first Aspire Trainee. Aspire is a group of local schools who have formed an alliance to provide high quality, on-the-job training for those wanting to go into primary school teaching. The programme is fully accredited by the University of Winchester, and successful candidates gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as well as a PCGE. The Department for Education accredited Overton CE Primary School as a National Teaching School in 2014


What is School Direct?

School Direct is a one-year teacher training programme for graduates (including career changers) who learn “on the job” in one of the Alliance’s schools. This will enable Basingstoke schools to develop and retain high quality teachers with excellent employment prospects in the local area. 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 schools.


Why choose School Direct?

This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’, and you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.


Why choose us?

We are committed to the recruitment and retention of high-quality teachers in order to meet the needs of our locality.  

You will receive a helpful step-by-step guide to becoming a teacher; email updates with important news on teacher training, funding and events in your area; the option to call the team of UK-based teaching experts for advice and information on how you can interact with NCTL and even get your questions answered via Facebook and Twitter!

You are probably aware that with Schools Direct being a work-based route into teaching, it is vitally important that you have gained some good, meaningful experience during your time in primary schools. Applicants without this experience generally find the rigorous interview process difficult and fail to secure a place on Schools Direct.

We are a school who provide placements for Schools Direct trainees with the Aspire Teaching Alliance based at Overton primary School. 

Please click this link for further information on how to apply and what the course can offer you. Aspire Teaching School Alliance