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Ashmole Trust

School Direct

Are you an experienced professional or recent graduate and would like to train to become a teacher?

School Direct may be for you. 

Ashmole Trust and partner schools currently have School Direct places available from September 2023 in the following subject areas:

Salaried School Direct





Design and Technology

Computer Science

Non Salaried School Direct

Primary teaching

For further information including eligibility requirements please click here

If you would like to find out more about our programme, please contact Karen Foye, HR Director or 020 8361 2703 x2206.

Alternatively, you are invited to join one of our open mornings at Ashmole Academy where you can find out more about our programme and observe a class.  If you would like to book a place, please email  including your preferred date and your subject area.

Open Mornings

8:30am Friday 20th January

9:30am Monday 6th February

8:30am Tuesday 7th March

If you would prefer evening, we are happy to provide an online presentation on our school direct programme on:

5pm – 6pm  Wednesday 22nd February

5pm – 6pm  Wednesday 22nd March

About our School Direct Programme

School Direct trainees will receive subject-specific training coordinated by their personal mentor with the aim of developing subject knowledge and subject-specific pedagogy. Each trainee’s bespoke programme will involve a weekly observation and review meeting where the mentor will provide personalised feedback and then coordinate appropriate support tailored to ensure you reach your full teaching potential. This may involve you observing other experts in your department, receiving specific guidance on aspects of delivery from experts across the school or liaising with specialists to enhance your skills in particular areas of teaching.

Each week, all trainees within the school receive 2 hours of Professional Studies training.  These sessions will develop trainees’ understanding of best practice in each of the key Teaching Standards and are delivered by senior members of staff within the school enabling you to have access to the best guidance and support. Topics include professionalism in teaching, assessment, lesson planning and behaviour.

At the beginning of the course, you will teach approximately 10 hours per fortnight.  This will increase to around 18 hours by Christmas and 25 hours by Easter. This is a vital step in ensuring all trainees are prepared for the rigours of teaching as a Early Career Teacher. Each trainee is different and mentors will ensure that individuals feel prepared for this uplift as the year progresses.

During the year, you will spend 15 days at Middlesex University (or one of our other providers)  where you will have the opportunity to further develop subject-specific skills and share ideas with peers. These sessions are organised by the University and led by your University tutor.

Middlesex University set a series of assessments throughout the year.  To complement these, trainees will complete weekly tasks that support the Professional Studies meetings, provide opportunities for refinement of skills and an additional focus for mentor meetings.


During your training year you will complete one placement at another school. This is a requirement of the course and an important part of your experience as it enables you to practice the things you have learnt in another, often different, school setting. 

Placements usually take place during the Spring term and last for around six weeks. You will be  placed in either a school within our partnership or a school local to your main placement. Whilst on placement, you will have weekly meetings with a subject mentor, regular observations and feedback and Professional Studies sessions. Your university mentor will visit you whilst at the placement to ensure continuity and review your progress in your new setting.

We share information regarding your second placement during the first half of the Autumn term. We endeavour to make sure the placement is suitable to you regarding travel and other commitments but our primary aim is to ensure you have an opportunity to develop and hone the pedagogical skills necessary to be an outstanding teacher.

Entry Requirements

You should be a graduate, preferably with a 1st or a 2:1, though we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching. You should have a degree in which the majority of the content was in the subject you wish to teach. Applicants with relevant industrial or commercial experience are very welcome to apply.  All applicants need a GCSE grade of C (or level 4), or an equivalent, in English and Mathematics. As well as Science for Primary courses.

Personal qualities

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. This will be demonstrated by meaningful experience of working with young people of this age. This does not need to be paid work but might be helping with a sports team, drama group or youth club. We would like you to have done some observation in a classroom or you may even have worked in a school.


Ashmole Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.    DBS checks will be carried out for all school direct trainees.


As a trainee you will be paid on point 1 of the unqualified teacher pay spine.  The fees for Middlesex University (and other providers)  will be paid for by the school.

Interview process

Candidates who are successful at the first round application stage will be invited to attend an employment-based interview at Ashmole Academy (or one of our partner schools).   During the interview day, you will be asked to teach a short lesson, work with a small group of pupils, and complete a written test and a subject knowledge interview.   An initial shortlisting will take place at this stage and successful candidates at the second round will be invited to stay for a panel interview.   The interview panel will normally consist of staff who are involved in the School Direct process and may be Heads or leadership member from other schools within the partnership.   The outcome of the interview will normally be communicated to you within one week of the interview day.

The accredited provider is Middlesex University, please click here for further details.