• Stratford Road, Lighthorne Heath, Leamington Spa,Warwickshire, CV33 9TW
Teacher Training (ITT)

School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training programme which provides a fantastic opportunity to train as a teacher ‘on the job’. The Gateway Alliance specialise in supporting primary and special school teacher trainees and have led a School Direct Programme, in partnership with the University of Warwick, since 2012.

As a trainee on the Gateway School Direct programme, you'll be part of a school based teaching team, in one of our 30+ partner schools, from the very start; receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. You have the opportunity to become immersed in school life through your training year, which means when you begin your first job as a teacher you are better prepared for life in school. You will access an outstanding academic programme of study at the University of Warwick which will support you to understand the theory behind teaching whilst developing and practicing your skills in school.

Benefit of Training with Gateway Alliance:

  • Central location in the Midlands area, comprising schools from Coventry and Warwickshire.
  • One of the largest Primary School Direct partnerships, with a wide range of schools from large, urban new builds to small, rural settings.
  • A partnership which specialises in supporting primary and special school trainees, with a wealth of expertise and experience of supporting training in these settings.
  • A fantastic range of NQT employment opportunities to those that successfully complete their training.
  • Access to a wealth of tailored CPD opportunities that will support you to develop your skills throughout the training year and beyond.
  • A central training programme led by a team of experts from across the partnership which includes specific training sessions and regular trainee network meetings.
  • A strong partnership with the Ofsted rated “Outstanding” provider – University of Warwick – which means that a high quality in-school experience is underpinned by outstanding academic training and access to industry leading research.
  • Highly experienced mentors and outstanding teachers who have been supporting teacher trainees for many years.
  • A growing alumni of school direct graduates that are keen and willing to support new trainees.
  • A well-established partnership with a common set of values held across all schools and a commitment to the best possible training experience for all.

Gateway Alliance School Direct Programme