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School Direct Secondary PGCE

School Direct Secondary PGCE

About the programme

We are the original provider of the School Direct programme in York, working in partnership with York St John University to deliver our PGCE programme. 

Take a look at our eBrochure to find out more

At Hope Sentamu Learning Trust we provide a truly school-centred Secondary PGCE programme and work in partnership with York St John University to ensure that teaching in the classroom is underpinned with a rigorous academic understanding. Academic sessions take place on a Wednesday afternoon and these sessions are either led by York St John or Hope Sentamu Learning Trust staff. They aim to give our training teachers an academic understanding alongside pedagogical strategies to deploy in the classroom. One of our aims is to grow advocacy with our staff both inside and outside of Hope Sentamu Learning Trust. Hence, we use outstanding teachers within our school network to facilitate our academic sessions on the PGCE  programme.

We currently offer the School Direct PGCE in the following subjects: English, Maths, Religious Education, History, Geography, Drama, Music, Modern Foreign Languages, PE, PE with Ebacc, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.

We are looking for training teachers who:

  • have a passion for teaching and a love of learning.
  • are committed to ensuring that all pupils can succeed no matter what their background or starting point.
  • are enthusiastic, combined with excellent organisational skills.
  • have the ability to reflect and develop as critical professionals.
  • can express ideas clearly and succinctly.
  • have a high level of resilience and respond well to constructive feedback.
  • show personal initiative and can work well with peers, pupils, tutors, staff and parents alike.

School Direct entry requirements

  • You must have an A level in the subject you wish to teach.
  • You must be an honours graduate of an approved university or other institution granting equivalent qualifications acceptable both to York St John University and the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The first degree should be specific to the subject-based PGCE you are applying for. In some circumstances candidates without a subject specialist degree may be considered if you can provide evidence of strong subject knowledge, and have at least an A level in the subject.
  • All applicants require GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Applicants for the Secondary PGCE in the sciences must have a grade C or over above in GCSE Science.


Contact us to get some Secondary School Experience or find out more by contacting Jo Coe E: j.coe@hlt.academy


“I am confident in developing my teaching practices and, thanks to Hope Sentamu Learning Trust, I feel fully prepared on my journey through my NQT year. I look forward to the future ahead.”

Megan Taaffe
English NQT