Neil Hunt - Teaching School Director

Ladycross Infant School

Victoria Road

Sandiacre, Nottingham

NG10 5JD

For further information regarding the Teaching School Alliance,
please contact Mary Shishefar, Business Development Manager
Tel: 01159 397379  Email:

Initial Teacher Training


School Direct

School Direct is an alternative route into teaching which is more school-based and school-led than a traditional one year PGCE. This course leads to both Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE, awarded by of our partner university: University of Derby. Click here for their website.

Come and have a chat with us about the exciting teacher training opportunities available on our School Direct programme.across Derbyshire at one of the following sessions:

We will also be attending the Postgraduate Open Evening at the University of Derby on 7th September and 9th November 5pm- 7pm. Click here for further details.


What you can expect from choosing to train with us:

Ladycross is a vibrant and creative place with an emphasis on all members of our community being learners. During your time here, you will receive:

A school based initial teacher training programme that gives you the chance to learn on the job. 85% of the programme is spent in at least 2 schools training, observing lessons and best practice, plus teaching.

The remaining 15% is spent at our partner HEI, the University of Derby, studying for the PGCE element of the programme.

You will work as part of the teaching team from day one with a programme that is bespoke to the individual.

Full and comprehensive support network for each trainee.

Graduating the programme means the award of QTS and PGCE, plus 60 CAT points towards a Masters qualification.

You can view our Initial Teacher Training policy here > Ladycross ITT Policy

All candidates have to apply via UCAS. We are registered under Ladycross Infant School with the code 21X.

UCAS application link

It is advisable before you apply to look at the ITT entry criteria before applying. This can be found on the link below

Entry criteria


How We Select Our Trainees

Applications may be shortlisted prior to interview based on a number of criteria, including qualifications and previous experience. Experience of an educational setting is vital prior to application, with blocks of time, for example a whole week at a time, being preferable to regular half days. A minimum of one week is required. Interviews will then be held and these may include a small teaching element and/or a written activity. You will be informed of this in your invitation letter, if successful at that stage.

Each successful candidate will be invited to an interview in which your suitability for the course will be assessed. It will be after this stage that confirmation of your success will be made.


Our training structure

The School Direct Course is based on a practical approach to teacher training.

Each trainee will be given a placement school of which you will spend four days a week gaining experience and knowledge, with the help of your own mentor, in a real life setting. You will then spend one day of the week on alternate weeks in University in order to progress your knowledge academically. The other day is assigned to group learning within a school setting. Throughout this experience, each trainee will produce a ‘Standards/Evidence File’ which will contain all of your knowledge that you have gained within the School Direct Cohort. This will then prepare you for your University Assessments of which this determines your School Direct Finalised Grade, with the succession of a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Throughout the duration of the programme, each trainee will have a total of two placements, each with their own individual structure. This gives the trainees’ the chance to observe and experience two different styles of teaching which can all be collated for evidence and used within each individual’s teaching career. Each placement will be decided by the Derbyshire Partnership for Learning, Lead School.


Where to Find Us

Ladycross Infant School, the Lead School for the Derbyshire Partnership for Learning is strategically placed just 1 mile from junction 25 of the M1 and the A52 with links Derby and Nottingham. The University of Derby is on the outskirts of Derby.

Full directions can be found here:

Ladycross Infant School

University of Derby

For further information about the Alliance contact Mary Shishefar, Business Development Manager: