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Salaried Route

School Direct Training Programme (Salaried) is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You will earn a salary while you train.  We offer this route through a partnership with Merseyside, Cheshire & Greater Manchester Teacher Training Consortium which is an accredited provider for specialist employment based Initial Teacher Training.  Formerly known as The Merseyside and Cheshire Graduate Teacher Programme Consortium the provision has been in existence since 2002. Over the past fourteen years the Consortium has worked in close partnership with more than three hundred schools across North West England to recruit and train over 600 high quality Early Years, Primary and Secondary teachers. The Consortium is proud of the high employment and retention rates of the teachers who have trained and successfully gained Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with them and their partner schools.


If you decide to apply for the School Direct Training Programme (salaried) route, you will take part in a twelve month employment-based programme and earn a salary while you train. 

The programme begins with required attendance at an Induction week in August 2017 running from Monday 14th August until Friday 18th August.  This will be held at The Heath Business and Technical Park in Runcorn.

You will need the support of an employing school which, if your application is successful, will become one of Matthew Arnold’s partner schools for the duration of the programme, which is from the first day of the Autumn Term 2017 until the end of the Summer Term 2018. Training takes place within a Trainee’s employing school.  You will also participate in training sessions in Runcorn at which attendance is required and for which you will be released from your employing school.  You will also spend a minimum of six weeks in an alternative setting/school in order to comply with ITT regulations.   


To qualify to apply for a place on the School Direct Training Programme (Salaried) with MAITT and the Merseyside, Cheshire and Greater Manchester Consortium a candidate must at the time of application:

  • Have not previously failed a QTS programme.
  • Hold GCSE Grade C or above, or an equivalency test awarded by a recognised Higher Education Institution, in Mathematics, English and Science.
  • Hold a quality Degree 2:2 or above, or anticipate the award of a degree at a minimum level of 2:2 and in a relevant subject. (If undertaking a degree course at the time of application it must be awarded by 1st August 2017. The Consortium will require an indication of predicted grade from awarding institutions to be submitted separately to the standard application form).
  • Be able to demonstrate eligibility to work in the UK as teacher for the duration of their programme.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years career experience. Part time work while studying for a degree is NOT acceptable.
  • Have demonstrable and extensive experience of working with children/young people in a classroom environment across the appropriate age and ability range.


On receipt of application

Potential candidates will be then contacted and asked to submit additional details about their teaching experience and other information to support their application and aid the selection process prior to short listing.

Short listed applicants will be called for interview

They must have registered for their professional skills test before their interview and if subsequently offered a place on the programme successfully completed the tests within 28 days of the offer.