Spring Bank Primary School

Schools Direct 2017-18

Spring Board

Welcome to the Springboard cluster of schools. Our cluster is recruiting through UCAS from October 26th 2017 for School Direct fee route trainees to start in September 2018. We are ten primary schools working together with Leeds Beckett University to deliver high quality School Direct primary school teacher training for the 3-7 and 5-11 phases. We are geographically close but offer a huge diversity of schools reflecting our growing city. Training with our cluster will provide you with an excellent foundation to a successful career in teaching.


What we are looking for

Qualities we are looking for

Our trainees need to have:

  • Good communication skills, both oral and written;
  • A commitment to teaching and learning;
  • A desire to teach and inspire young people;
  • Patience and empathy;
  • A willingness to work hard;
  • An awareness of professional and educational issues;
  • An ability to work at Masters Level.


Why train with us?

Spring Bank Primary is the Lead School of ten primary schools around the Headingley, Woodhouse, Kirkstall  and Alwoodley  areas  of Leeds working in partnership with  Leeds Beckett  University to provide high quality training for School Direct applicants for many years.  The group of schools, known as the Springboard Cluster, comprises Spring Bank Primary (Lead School), Shire Oak C of E  Primary,  Weetwood Primary,  Brodetsky Primary,  Little London Primary, Burley St Matthias C of E Primary, Kirkstall St Stephens C of E Primary, Brudenell Primary, Quarry Mount Primary, and Kirkstall Valley Primary.

The Springboard Cluster has the great strength of diversity in its makeup. The ten primary schools are different in size, cultural background and socio-economic profile providing our trainee students with a varied and valuable training experience. By training in schools with such contrasting intakes of children your professional development will be accelerated,  improving and widening  your professional options as a teacher.  The Lead School, Spring Bank Primary, is in the heart of Headingley  and has many years  successful  experience  training teachers,  including  the  School Direct route. Many of our trainees have been employed as teachers in cluster schools in previous years.

The collective resources of the Springboard cluster are used to benefit the trainees. Schools with an area of outstanding   practice lead enhancement training days; during the day all the trainees in the cluster meet together at one of the schools for school based training involving children and the school staff. Training in behaviour, teaching EAL children,  phonics,  ICT, planning and  assessment  are just a few of the areas covered.

All of the schools have experienced and committed school mentors to support the professional training of School Direct trainees who are seen as part of the school team. Trainees in the Springboard cluster are able to form a supportive team enhanced by the close geographic proximity of both the schools and Leeds Beckett  University. The ethos of the cluster is one of mutual support and development with a very positive approach to teacher training.

Leeds Beckett  University  has a proven track record of recruiting and training high quality candidates for their teacher training courses and of securing successful employment at the end of training. Experienced link tutors effectively support trainees throughout their year and work closely in partnership with the Springboard cluster  to the benefit of trainees.

Find out more about School Direct and the Springboard cluster by coming along to one of our Open Evening events when you can meet teachers who have been trained and employed  on this course and talk with current trainees. Look on the Spring Bank Primary School website for dates and times.


Contact us at Spring Bank Primary, Spring Road, Leeds LS6 1AD  0113 204 3120

Email:  m.brawley@springbankprimary.org

Michael Brawley (Head)  Tracey Baruah (Lead Practitioner)


About This Training Programme

  1. Professional Qualification

Our training course will include a PGCE from Leeds Beckett University in Primary Education and will cover from age 3-11. Part of the PGCE involves 3 masters credit modules, which will be led by University staff.

Students will also be members of Leeds Beckett University and as such be able to access facilities such as the Library, Learning Support etc.

  1. Fees

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2017/18 is £9000.

  1. Funding

View Funding information on training provider’s website.

  1. Course Content

During the course you will study 3 modules at Masters level, as well as undertaking taught sessions designed to support your progress to the achievement of Qualified Teacher Status. Masters modules will focus upon your development as a professional, your subject competence and the opportunity for you to undertake a small research study on as aspect of your teaching.

You will receive weekly observations of your teaching supported by your school mentors as well as undertaking 3 formal progression assessments at the end of each term to ensure that you are making progress to the attainment of the standards required for Qualified Teacher Status.


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Entry Requirements

  1. GCSE

All applicants must have grade C passes in GCSE English Language, Maths and a Science (or equivalent) before making their application. Key Skills, Functional Skills and the Certificate in Adult Numeracy/Literacy are not accepted in place of GCSEs.

  1. Degree
  2. Applicants normally need a UK undergraduate 2:1 or 1st class Honours degree or recognised equivalent. However a 2:2 together with evidence of substantial experience may be considered.
  3. Other Qualifications

Applicants must have passed the Professional Skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before starting the course. Further information about registering for and completing these tests can be found on the Department for Education website:  www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/apply-for-teacher-training/skills-tests

You should look to complete both tests as soon as you have submitted your application. We encourage you to use the practice material available on the DfE website to help you decide whether you are ready to book a live test or whether you should undertake further preparation prior to taking the test.