What our Trainees say

Here's what some of our trainees who trained on the School Direct programme to date have to say about our School Direct training programme:

Laura James, Trainee Teacher  "From as early as my initial interview with the Delta I felt encouraged by their ethos and interpretation of the School Direct Programme. As a career changer, having spent the last 5 years working in event management and hospitality, I found it a challenge to fulfil all the criteria to be considered for other training routes. The Delta however prioritised my drive and passion for teaching above the amount of classroom experience I had obtained. They are looking for candidates with the potential to become outstanding teachers.
The training is in depth, varied and highly relevant as it is delivered by existing teachers within the Trust. I feel as though the programme has been tailored to meet my every individual need on my journey into teaching and I am enjoying every moment!" 

Ryan Hall, Trainee Teacher  "I joined the School Direct programme with Delta in September 2013.  Two months into my placement and I found the whole experience very enjoyable.  The staff in school were very helpful and insightful.  I learnt a great deal from being in school, and knew where to go if I encountered any problems.  I would whole heartedly recommend students, who want to embark in the world of teaching, to apply for a Delta school." 

Ben Heritage, Trainee Teacher   "The School Direct route has been a steep learning curve but a great route into teaching. I am based in a hugely supportive school and working alongside an outstanding teacher."

Kirsty Longden is a School Direct (salaried) trainee with Delta Academies Trust and Sheffield Hallam University.  Kirsty began her training in September 2014 and tells us about her experience of the course so far.

“Following a career in retail management, I decided to study English Literature at Sheffield Hallam University, with the overall aim of becoming a secondary English teacher. Alongside studying for my degree, I worked part time as a Teaching Assistant which I found both rewarding and inspiring.  When I heard that Delta Academies Trust was offering teacher training through School Direct, I was eager to apply.
In my opinion, there is no better way to learn than ‘on the job’.  The option to earn a salary whilst training opened up this opportunity for me.”

I am based in my academy four days per week.  During this time I plan and deliver lessons, assess student work and observe other teachers and lessons. Early next year, I will take the opportunity to train in a second academy within Delta, this will aid my development in terms of providing me with an additional teaching experience.  I spend every Friday at Sheffield Hallam University alongside other School Direct and teacher trainees; it is here that we learn about the theory of teaching, and work towards gaining a PGCE, which can also contribute to the first third of a masters degree.”

There is lots of support available whilst training through School Direct; I have a school-based mentor who checks in with me on a daily basis, we meet on a one-to-one basis every week to discuss my training needs.  Also, Delta runs various training sessions throughout the year; led by outstanding teachers and specialist leaders of education, each session covers a different area of focus.  I have already been able to use several strategies in my own classroom practice.”