Harrington Nursery School

Harrington Nursery School


Harrington Street, Pear Tree, DERBY, Derbyshire, DE23 8PE


01332 769821

What is School Direct?

School Direct

Do you want to inspire young children to love learning?

In a few months, you could be changing lives of your children as a trainee teacher!

School Direct is a school-led teacher training course that gives you, high-quality graduates, a one year school based programme, run in conjunction with The University of Warwick, which allows you to be a part of the teaching team within a school from day one. 

All our placement schools are in and around the Derby and Derbyshire areas.  All the training days take place locally at Harrington Nursery School, Derby and University of Warwick Teaching Fellows come to us.  What more could you want, training with one of the best Universities in the world in your local area.

This Postgraduate Certificate in Education; early years school direct programme leads to qualified teacher status and together with 60 masters credits. This programme focuses on 2-7 year olds and early years is the foundation and learning.

The programme will prepare you fully for the practical demands of teaching, learning from experienced outstanding teachers and immediately put your new skills into practice.  

School Direct routes enable you to work within a school and train in the classroom, supported by qualified teachers and mentors. It is expected (not guaranteed) that you will continue to be employed by the school after you gain your teaching qualification.

If you are up for a fun, challenging and rewarding career, teaching could be for you.

If this is something that you are interested in and would like to know more see below and please contact us with any questions or support of how to apply.

The Training Programme

Training With Us You Will:

  • Train with a small group of other likeminded people

  • Get a personalised learning experience

  • Train in a range of great Derby City Schools & settings for the whole training year

  • Be trained by inspirational teachers

  • Get hands on experience of what works in the classroom, so you can become confident, successful & happy NQT's

  • Work in partner schools & settings, teaching in Derby's wonderfully diverse communities

  • Train with one of the best Universities in the World and the sessions based in Derby rather than travelling to Warwick

  • Be supported into employment, application forms, personal statements, interview practice & vacancy matching

  • Get great support from tutors & mentors on hand & help your confidence grow

  • Get great support from other trainees, forming a Whatsapp Group and helping each other along the way

Our innovative and integrated programme is at the cutting edge of teacher training. Designed in collaboration with The University of Warwick, which has a long established reputation, we aim to produce outstanding reflective practitioners who can provide creative, challenging and purposeful teaching and learning.

Working together we have integrated all aspects of the course, sharing the development and teaching of the programme and guaranteeing access to outstanding expertise in a variety of areas.

We offer enhanced training for professional studies, building inclusive practitioners, skilled in Special Educational Needs, English as an additional language, behaviour for learning and closing the achievement gap.  We harness expertise from our strategic partners.

You will be in school from the first day of the school year so you will be treated like a member of staff and attend staff meetings and development days. In your school you will be assigned a mentor and you will be supervised by a professional mentor.  You will also be supported through visits from a University Link Tutor. 

You will spend most of your school year in one host school, gradually increasing the amount of time spent in the role of a teacher, working closely with an experienced and skilled practitioner and mentor.  

Then you will go onto another host school for a term for a second placement, this will be a different age group and a contrast to your first placement to gain further experience and opportunities.

Your training will take place every other week based at Harrington Nursery School.  During these unprecedented times, the training sessions may take place virtually rather than at Harrington Nursery School. This training can also be shaped around your needs and the programme can be added to throughout the year to ensure you are getting out of it and learning what you had hoped to. 

There are no formal examinations.

Why train with us?

Harrington Nursery School is an 'outstanding' school with a vast array of experiences between the staff team, who can offer you, our graduates, the high quality opportunities for the foundations of your teacher training. 

The University of Warwick is ranked as the top university in the Midlands and one of the top ten in the UK.  The University has been named the University of the Year, committed to providing you with the very best training and has a long history of delivering high-quality teacher training.  The difference with our offer is that you do not need to travel to the University but the lecturers will travel to Derby to train you.  So you are being trained by an 'Outstanding' Higher Education Provider in your local area.

You will gain excellent Early Years and Key Stage One teaching experience for the foundation of your teaching career, whilst training with one of the best Universities in the UK.


Other Benefits ....

  • Job Satisfaction - enthuse others about your subject

  • Impact - raise the aspirations of the next generation

  • Job Security - there is a high demand for teachers

  • Additional Money - if you take on extra responsibilities

  • Pension - the second largest public sector pension scheme in the country

  • Flexibility - the opportunity to be with your family during school holidays

  • Housing - key workers may be eligible to join home ownership schemes

  • Travel - opportunity to teach in international schools all over the world

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