School Direct

We offer enhanced Teacher Training for professional studies, building inclusive practitioners, skilled in Special Educational Needs, behaviour for learning and closing the achievement gap, harnessing expertise from our strategic partners.


From the first day of term you will be fully immersed in our staff teams and hit the ground running, attending staff meetings and development days. You will be mentored by a teacher and University 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. The course also involves placements in other schools.


There are no formal examinations however there will be regular assessments with your University tutor and school mentor.


Our mentors are good and outstanding teachers who will support you throughout your learning.

Why Train with us?

Alfreton Nursery School has been consistently outstanding for over 22 years and was accredited as a National Teaching School in September 2015 in recognition of its hard work and collective drive to constantly raise standards in school. As a lead school, our alliance is made up of 34 schools including Nursery Schools, Schools with an SEN Specialism, Infant Schools, Primary Schools and a Secondary School. Schools in our alliance cover Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Sheffield and Nottinghamshire.


Aldercar Infant & Nursery School

Alfreton Park Community Special School

Alfreton Nursery School

Bakewell Infant School

Blackwell Primary School

Bradway Primary School

Croft Infant School

David Nieper Academy

Elmsleigh Infant & Nursery School

Flagg Nursery School

Gamesley Early Excellence Centre

Hadfield Nursery School

Heanor Langley Infant School & Nursery

Heath Primary School

Holly Hill Primary & Nursery School

Langley Mill Infants School

Lea Primary School

Mickley Infant School

Morton Primary School

New Mills Nursery School

Pilsley Primary School

Pinxton Nursery School

Ripley Infant School

Ripley Nursery School

South Normanton Nursery School

South Wingfield Primary School

Spire Nursery & Infant School

St Giles Nursery School

Stonebroom Primary & Nursery School

Stretton Handley Primary School

Tansley Primary School

The Green Infant School

Wessington Primary School

Westhouses Primary School


The alliance provides opportunities for working in both urban and rural settings, within diverse communities. Our specialisms include Early Years, KS1, Primary, a Special Needs School, 3 Specialist Units and a Secondary School.


The rich opportunities available from working in staff teams within our alliance offers you, our graduates, the high quality opportunities for the foundations of your teaching career.


We work in partnership with The University of Derby and David Nieper Academy to innovate new ways of inspiring the next generation of teachers. Students have the opportunity to train and study alongside their peers during group sessions based at Derby University, David Nieper Academy and at Alfreton Nursery School.


We will inspire you to teach and look forward to hearing more about you.

Entry Requirements

You have graduated, or will graduate this year from a British University or College of Higher Education with a minimum 2:2 honours degree, preference is given to candidates with a 2:1 or higher. This includes overseas students with a qualification recognised as equivalent to a British honours degree in the above mentioned classifications.


On application you hold at least Grade C in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science gained prior to application. Other qualifications may be considered for equivalency.


For our primary places, candidates should have some experience of UK schools / Early Years settings to become familiar with the atmosphere and demands of 3 - 11 year olds. For our secondary places, candidates should have experience of working in UK secondary schools.


Candidates need to have a broad-based educational background and be able to read effectively and communicate clearly in standard English.


Trainees completing an Initial Teacher Training Programme must demonstrate the required competencies in the Fundamentals and English and Maths outlined by the Department for Education before Qualified Teacher Status is awarded.


The UCAS form requires candidates to provide the details of two referees. If candidates have studied within the last 5 years, an academic reference must be provided. Ideally, candidates should choose someone who can comment on their character and suitability to enter the teaching profession. The other reference should be a school or employer's reference. Please be aware that if references are not appropriate, they may delay the processing of your application.

What we are looking for?

Schools in our Alliance are seeking to select and train future excellent teachers. We are interested in graduates who; have a moral commitment to ensuring that children they teach achieve academic and personal success that enables them to widen their life chances and to be full members of their communities; seek to reduce inequality in the lives of young people; are passionate about the subject they apply to teach and about the learning of children, themselves and other professionals; bring their own life experiences and wisdom to enrich children's lives whilst being committed to learning from others. Have demonstrated their commitment to young people through voluntary or work experience; are committed to ALL the children in our schools and to teaching in a system that values diversity whilst recognising that for children to benefit from this they need to work hard and intelligently, have excellent communication skills (verbal and non verbal) have resilience and be problem-solvers who take responsibility for their own learning and the learning of others. They need to demonstrate a real passion for teaching, have the ability to form good and effective relationships, have reflective qualities, have an awareness of current issues in education, have energy and a sense of humour.

How we select our trainees

Applications are through UCAS application.


Remember this will be your opportunity to tell us why you want to teach and why you want learn with us. Make it clear what your beliefs and aspirations are in the personal statement on the UCAS application and what experiences you have working with children and how this has impacted on you and your thinking.


If you would like to come to visit Alfreton Nursery School and/or David Nieper Academy at any time during your application you would be very welcome, please contact us on 01773 520031 or via  If you require any further information prior to application, please do get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.