What are the benefits of training to teach with Dixons?

By being trained in an academy you are in lessons, observing great teachers and working in your department, from the start of your course. You can experiment and reflect on what you learn about teaching and see other teachers doing the same. You also become part of an academy and a departmental team much quicker and appreciate how academies work, drawing on examples from across our range of academies.


Will I get thrown in at the deep end, teaching difficult classes by myself early on?

You are part of a department/year team from the start and receive intensive support from experienced teachers in the classroom. You will work with one nominated class from the very start of the course, so that you are in lessons weekly and gaining confidence and experience straight away. However, you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the academy thinks you are ready.


Will I only train in one academy – I want something broader than this?

To become a qualified teacher, you have to take training placements in two schools. Trainees will train in at least two academies within the Dixons MAT, with one longer placement to allow you to establish yourself. We take into account personal circumstance when organising placements in other academies.


Is there less academic or theoretical training? Will I get a PGCE?

You will spend time receiving ‘academic’ training, and although this takes place in an academy it is comparable to the university-led route. Our approach is to use research to inform our programme and each subject has an agreed curriculum and knowledge audit to ensure that you have a rigorous grasp of your subject. Dixons courses result in a Masters level qualification (a PGCE), as well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


Is there any guarantee of a job in a Dixons Academy at the end of the course?

We are constantly looking for the best teachers to teach our students and believe that our new programme will grow our own teachers to the highest standard. You will be well placed to gain employment in one of our 9 schools. You will get to know our schools through the programme and we provide opportunities for you to meet the principals of each school and be interviewed by them where vacancies arise.


Would training with one Multi Academies Trust disadvantage me in gaining employment in another school or MAT?

Many non-Dixons schools in the area choose to stay in partnership with us because of the high quality training that we offer. Dixons City’s 20 year reputation as a teacher training school is recognised across the region and nationally. Training with Dixons gives you that advantage and we ensure that you have the skills and breadth of knowledge and understanding to be confident to work in any school environment – and be an asset!


Will I receive the same level of financial support that I would following a university-led path to teaching?

School-led financial support is the same as for the traditional university-led path.


Is School Direct the same as Teach First?

School Direct is different from Teach First. Teach First trains outstanding graduates in selected challenging schools. You apply directly to Teach First and are placed in schools by them. School Direct ITT programmes are run from schools of all types across the country. You apply for School Direct programmes through UCAS Teacher Training.


Are SCITTs the same as School Direct?

SCITTs are schools or organisations which have been given government approval to accredit their own training courses, independent from a university although many still chose to work with one. School Direct programmes offer school-based training in partnership with a university. Not all School Direct programmes are 100% school-based but ours is.


Our partners are:

  • Bradford Birth to 19 for Primary
  • Leeds Trinity University (School Direct) for all other subjects