School Direct

Our educational mission is simple: ANY young person from ANY background deserves an EQUAL chance to be successful in whatever they choose to do. The trust is committed to supporting young people to open doors to their futures and to feel confident that they can thrive in a competitive world.From January 2018 all schools in the partnership will be part of the same Multi-Academy Trust. The Lionheart Academies Trust seeks to develop teachers to work within our partnership and provide our students with teaching that secures academic excellence and holistic development. Our partners work closely together allowing us to provide development opportunities in all our schools.We aim to provide you with an excellent experience, developing your subject specialism and approach to teaching in collaboration with an expert team of teaching staff.Our partnership with University of Leicester ensures that you are supported by an experienced team of academic tutors. Our in-school mentors will provide you with the support and guidance you need on your journey to becoming an excellent classroom practitioner.


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Physics
  • Physics with Maths
  • Religious Education
  • Social Sciences


Our Schools

  • We are a growing Leicester based partnership currently consisting of three secondary schools:
  • Beauchamp College, an 11-19 school in Oadby (Lead School)
  • The Cedars Academy, an 11-19 school in Birstall
  • Judgemeadow Community College, an 11-16 school in Evington

We are currently in the process of welcoming new schools into The Trust.

There are three primary schools in The Trust:

  • Riverside
  • Hallam Fields
  • Highcliffe Academy


Find out more

If you would like to find out more about what we can offer, please contact James McKenna at Beauchamp College


Please explore our websites to find out more about us:


School Direct

The Secondary PGCE School Direct course in partnership with University of Leicester is divided into two halves, Phase A and Phase B, each with clearly delineated priorities to guide progress towards successful completion.

Learning is underpinned by the Professional Studies Programme which is shared between the school setting and University of Leicester.


School Placements

You will undertake two secondary teaching placements in our Partnership Schools. You will have the opportunity to work in diverse inner city and rural environments, with learners from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds. We try to place students in contrasting schools to ensure you have a rich and varied experience in your initial training year.

The placements are referred to as ‘Phase A’ and ‘Phase B’ placements.

Phase A

Your first placement is the ‘Phase A’ placement. You will attend 2 induction day visits to your Partnership School. You will then spend 44 days in this school. You will build on existing experience and develop new skills with support from the school’s Co-ordinator for Initial Teacher Training and the subject Co-tutor who will oversee your professional development during the placement.

Phase B

This will start in either February or March and will involve 55 days in your placement school. The Phase B school has a Co-ordinator and Co-tutor who have similar roles and responsibilities as those in the ‘Phase A’ School.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.


Professional Studies Programme

The Professional Studies Programme runs throughout the academic year and forms the core of the Secondary PGCE programme. The Professional Studies Programme is compulsory for student teachers from all subject areas.

The Professional Studies Programme will introduce you to a wide range of generic professional issues, organised into three strands that run throughout the PGCE year:

  • Reflective Practice
  • Career Development
  • Professional Values
  • Academic Skills Development

In addition to the compulsory programme, you will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of optional sessions. This allows you to tailor your training to meet your own needs as you develop as a teacher. Previous optional sessions have included:

  • Using Your Voice Effectively
  • Understanding Autism
  • Teaching Sport
  • Classroom Management
  • Preparing for an Interview

In addition, subsidiary courses may run during the weeks you are at the University as an additional option. In the past these have covered ‘Teaching English as an Additional Language’ and ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.



Continuous assessment is used throughout the course and there are no examination papers set by the University.

Successful completion of the course leads to either:

the Postgraduate Certificate in Education and 60 credits at Level 7 awarded by the University of Leicester and Qualified Teacher Status awarded by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) or the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education awarded by the University of Leicester and Qualified Teacher Status awarded by NCTL

Students must:

follow the course satisfactorily in terms of attendance, participation and completion of set work reach pass standard both in written assignments and in practical teaching demonstrate that they have met all three Assessment Areas and Teachers’ Standards laid down by NCTL.

Judgements about progress are made jointly by University staff and by school colleagues. Continuous assessment ensures early identification of any difficulties so that appropriate action can be taken. End of course ‘failure’ is consequently very rare and our student teachers are often commended for their significant achievements.





0116 272 9100

James McKenna

Assistant Principal