School Direct: Secondary Programme

“I love working in education and I hope that I pass on my motivation, enthusiasm and experience to new teachers.”
Sue MarshSecondary Programme Lead
Secondary Programme Lead - Sue Marsh

About Sue

Sue’s role as the Secondary School Direct lead is to guide you through every step of your PGCE. She will be there from your interview day, at our TIE Hub sessions, make visits during your placements and will be celebrating alongside you at your QTS graduation. She will be there to answer your questions, ensure you feel supported and find the best placement schools for you. During your placement time, Sue will come and observe your teaching and provide feedback to help you become the best teacher you can be! She will also lead your TIE Hub time as you receive CPD and training from guest lectures alongside other TIE trainees.

Trinity is a rapidly expanding Institute of Education, and amongst the largest in the region. Our list of partner schools is constantly evolving. Key priorities for us are to ensure that our trainees successfully qualify, are equipped and motivated to be outstanding teachers and that they secure a teaching post. Our support for trainees goes beyond what you might expect and we’re proud that, on average, 97% of our trainees secure employment ahead of course completion. This is exciting and rewarding evidence of the quality of TIE’s training and support!

Secondary Subjects

Our secondary programme is designed to ensure that you accumulate the skills, knowledge, insight and experience you need for a successful career in secondary education. We offer a variety of secondary-based programmes in a variety of subjects, including some salaried places for shortage subjects (currently maths, physics and chemistry).

* You will need a relevant degree to access these courses. See entry requirements section.

How will I train?

Our bespoke one year programme is varied, challenging and motivating. Your time on our course will be divided between our TIE Hub, University sessions and your placement schools. This will allow you to apply the knowledge you are learning in a practical setting, try out new ideas and develop your teaching style while receiving feedback from professional mentors to ensure you become the best teacher you can be.


Around 26% of your time during the training year will be spent at TIE Hub sessions.

During your time at the TIE Hub, you will learn alongside other trainees on your course while attending lessons lead by partner school speakers and TIE staff. Sue will be there on each of these days, so you can ask any questions and talk about your experiences at your placement school.

Placement Schools

Around 67% of your time during the training year will be spent within placement schools.

Days in your placement school allow you to gain practical experience, applying the knowledge you’re learning on the course in real-time. You can either choose your own placement school (if you’re a teaching assistant you can train in the same school you work within) or, Sue will arrange your placement schools for you. Sue will always consider where you live so that your placement schools are local to you!

University of Huddersfield

Around 7% of your time during the training year will be spent at the University. 

Your time at the university will focus on specific subject knowledge in your chosen topic, allowing you to become outstanding in your field.

During your training, you will experience the following:

  • observation of skilled teachers at work in the classroom, followed by reflection and discussion
  • placements in two contrasting examples of our high-quality partner schools, with support from a skilled and dedicated mentor.
  • workshops, tutorials, lectures, guest speakers and small group work.
  • experience in SEN and PRU placements with support from your mentor.
  • weekly learning, training, study and assignments covering all aspects of education and pedagogy (eg the National Curriculum, how to prepare, plan and structure lessons; questioning techniques; special needs and behaviour management) and everything a successful teacher needs to know, be and do.


Click the button below to hear from our Secondary Alumni. From career changers to trainees who joined straight after uni, we hope you find their stories inspiring!