School Direct courses are based on the skills providers are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). Designed by groups of schools in partnership with a university or a school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) provider, the schools recruit you as a trainee with a job in mind just for you. This is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.
School Direct courses generally last a year, and you’ll train in at least two good schools.
This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.
The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. You’re also equally eligible for a training bursary (or, where appropriate, scholarship) and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans. School Direct courses all result in qualified teacher status (QTS). Most also award you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or Master’s-level credits, but you should check individual courses on the UCAS Teacher Training site.
These combined factors mean that school-led courses have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction. And, with the expansion of School Direct, the chances to train locally are better than ever – wherever you live in England, there should be a School Direct partnership nearby.
If you have been working for around three years or more and like the idea of School Direct, but want to earn a salary, School Direct (salaried) is available exclusively for you.
We are often asked questions about school-led training, and there are some misconceptions that arise frequently – find out more on our myth-busting page. You can also speak to a Get Into Teaching Line adviser on Freephone 0800 389 2500.
90% of newly qualified teachers rate their training highly
9 out of 10 newly qualified teachers were employed within six months of completing training
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