School-led training

Across England there are school-led training options for graduates who want hands-on training in a school. On a school-led training course, you’ll get the chance to learn on the job in at least two schools, learning from experienced colleagues. You’ll be putting your new skills into practise from day one while you gain qualified teacher status (QTS), and most courses also offer a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). 

School-led courses generally last a year and result in the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). Most courses include a postgraduate certificate in education – or PGCE, which is likely to carry with it Master’s-level credits. You'll be able to check the exact details of individual courses for 2018, such as if they offer a PGCE, on UCAS Teacher Training from October.  

When it comes to choosing a school, it’s worth bearing in mind its location so you can plan accordingly. Attending events hosted by local providers can help you get a better understanding of the different factors you need to consider. Find events in your area.   

You could get a £26k tax-free bursary to train as a teacher 

There is lots of financial support available to help fund school-led training. Depending on your degree class and the subject you want to teach, you could be eligible for a generous tax-fee bursary or scholarship. If not, you’ll still have access to a tuition fee and maintenance loan to cover your training.

School-led courses are referred to as the SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) programme and School Direct training programme, and you should use these terms when you search for a course. Whichever course you choose, your training experience will be the same. 

You now have the opportunity to train on an accelerated programme, usually over two terms, or part-time over a longer period – usually two years.

Applications for teacher training starting in September 2018 open on 26 October. There's plenty you can do now to prepare a great application - find out more

Earn a salary while you train

You’ll receive a combination of classroom teaching, practical training and a salary - while you train to become a qualified teacher with School Direct (salaried) or the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship. Trainees on both salaried programmes will be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher. The salary awarded will differ between schools; you should check the salary with the school before you apply for either salaried routes.

The Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships includes 20% of your time allocated to off-the-job training, to enhance your teaching theory and practice. You’ll also complete an end-point assessment (EPA) after the summer, which will independently be assessed for quality assurance. 

Both these training courses are ideal if you are already working at or have an existing relationship with a school and want to take the next step.

You can find either of these courses on UCAS Teacher Training, from 24 October, by selecting ‘School Direct (salaried) training programme’ in all training programme field. Available Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship courses will be listed with the suffix ‘PG teaching apprenticeships’, without this suffix they’ll be School Direct (salaried). 

Alternatively, if you’re a graduate or career changer with a 2:1 or above, you could earn a salary with Teach First

You can call us on Freephone 0800 389 2500 between 8am and 8pm to discuss if school-led training is right for you.


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Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Birmingham

25 October 2017 15:00

This event in Birmingham will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Train to Teach York

31 October 2017 16:30

This event in York will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Train to Teach Edge Hill University

01 November 2017 15:00

This event in Liverpool will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Train to Teach Newcastle

02 November 2017 16:30

This event in Newcastle will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.