School-led training

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 receive a combination of classroom teaching and practical training to ensure you become an effective teacher. Additionally, you could receive a tax-free £26k bursary or salary while you train. 

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 should check the exact details of individual courses, such as if they offer a PGCE, on UCAS Teacher Training.

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

Depending on your degree class and the subject you want to teach, you could be eligible for a generous tax-fee bursary or scholarship. With or without a bursary or scholarship, you could access a tuition fee and maintenance loan to cover your training.

Earn a salary while you train

You could earn a salary while you train with School Direct (salaried) or the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship. 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 – find out more.

Search and apply for school-led courses

When you’re ready, you apply via UCAS Teacher Training. To search for courses, school-led courses are referred to as the SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) programme or School Direct training programme, you should use these terms when you search for courses on UCAS. If you’re interested in a salaried course, either with with School Direct (salaried) or Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeships, you should use the term School Direct (salaried) programme for both. Available Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship courses will be listed with the suffix ‘PG teaching apprenticeships’, without this suffix they’ll be School Direct (salaried). 


Tips on choosing the right provider 


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 Manchester

25 November 2017 10:00

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


Train to Teach Sunderland

28 November 2017 16:30

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


Train to Teach University of Hull

29 November 2017 16:00

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


Professional skills tests

27 November 2017 18:30

Join this online event for advice on the professional skills tests you need to pass before starting your teacher training.