School Direct

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 result in qualified teacher status (QTS) – most also award you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or Master’s-level credits.

You’ll train in at least two good schools, getting the chance to 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 scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.

Want to earn a salary?

If you’ve been working for 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. Alternatively, you could get paid to train with Teach First.

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Upcoming events

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Train to Teach London

14 October 2017 10:00

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

London

Train to Teach Cardiff

17 October 2017 16:30

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

Cardiff

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.

Birmingham

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.

York