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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 Coventry

06 December 2016 16:30

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

Coventry

Advice for international applicants

06 December 2016 18:30

You can train as a teacher in England even if you are not from the UK. Join this online session to receive helpful advice from our expert teaching advisers about funding, gaining school experience, and converting your qualifications from abroad.

Aspire Teaching School Alliance School Direct information evening and application workshop

05 December 2016 18:00

Information about our primary train to teach School Direct programme with an application workshop.

Basingstoke

Teach in Medway information evening

05 December 2016 18:00

Teach in Medway information evening for 2017 applications.

Chatham