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School Direct (salaried)

On this school-led option, you’re selected directly by the school or partnership of schools you apply to – and you’ll earn a salary while you train. Schools recruit you as a trainee with a job in mind just for you.

School Direct (salaried) courses normally take a year to complete, and are a great choice if you want to stay in the world of work. You’ll be employed as an unqualified teacher while you learn ‘on the job’, and supported by experienced teachers and mentors throughout your training.

The cost of your training to achieve QTS is covered by the school – check with your training provider to find out if this also includes a PGCE and/or Master’s-level credits.


To train on School Direct (salaried), you need to have three years’ work experience – this doesn’t have to be from a career in education. Please ask the schools you are interested in applying to about their recruitment arrangements – some may accept applications from high-quality candidates with less experience.


The amount you earn will be dependent on the school you train in and the subject you’re teaching. A number of schools offer an enhanced salary of up to £25,000 to trainees in maths and physics – check with the school before you apply to see if they offer this higher rate.

Remember, tax-free bursaries and scholarships of up to £30,000 are available in some subjects. This may make better financial sense to you than a School Direct (salaried) course, where you’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher.

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Teach First – career changer drop-in session

30 August 2016 12:00

Meet with a Teach First recruiter to learn more about the Leadership Development Programme.


Keele and North Staffordshire Primary SCITT open evening

01 September 2016 16:30

Meet with our SCITT team and find out more about our PGCE with QTS and assessment only programmes.

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Teach First: Apply First

01 September 2016 18:30

Evening presentation and workshops about how to make the best application to Teach First.


Middlesex University – PGCE Open Evening

07 September 2016 17:00

At Middlesex University, we give our graduates the confidence and skills to launch into their vocation and make a real difference to children’s lives.