This school-led option offers practical, hands-on training and education based in good schools across the country. School Direct courses are designed by groups of schools – with a university or a SCITT – based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). The schools recruit you as a trainee onto their School Direct course 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 you’ll train in at least two schools.
This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’, and 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, where appropriate, scholarship) and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans. Most School Direct courses also include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or master’s-level credits – you can check the exact details of individual courses on the UCAS teacher training site.
These combined factors mean that school-led courses have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction. And, with the expansion of School Direct, the chances to train locally are better than ever – wherever you live in England, there should be a School Direct partnership nearby.
We are often asked questions about school-led training, and there are some misconceptions that arise frequently – find out more on our myth-busting page. You can also speak to a Teaching Line adviser on Freephone 0800 389 2500.
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- 01 June 2015 AT 08:15
This is an ideal opportunity for anyone who has applied or is seeking experience in a secondary school prior to applying to train to teach.Bingham, Nottinghamshire Open
- 01 June 2015 AT 14:00
Come along to this event to learn more about training to teach in our alliance of Wirral schools.Wirral Open
- 02 June 2015 AT 09:00
A taster day to find out if secondary school teaching may be for you.Braintree Open
Teach, train and research – careers evening for maths and physics PhD researchers and graduates into teaching02 June 2015 AT 17:30
This information evening is aimed at PhD students and post-doctoral researchers interested in pursuing a rewarding career in teaching.Kingsbridge, Devon Open