If you're a graduate and have been working for around three years, School Direct (salaried) courses are available exclusively for you. 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 during your training. Schools recruit you as a trainee with a job in mind just for you.
School Direct (salaried)
School Direct (salaried) courses normally take a year to complete. This is a great choice if you want to stay in the world of work, as you’ll be employed as an unqualified teacher during your training while you learn ‘on the job’. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be thrown straight in at the deep end or expected to work things out for yourself.
As a School Direct (salaried) trainee, you’ll be surrounded by experienced teachers and mentors to support you from the start. The school you’re with won’t ask you to teach classes unsupported until they think you’re ready.
The principles of academic rigour on School Direct (salaried) are the same as on university-led courses, too. 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.
The amount you earn will be dependent on the school you train in and the subject you’re teaching. This year, a number of schools are offering an enhanced salary (Excel, 73KB) of up to £25,000 to trainees in maths, physics and computing.
In some cases, schools may accept applications from high quality candidates with fewer than three years’ work experience. This does not have to be from a career in education, but generally applies to the years following graduation. Please ask the schools you are interested in applying to about their recruitment arrangements.
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