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. School Direct courses generally last a year and all result in QTS.
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.
Eligibility and salary
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. Your training cost to achieve QTS is covered by the school – check with your training provider to find out if this also includes a PGCE.
Your work experience 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. In addition, some schools may accept applications from high-quality candidates with fewer than three years’ work experience.
Remember that generous tax-free bursaries and scholarships of up to £25,000 are available to train to teach 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. Find out more about non-salaried School Direct.
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.