School Direct

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School Direct

School Direct courses are based on schools looking to directly train newly qualified teachers (NQTs). 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.

Types of training places and funding:

There are 2 types of School Direct training places available.

School Direct (tuition fee) places

These places are open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. Trainees may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship.

School Direct (salaried) places

These places are aimed mainly at graduates with 3 or more years’ work experience and trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher.

Both routes carry the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and some may also lead to the award of a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

The WLTA will become a provider of School Direct recruitment places in partnership with Roehampton University from September 2018. More details to follow soon.