School Direct is a route into teaching which is led by schools, working in close collaboration with Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers. Many Teaching Schools are part of this new programme, along with other outstanding schools. School Direct has two routes:
The School Direct Training Programme – often referred to as School Direct (fee-paying) – is open to graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary from the Teaching Agency (TA) – dependent on degree classification and/or subject - and a student loan. The information on bursaries can be found here.
The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) – often referred to as School Direct (salaried) - is an employment based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school. The Teaching Agency (TA) provides funding, which the school can use to subsidise the trainee’s salary and/or training.
- Degree: 2:2 (For secondary this should be in the subject to be taught or studied as a second subject at University).
- Two-three years full time employment; not necessarily in an education environment.
- Places are dependent on: a vacancy available within an academy in the trust and an allocated School Direct placement available.
The PGCE (Professional Graduate Certificate in Education) is a recognised teaching qualification for unqualified teachers in all areas of post-compulsory education. It can be taken at two levels the Certificate in Education or PGCE, both of which lead to Qualified Teacher, Learning and Skills status.
- Degree: 2:1 (For secondary this should be in the subject to be taught or taken as a second subject at University).
- Three years full time employment not necessarily in an education environment.
- Places are dependent on: a training place available within an academy in the federation, all tuition fees to be met by the trainee (student loans and or bursaries may be available for certain subjects see Department of Education website ‘School Direct’ pages) and an allocated School Direct (unsalaried) placement available.