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School Direct

School Direct is an innovative training opportunity that gives schools the power to influence the way in which ITT is delivered and ensures the best potential teachers are recruited to the profession.

The main aim of School Direct

To allow schools to recruit and select the trainees they want with the expectation that they will then go on to work within the school or group of schools in which they have been trained.

School Direct has expanded and now offers two types of training places; the School Direct Training Programme and the School Direct Training Programme (salaried) which will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS)

There will be no standard model for School Direct training, but you can expect to spend the majority of your time training in the classroom, helping to build your confidence in a school environment and receiving mentoring support. Courses should generally last for one year full-time.


How much will School Direct salaried pay me?

The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) will usually be open to graduates with three or more years’ career experience. Trainees will be employed as an unqualified teacher with a salary subsidised by the Teaching Agency which is approximately £15800. Fees are subsidised by the schools and vary from £2,500.00 - £4,500.00


How much will School Direct unsalaried cost?

Trainees on a School Direct fee-paying course will have to pay tuition fees to cover the cost of the course, but home and EU trainees will be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of these fees and will not have to pay anything back until they are earning over £21,000 per annum.

Tuition fees will vary depending on the institution and the maximum fee you can be charged is £9,250. In addition, substantial tax free bursaries are available in certain subjects.


What qualifications do I need?

You must have a UK university degree or a recognised equivalent qualification and to train as a teacher on any programme you must achieve a standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics


Further information is available on the  UCAS and the Get Into Teaching websites