School Direct salaried or bursary led / tuition fee routes?

School Direct salaried is a school-based professional training programme aimed at recent graduates and career-changers. On the salaried programme you will be employed by your placement school on an unqualified teacher rate, whilst also following a PGCE programme.

On the Salaried route you are employed for a maximum of one year in a school. You are paid on the unqualified teacher pay spine. Your teaching commitment grows incrementally through the year as you develop as a teacher. You do not have to pay any fees for your training and you gain QTS status at the end of your training. 

The bursary-led, tuition fee route means that you will pay fees for your training course up to £9250 for PGCE with QTS or £7500 for QTS only, although there are generous tax free bursaries available for some subjects. You will not be employed by the school and will be supernumerary, undertaking much of your training in school, including sharing a timetable with a professional mentor and other colleagues in your department.

What qualifications do I need to apply for School Direct teacher training in the UK?

To be eligible for a salaried place, you will need some classroom experience, achieved either before or after receiving your degree. Your degree should be in (or related to) the subject you wish to teach, and GCSE English and Maths (or equivalent). Generally applicants will have a degree of 2:2 or higher although some providers will accept applicants with 3rd class degrees.

What other attributes should I have?

As with all things that are really worth doing in life, learning to teach is hard work. You will need determination, resilience and be prepared to work long hours. You will also need to get into the habit of reflecting on what went well and what can improve following (and during!) a lesson. Tough, yes, but for those people who choose to do it, it is the beginning of a great professional and personal journey.

Should I organise a visit to a school before applying?

If possible!  Your experience in schools will vary depending on your circumstances, but the more experience you have working and volunteering in schools, the better. However, we recognise that this isn’t always possible, especially if you are considering a career change into teaching. As part of your own decision-making process, you should ensure that you have had at least a week working in UK state schools before making your application. This should include some observation of teachers, possibly working with small groups of students, and discussing teaching with colleagues at the school. All our partner schools welcome visits, and many can arrange for work experience.

I have qualifications from overseas. How do I find out if they are equivalent to UK qualifications?

You can contact NARIC via their website. They will provide you with documentation to say that your qualifications are equivalent to ones in the UK. You need to do this in order to apply for teacher training.

What is the difference between QTS and PGCE?

QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) means that you have met the statutory requirements (The Teachers’ Standards) for teaching in the UK. You need QTS to be able to teach in maintained schools in the UK.

A PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate of Education) is an additional academic qualification which includes QTS. Your School Direct programme works towards QTS, with the possibility of also studying for a PGCE.

What will my teacher training course be like?

We think that the best place to train to be a teacher is in a school. You will join a dedicated team of professional teachers who are committed to developing their practice and the learning of their students. We always have a group of School Direct trainees, so you will be in good company. On the Salaried route, you will be employed at the school for four days a week. You will join your school and training provider for induction days ahead of the new school year, usually in July and September. Your timetable will include a number of your own classes in KS3, KS3 and 4 classes shared with your mentor (depending on your needs, these may be team-taught or observed), preparation periods, a reflection and planning session with your mentor, a group meeting with ITTCo (IIT Coordinator), and departmental and whole-school development. For one day a week you will join the other ITTs involved in your programme for a professional studies day at the accrediting university or SCITT. Some of the sessions will be subject-based (always a great place to swap ideas and share stories) and some will explore general pedagogical and professional topics relevant to all teachers. These will form the basis of your assessed essays for the PGCE, supervised by university or SCITT staff.

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2021/22 training year open 13 October 2020.

Further information about School Direct can be found on the Government ‘Get into Teaching’ website. This site gives comprehensive information about eligibility criteria, funding and the application process, as well as how to book school experience through the School Experience Programme. Good luck!

If you have further questions, please contact our ITT providers listed above

NQT Appropriate Body

The Teaching Talent group includes three NQT Appropriate Bodies and enhanced induction opportunities across all phases. Visit our providers to find out more about registering your NQTs.

Astra Teaching School Appropriate Body and Induction for NQTs

Cygnus Teaching School Alliance Appropriate Body and Induction for NQTs

Wycombe and Marlow Teaching School Appropriate Body