Opportunities to Train

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a training route into the teaching profession.

There are two routes to choose from:

  1. School Direct Training Programme (Unsalaried - Tuition Fee: up to £9,000)
    This is aimed at high-quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one. Applicants may be eligible for a bursary of up to £30,000 to support them while they train.

  2. School Direct Training Programme (Salaried)
    This is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with some experience of the world of work. Colleagues will earn a salary while they train.


What qualifications will you need?

  • You must have a UK university honours degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. If your degree subject does not link closely to the subject you intend to teach, you may improve your ability to gain a place on an initial teacher training (ITT) programme by following a subject knowledge enhancement course. Please contact us for further information on this.
  • To train as a teacher on any programme you must achieve a standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics. If you want to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7 to 14), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in a Science GCSE.
  • Teaching is a challenging and demanding profession and training to teach is no exception to this. As a trainee you will find it essential to work outside of school hours, probably including weekends and during school holidays. We recommend that anybody interested in entering the profession gains significant school experience prior to application to ensure that they are aware of the reality of the demands of the profession.


QTS Skills Tests

Applicants to all ITT courses will be required to pass QTS Skills Tests before starting their course. Applicants can register for the Skills Tests before or after they have submitted their application. We strongly advise applicants to take the tests as soon as possible.

You will find more information on the link below:

Professional Skills Test for Trainee Teachers

Clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

We have a duty to protect children and vulnerable adults. If you are offered a place on the School Direct programme, you will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the DBS as a requirement of entry to the course, as well as other safeguarding procedures according to the setting you intend to work in. These documents will contain details of any cautions, convictions, reprimands, warnings or bindovers recorded against your name (even where they would ordinarily be considered spent) or confirm that you have none. It will allow us to make an assessment of your suitability for access to these vulnerable groups.

How to apply

Applications for places will be managed by UCAS through a single admissions system. Please follow this link for detailed information: UCAS Applications

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