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School Direct (summary)

School Direct courses are based on the skills providers are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). 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 last a year and result in qualified teacher status (QTS). School Direct unsalaried courses also award you a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and/or Masters-level credits. 

You will 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 will be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. This means that 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. You are also equally eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.

School Direct (salaried)

You will need to have completed three years of related work experience which may be relaxed in cases of shortage subjects. 

If you are successful, your salary will be based on the Unqualified Teacher Scale (pro rata) for the duration of the training. Some training will be provided by the University of Hertfordshire and you will be released from school to attend this. The Alliance will run three conferences, one in each terms where you can work with other School Direct trainees. 

School Direct (unsalaried)

You do not need work experience to be an unsalaried trainee so this is an ideal route for people coming straight from university. If you are successful, you will be able to access up to £30,000 in terms of financial support. This is dependent on degree subject and classification. You will be required to pay tuition fees. There are additional bursaries for which you may be eligible in the form of scholarships dependant on subject and degree level. Some training will be provided by the University of Hertfordshire and you will be released from school to attend this. The Alliance will run 3 conferences, one in each of the terms where you can work with other School Direct trainees.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) 

Our Alliance schools work with a number of different Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and offer placements in a range of subjects. If you are accepted on placement you can expect to work with a trained mentor and qualified teachers. 

Applications for PGCE places are through UCAS Teacher Training and you will select the university you wish to work with. You will be able to choose up to three providers.

The PGCE programmes are funded through bursaries dependant on degree subject and classification. You may be suited to a PGCE route, rather than a school-based route, if you feel that you will need a little more time to become confident in the classroom or if you prefer to be based in a university setting for a small part of the training year.