School Direct FAQs

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school-based training programme where you are based in one school for your training apart from a 6 week placement after Christmas.

How long is the course?

The course is approximately 12 months.

What are my teaching expectations?

For the training route you gradually build up your teaching solo percentage and you are never left in the classroom on your own, there will always be a teacher present. For the salaried route the teaching expectations vary and you may be handed a timetable from day one.

What will I get at the end of my training?

You will qualify with a PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status and 60 Masters Level Credits.

I have a 2:2 degree classification; do I qualify for the School Direct course?

Yes we accept 2:2 and above and a third class degree is now accepted in Computer Science, Maths and Physics (providing candidates have a B grade or above at A level).

I don’t have a GCSE C grade or above in English/Maths yet, can I apply for the course and achieve these grades before I start my course?

No, you must have the C grade or above at the time of application.

Do I qualify for the School Direct Programme?

You must have a degree in a subject specialism relevant to the School Direct programme that you are applying for. Your degree must contain 50% content of the subject you wish to train to teach in. This can be evaluated through your degree transcript.

Do I qualify for a bursary? If so, how much?

All bursary information can be found following the link- https://www.gov.uk/funding-initial-teacher-training-itt

What will my salary be whilst I am in training on the salaried route?

Ultimately the salary you receive whilst you are teaching will be down to the school you are training in, so I would recommend you get in touch and ask them. You can find general salaried information using the link- https://www.gov.uk/funding-initial-teacher-training-itt