Teacher training in schools
- It’s a great way to have your training supported by experienced teachers.
- These routes still include lectures, tutorials and seminars that cover the same material as university or college courses.
- All courses lead to QTS recommendation, and most to the PGCE qualification too. (If you’re considering the PGCE, make sure the course you choose leads to it.)
- Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, so please remember that popular courses will fill up quickly. Some subjects will have a limited number of places available, so make sure you don’t leave your application to the last minute!
With School Direct, you’re selected for training by a school or group of schools in partnership with a university or SchoolCentred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT).
- You’ll also study at the university, college or SCITT they’re partnered with.
- If you’re successful in your training, you might get a job in one of the schools in the partnership.
- Graduates with around three years’ work experience (there may be exceptions for STEM subjects) might be able to train on the job, with a salary from the start.
How it works
You’ll train in at least two schools, and you’ll also be taught by the university, college or SCITT that the school partners with.
- In some cases, you’ll find out which school you’ll be placed in when you apply or are interviewed, but this isn’t always possible.
- There are primary and secondary places available all over England – the numbers vary across subjects and age groups, depending on the number of schools in each partnership.
- Training programmes generally last one year full-time, in line with the term dates of your chosen school.
- Some schools may consider part-time placements – you’ll need to approach a school directly if you’d like to be considered for a part-time placement.
There are two School Direct training options you can apply for – one that’s open to all high quality graduates, and a salaried option for high quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience.
1. School Direct Training Programme
This is the option most applicants go for.
- Although your training is based in a school, they’re not your employers, and in many ways your training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges.
- You’ll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries or scholarships.
2. School Direct Training Programme (salaried)
- This route allows you to train ‘on the job’.
- This is an employment-based route for high quality, experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You will earn a salary while you train.
SCITT programmes are designed and delivered by groups of neighbouring schools and colleges.
- There are SCITT consortia or schools and colleges running SCITT programmes all over England.
- They provide a full range of primary, middle years and secondary options.
- Often their training programmes are tailored towards teaching in the local area.
- They provide practical, hands-on teacher training programmes, taught by experienced, practising teachers.
How it works
They’re taught by experienced, practising teachers, and are often tailored towards local training needs.
- You’ll usually be based in one school from the consortium – the lead school – while completing teaching practices at others in the group.
- Training programmes generally last for one academic year full-time, running from September to June. Some start earlier.