Teacher training in schools

Here we explain the programmes in England that base you in a school, that we can help you apply to.
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  • 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!

School Direct

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.

School-centred initial teacher training (SCITT)

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.