What is School Direct?
School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training (ITT) scheme. It is run by a partnership between a lead school, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider.
School Direct courses generally last a year, and you’ll train in at least two good schools.
This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.
The principles of academic rigor on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. You’re also equally eligible for a training bursary (or, where appropriate, scholarship) and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.
School Direct courses all result in qualified teacher status (QTS). Most also award you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or master’s-level credits, but you should check individual courses on the UCAS Teacher Training site.
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