What is the difference between School Direct and other training routes?

The Department for Education’s ‘Get Into Teaching’ website allows you to compare training routes: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/explore-my-options/teacher-training-routes

You need to explore all of your options to ensure you find the course that is right for you. We believe that a School Direct PGCE offers the perfect balance between school-led and University-led training.

School Direct courses generally last a year and result in qualified teacher status (QTS) – ours also awards you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and Master’s-level credits.

You’ll 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’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 rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. You’re also equally eligible to apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.

What qualifications will I receive?

You will receive:

  • a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with 60 Master’s level credits;
  • qualified teacher status.

How many places are available?

Our course is competitive so we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Whilst we will always consider applications from exceptional candidates, we keep our cohorts small to ensure the level of support provided by our course leaders is as high as possible.

In 2020/21, we are able to offer 16 places.

When can I apply?

The application window for the 2020/21 academic year opens in October 2019.

What can I do to prepare for teacher training?

We urge all potential applicants to visit schools (see our school experience web page). School experience enables you to gauge if teaching is the right profession for you. We also encourage potential applications to read widely. We suggest:

How can I ensure my application stands out?

Read our ‘teacher training’ web pages to find out what we’re looking for.

Other questions:

If you have read the information on our website and have additional questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

We would love to hear from you.

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