School Direct

If you are considering a career in teaching, each year our teaching school offers a number of places on the School Direct programme, which allows you to train to teach in a school of your choosing – with the expectation that you’ll then go on to work there on completion of the programme.

UCAS opens for School Direct 2021/22 applications on 13th October 2020.

Course can be viewed on UCAS from 6th October 2020.

All TVTSA School Direct places lead to qualified teacher status (QTS).

You’ll gain a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) validated by Nottingham Trent University, University of Derby, Bishop Grosseteste University or Loughborough University, and credits towards a masters qualification.

You’ll spend the majority of your time training in the classroom, alongside outstanding teachers and supported by specialist mentors, building your confidence in a school environment.

Courses are generally one year, full-time, and available across secondary and primary phases.

Places are offered on a non-salaried basis and eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees.

Substantial tax-free bursaries are also available to trainees in certain subject areas.

Financial support

Through this route, and depending on your circumstances, you could receive one or more of the following to support your teacher training:

  • a tax-free bursary or scholarship
  • access to a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan
  • additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability

You will need a first, 2:1, 2:2, PhD or master’s to be eligible for a bursary or scholarship. See the Get Into Teaching website for a full overview of the current financial support available.

Support from day one

Our trainees receive a comprehensive induction programme when they start their place with us. You will spend four days per week in school, working alongside outstanding teachers, and one day per week at university. We also offer:

  • bespoke training sessions tailored to your needs
  • teaching and learning workshops throughout the year delivered by experts in TVTSA schools
  • the opportunity to meet and work with trainees from across our alliance
  • a second placement in a contrasting school, as well as visits to others including a special school

To find out more about the support you will be offered, please contact us.

Personal mentor

‘The support from my mentor was fantastic, although the year was intense I knew I could always ask for advice and I wasn’t pressured to take responsibility for classes until I was ready.’
James Lillyman, former School Direct maths trainee

All of our trainees get access to their own personal mentor. These individuals play a vital role in the progression of our trainees, offering specialist advice and guidance to support you throughout your time with us and beyond. Our mentors provide:

  • weekly review meetings on trainee expectations (characteristics of performance/teaching standards)
  • guidance on assessment, monitoring and tracking of student progress
  • support with lesson planning and lesson observations
  • advise on second placement procedures
  • engage in meetings between the trainee and university tutor
  • support in setting termly timelines, and in writing termly and interim reports

What qualifications do I need?

You must have a UK university degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. If your degree subject does not link closely to the subject you intend to teach, you can enhance your ITT application by applying for a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course.

To train as a teacher on any programme you must achieve a standard equivalent to a grade C/4 in GCSE English and maths. If you want to teach primary, you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4 in a science GCSE.

For more information, visit Get Into Teaching’s guide to eligibility.

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