School Direct

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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.

Our School Direct places 2019/20

School Direct Places

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 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, helping you to build your confidence in a school environment.

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

Dependent on experience, places are offered on either a salaried and non-salaried basis. Non-salaried UK or EU trainees are eligible to apply for a loan to cover the cost of tuition fees.

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

Salaried route

The salaried route is open to graduates with three or more years’ career experience.

Trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher with a salary subsidised by the Department for Education, with the balance paid for by the employing school or academy.

Our School Direct trainees are paid on the unqualified teachers’ spine at point 1 (approximately £15,800). With this route, trainees do not qualify for a student loans and no bursaries are offered.

Non-salaried route

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 fora 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:

  • a programme of support sessions tailored to suit 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

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. SKE courses last between eight and 28 weeks, depending on the subject you want to teach and how closely related your subject knowledge is. Most applicants complete their SKE course immediately prior to starting their teacher training programme.

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 or key stage 2/3 (ages 7 to 14), 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.

Our partnership with Nottingham Trent University

Our School Direct programme has been developed in partnership with Nottingham Trent University. Nottingham Trent is an established, successful provider of initial teacher training and our staff work with researchers and practitioners at the university to design and deliver our courses.

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