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What is School Direct?

School Direct is an innovative new training route which allows you to choose the school/ group of schools in which you train.

Participating schools recruit and select their own trainees, with the expectation that they will go on to work within the school/ group of schools in which they were trained (although there is no absolute guarantee of employment).

You apply directly to the school/ group of schools that you want to be trained in, who will work in partnership with St Mary's to provide the School Direct training programme.

The benefits of School Direct

  • You can apply to more than one school/ group of schools (up to three at any one time)
  • You will be able to train in schools with a great deal of experinece of  initial teacher training
  • You can expect to spend the majority of your time training in the classroom
  • You could receive up to a £20,000 tax free training bursary
  • If you train in a school where more a quarter of the pupils are eligible for free school meals you may, if eligible, receive an additional 25% training bursary top-up.
  • All places will lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

School Direct training options

School Direct offers two types of training places:

School Direct (tuition fee) places:
These places are open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. Trainees may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship.

School Direct (salaried) places:
These places are aimed mainly at graduates with 3 or more years' work experience. However, schools can decide to accept applications from candidates with less work experience to attract high quality candidiates to hard to fill subjects. Trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher. The NCTL provides funding to lead schools to cover the cost of training and subsidise trainee salaries.

Both routes carry the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and some may also lead to the award of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).