Many students don’t look beyond the traditional university-based PGCE when seeking opportunities to train as a teacher. Perhaps there is an awareness of Teach First as an alternative, but the new School Direct route doesn’t seem to have entered into the consciousness of some students.
Some students may have gathered more information of this route by attending our ‘Education and working with young people’ event held on campus last Monday, but many others may know little about this new route, which is being strongly encouraged by the government as a new way forward in the training of the country’s future teachers. It is a route which is likely to grow as the government moves some places from traditional university PGCE providers to School Direct providers.
So what is School Direct?
School Direct training is delivered by schools or a consortium of schools in partnership with accredited teacher training providers, such as universities. You would train with the schools, with the prospect of being employed within one of the schools in the consortium (although this is not guaranteed). Whether or not you are employed in the consortium, you will have received QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). School Direct places are available for both primary and secondary training.
How can you find out more?
The starting point is to use the Teaching Agency website www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options/school-based-training.aspx where there are details of the School Direct route, including information about fees and bursaries.
School Direct providers are still recruiting. You will need to go on to the Teaching Agency website www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options/school-based-training/school-direct/applying.aspx to search the database of all the lead schools offering School Direct and the subjects available.