School Direct Training Programme

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The School Direct Training Programme is a great way to qualify as a teacher while working and learning on the job in Essex schools.

How does it work?

Two types of training place are available under the scheme, the School Direct Training Programme and the School Direct Training Programme (salaried).

Primary and priority secondary subjects are available including maths, physics, chemistry and modern languages plus a limited number of other secondary subjects.

Although there is no guarantee of a job at the end of the programme, the employment rate for School Direct Teachers is very high.

You can read full details of the Programme on the Get into Teaching website.

School Direct Training Programme

School Direct courses generally last a year. You get to train in at least two good schools with intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. You’re given the time and support you need to gain skills and confidence, before you start teaching real classes.

School Direct Training Programme (Salaried)

The salaried version of the scheme is an employment-based route that’s only available to high-quality graduates with at least three years' work experience. The difference is that you earn a full salary while you train to recognise your employment experience.

The small print

You need a 2:1 degree or higher, and you have to satisfy the basic entry requirements of teacher training ( GCSE passes at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications, in English and Mathematics). If you want to enter primary or Key Stage 2/3 training, you also need a Science GCSE at grade C or above or an equivalent qualification.

You must also pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting your course. Please see the Get into Teaching website for further details about the tests and information about the amendments which come into effect on 14 February 2018.

How to apply

Please note that you must register on the Get into Teaching website before applying for the Programme. You can search for School Direct places offered by schools on the UCAS website.

If you apply for initial teacher training (ITT) courses, you must pass the professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting your course. Please see the Get into Teaching website for further details.