What is School Direct?

School Direct (tuition fee) programmes allow you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation.

This non-salaried route is run by a school, or group of schools, that work closely with a university or school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) consortium that certifies successful trainees. You’ll be based in a school, but will also be taught by the university, college, or SCITT that the school partners with.

  • School Direct programmes are popular with students who are hoping to gain a position in their placement school following their training.
  • Although your training is based in a school, they’re not your employers, and in many ways your training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges.
  • While the majority of School Direct training programmes lead to a PGCE qualification, not all do. If gaining a PGCE is important to you, check with your training provider before applying, to confirm exactly what is included on your chosen training programme.
  • Unlike School Direct (salaried) programmes, you’ll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through student loans, bursaries, or scholarships.
  • If your degree subject doesn’t link closely to your chosen teaching subject, you may still be able to apply for a School Direct (tuition fee) programme by undertaking a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course. Your chosen provider may ask you to take an SKE course as a condition of your offer, before you start your initial teacher training programme.