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What is School Direct?

School Direct is a one year long school-led route into teaching. This means that the training programme is mainly delivered by the school, however, you will still attend lectures, seminars and tutorials in partnership with a university or college. If you would like to train ‘on the job’ then this could be the pathway for you. Right from the start, you will be part of the school community, receiving a large amount of support from experienced teachers and mentors. 

Visit the DfE School Direct - Get into Teaching site by clicking the logo.

Alternatively, come and see us on Tuesday 17th October between 17.30 and 19.30 at our stand at the Bexleyheath Academy Open Evening - where you can learn more about the course, talk to past and present School Direct students and take a tour of the school. 

How does the programme work?

  • You will spend the initial part of your training year observing a range of lessons. You will gradually build up to teaching classes but not until the school feels that you are ready. 
  • The majority of your year will be spent training in the classroom, building your confidence in a school environment whilst receiving mentoring support.
  • You will experience a second placement in a contrasting local school who are experienced in initial teacher training (ITT) and who excel at training and developing their staff. Additionally, you will be expected to attend a Primary School placement.
  • The school will build a holistic training programme delivered by specialist members of staff.
  • It is intended that employment is offered towards the end of the year but this cannot always guaranteed.
  • You will gain QTS recommendation by the end of the year. You will also be able to top up to a PGCE for an extra fee if you wish to.


There are two School Direct training options you can apply for – one that’s open to all high quality graduates, and a salaried option for high quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience.


1. School Direct Training Programme

o    This is option is available to all high quality graduates.

o    This is a training only programme incurring fees. Please visit the AET website for more information on bursaries that may be available to you.

2. School Direct Training Programme (salaried)

o    The school will become your employer and you will earn a salary whilst you train. 

This route is for high quality, experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience.

To apply for a School Direct placement, you will need the following:
  • A GCSE grade C (or equivalent) in Maths and English.
  • A UK degree (or an overseas equivalent).