School Direct

Your training will take place in a school that will deliver specific training tailored to your requirements and the school's needs.

You can expect to spend the majority of your time in the classroom (possibly also with partnership schools too) helping to build your confidence in a school environment.

The remaining time will be spent with a partnered ITT provider to develop your theoretical understanding of teaching and pedagogy. There is an expectation on the school to employ you once you become a qualified teacher.


The programme usually lasts for one year and is full-time. Some courses provide flexible training options.


All School Direct places will lead to qualified teacher status (QTS) and many, though not all, will also award you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) validated by a higher education institution (HEI).


UK and EU resident students are eligible for a training bursary when undertaking School Direct teacher training. As physics is one of government’s priority subjects, bursaries are amongst the highest for all subjects. The bursary amount is determined by your degree classification.

For the 2017/18 academic year, bursaries range from £25,000 - £30,000. Bursaries are tax-free and paid by your ITE provider during your course. For full details visit the Get into teaching website.

Alternatively, you may be eligible for an IOP Teacher Training Scholarship, which provides £30,000 tax-free funding and tailored IOP support.

Please note, you will be charged tuition fees by your ITT provider. The exact cost varies between institutions, but UK and EU students may be eligible for a loan to cover the cost. More information about tuition fee loans can be found. More information about tuition fee loans can be found on the student finance website


For a list of schools offering School Direct training courses, search the UCAS Teacher Training website. Applications are submitted online via UCAS. You are required to submit a personal statement and details of your academic and work experience. Take a look at our making an application pages for further details.

Richard’s story

I had a difficult time during my school years which led to low attendance and a lack of motivation. However, when I started my A-levels I had a very inspirational teacher. This teacher gave me a passion to study and a passion for physics, turning a reluctant student into an interested scientist. This gave me drive and enabled me to succeed in my studies.

I went on to study Electronic Engineering at university and now I am training to become a physics teacher via the School Direct route. I am most looking forward to the hands on experience in school. I know that this is potentially the hardest part, but the challenge of diving straight in was the draw of the School Direct training programme.

Being granted an IOP scholarship has enabled me to join a network of physics teachers and trainee teachers who are able to provide a support network. This is epitomised in my IOP mentor; a physics specialist who I can bounce ideas off.

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