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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 training in the classroom (possibly also with partnership schools too) helping to build your confidence in a school environment. 

The remaining time will be spent at 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.

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 School Direct participants are eligible for a training bursary. Being one of government’s priority subjects, physics, along with maths, chemistry and computer science are given the highest bursaries of all teaching subjects. The bursary amount is determined on your degree classification.

If you have a first class or 2.1 degree you will receive £20,000, a 2.2 £15,000 and £9000 if you have a relevant degree and a good A-level in physics (grade B or above). These bursaries are tax-free and paid in monthly instalments during your course. For full details refer to the The National College for Teaching and Leadership’s bursary information.

In addition, if you train in a school where more than 35 percent of pupils are eligible for free school meals you may also receive an additional 25 per cent top up to your training bursary.

Please note, you will be charged tuition fees. The exact cost varies between institutions but UK and EU students may be eligible for a loan to cover the cost.


The IOP Teacher Training Scholarship programme has closed for 2014. Please refer to the ‘Bursary’ information above for details of alternative funding for 2014. You can register your details here if you would like to receive information about future IOP Teacher Training Scholarship programmes.

UCAS Teacher Training is the new centralised application portal for all School Direct places. Applications are submitted online. You are required to submit a personal statement and details of your academic and work experience.

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