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 in 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 and chemistry are given the highest bursaries of all teaching subjects. The bursary amount is determined on your degree classification.
If you have a first class degree you will receive £20,000, a 2:1 £15,000 and a 2:2 £12,000. 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 a quarter 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.
You may be eligible to apply for an IOP Teacher Training Scholarship which are worth £20,000 and are awarded instead of the national training bursary. A £25,000 scholarship will be awarded if you train in a school where more than a quarter of pupils are eligible for free school meals.
Register with the The National College for Teaching and Leadership. You will be informed of the schools offering places and you need to apply directly to schools you are interested in.