School Direct (Salaried)

This training route is suitable for high quality graduates with three years or more of career experience. Graduates are also often expected to have some relevant school experience.

You will be employed by a school, paid as an unqualified teacher and will train while working. Once qualified you will continue to work at the school, and will be paid as a qualified teacher. The structure will vary between schools and will be determined by individual school needs and your own experience.

You will attend training activity days during the year-long programme and will work on a reduced timetable until you qualify.


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).


You will receive a salary from your employing school.


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.

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