Routes into Teaching - FTA
School Direct seeks to recruit locally and is divided into School Direct Salaried and School Direct Training. To train graduates, schools are required to partner an accredited provider, such as a university. Applicants will apply via APPLY and know which school they will be training at from the beginning. Trainees will learn on the job and will be a member of the teaching team from the outset. If applicants wish to be considered for the School Direct Salaried route, they will need to have been out of education for three or more years.
Trainees will be mentored by experienced staff, observing and gradually take on teaching responsibilities. There is also a strong possibility that trainees will be offered a job at their school afterwards, or within Futures Teaching Alliance.
Length: 12 months
Entry requirements: Undergraduate degree of 2:2 or above, grade 4/ C or above in GCSE English or maths.
If an applicant's degree does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, they may be required to take a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. If this is the case the university may require you to have an A-Level in that particular subject at Grade B or higher.
Funding: The School Direct Non-Salaried route will pay fees of up to £9,250. Student loans and maintenance grants are available to home students; loans apply also to EU students. Training bursaries and scholarships worth up to £26,000 are available to top graduates, depending on their subject area.
School Direct Salaried is available to graduates with three years' work experience – though some schools will accept less than this. Trainees will be paid in accordance with the Unqualified Teacher Scale. School Direct Salaried Trainees may pay up to £3,000 in order to gain the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).