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What is School Direct?


School Direct is a relatively new path into teaching and  is a great  way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher.  It is an innovative school-based teacher training route where trainees work alongside highly experienced classroom practitioners and spend a greater proportion of their training in school. It allows those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years to combine teacher training with actually doing and learning on the job..


School Direct Routes:








School Direct

These useful links provide further information on training routes/teacher resources and local supporting universities of teacher training.

ITT partners/general links:

Suffolk Norfolk Initial Teacher Training

The Open University

DFE Teaching

Anglia Ruskin University

University of East Anglia

School Direct video

School Experience Programme

The new School Direct routes allow schools to be at the heart of the teacher training process. There are two versions of the programme, Schools Direct (PGCE) and Schools Direct (Salaried). In both cases, schools request training places, recruit trainees and form a partnership with a training provider such as the Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teaching Training Programme and the University of East Anglia. The school and training provider determine the pattern of training and agree responsibilities.


School Direct (Salaried) Trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher during training and receive a salary.Find out more



Schools Direct (Tuition) The trainee must pay a course fee, but can receive a bursary depending on subject and degree classification. Find out more


UCAS Initial Teacher Training