If you're looking for school-led training, School Direct is the option for you. With School Direct you'll be training in a school from day one.

School Direct places are available in some of the best primary and secondary schools across England and programmes generally last for one year. Financial support is available throughout your training. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS), and may also include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).

There are two School Direct training options:

  • The School Direct Training Programme is for high-quality graduates who want to feel part of a school team whilst training. You’ll pay fees but may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000 or a scholarship of £25,000 to support you.
  • The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You will earn a salary while you train.

To learn more about school-led routes into teaching, visit the UCAS Teacher Training website

Note that schools interested in participating in School Direct should visit the Department for Education’s School Direct information for schools page for more information on joining or administering the School Direct programme.

How to apply

Read about the application process and information you will need in order to complete your School Direct application.

Find out about the eligibility requirements for School Direct and School Direct (salaried).
If you are a graduate applying for a School Direct training place, there are a range of funding options available to you.