School Direct is available in primary and secondary schools across England and programmes generally last for one year. Some schools may offer training on a part-time basis; you should contact your chosen school to discuss this. Successful completion of a School Direct course will lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS). School Direct programmes may also include a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE).
In order to help tailor training to your skills and experience, there are two separate School Direct training options:
- School Direct Training Programme is available to high-quality graduates. You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000 to support you while you train.
- School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route available to high-quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience who will earn a salary whilst they train.
Schools interested in participating in School Direct should visit the Department's School Direct page for more information.
Visit the School Direct application system to search for schools and apply for your place on School Direct.
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.
Read about the application process and information you will need in order to complete your School Direct application.
There are still School Direct places available in schools. Find out what's available in your area.