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By the end of this Parliament, the government’s aspiration is for schools to lead the training of half of all new teachers. Schools can choose any type of accredited provider to work with on School Direct. It provides an opportunity for accredited providers to deepen their partnerships with schools, responding to their needs and improving employability outcomes of trainees. It also provides scope for new opportunities to work with schools, for example through offering continuing professional development opportunities for staff within teacher training institutions and schools through increased collaboration and joint working on a School Direct programme.
All School Direct trainees will have to meet the standard entry criteria of accredited providers, who will remain accountable and responsible for the recommendation of the award of qualified teacher status. Schools will need to agree their request for places with their identified partner teacher training providers before submitting their School Direct type, subject or phase requests.
The deadline for schools to request School Direct places for academic year 2014 to 2015 has now passed. Details of how schools can change their places following initial allocation will appear here once allocations are announced.
Further information about School Direct in general is also available in the 'Quick start guide for schools 2014 to 2015' and 'Operations manual 2013 to 2014'. You can also access previous editions of School Direct bulletins for School Direct lead schools 2013 to 2014 on the participating schools page.
School Direct management information is available to download from this page.
If you are a candidate, please visit the Get into teaching section or call the Teaching Line on 0800 389 2500.
General School Direct queries
Telephone: 0800 389 2500
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Information about School Direct allocations 2014 to 2015 and the UCAS Teacher Training scheme for participating schools.
Information about how lead schools can request School Direct places for 2014 to 2015.
Information about initial teacher training (ITT) funding, bursaries and provision.
An overview of the key stages for School Direct, signposting to further information and support available to you.
A guide to the operational delivery of School Direct (SD) for both schools and providers, relevant to academic year (AY) 2013/14 only. The operations manual for academic year, AY 2014/15 will be published in the autumn term of 2013.
Individuals interested in applying for School Direct should visit the Get into teaching section for more information and a link to the online application system.