Our Programmes

School Direct Programmes

What is Schools Direct?

This school-led option offers practical, hands-on training and education based in good schools across the country. School Direct courses are designed by groups of schools – with a university or a SCITT – based on the skills they are looking for in a early career teacher (ECT). The schools recruit you as a trainee onto their School Direct course. This is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train. There are two options available for School Direct training. Our family of schools has a wide geographical base— applications, where possible, will be matched to your preferred location.

Option 1
Schools Direct Salaried (Secondary & High only)

Aimed at those with some classroom-based experience. We will consider career changes on a case by case basis, dependent on experience. This experience will normally have been gained since leaving university and does not have to be within an educational setting, although it could be.

You are employed as a member of staff in school, as an unqualified teacher and paid a salary.

Option 2
Schools Direct Training Route (Primary, First, Middle, High & Secondary)

Open to all graduates who meet the minimum entry requirements. You are strongly advised to check the entry requirements prior to application. If in doubt, please contact us.

Funded by tuition fees (£9,250) paid by the trainee directly. You will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships where applicable.


What we are looking for

We are looking for people who have the right personal qualities and potential to be a passionate and committed teacher to improve the outcomes for the young people we work with. While experience of working with young people is not essential, it is often found that the strongest applicants are those who have shown an interest in working with young people and a willingness to get some experience of school where possible. You are likely to be asked at interview about your experiences of being in a school, even if it just from an observational point of view. We are looking for those who have:

  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Commitment to working hard
  • Ability to establish good working relationships
  • Confidence and ability to engage with children
  • Commitment to a professional team
  • Commitment to excellence in education
  • Flexibility

Training Programme

Teach Central and our partners, BCU and Haybridge SCITT, work closely together to deliver a programme to meet the needs of local schools, local learners and local teachers. Trainees spend the majority of their time in school- based practice and centre-led training sessions at specific times.

Central to the curriculum is the study of education, pedagogy and professional practice from both generic and subject-specific perspectives, which is delivered using a combination of practical workshops, taught sessions, seminar groups and individual study.

To complement this is a programme of subject knowledge and enhancement that supports the development of subject pedagogy. Specialist subject knowledge is up-dated throughout the course to ensure trainee teachers are fully conversant with curriculum requirements.

Trainee teachers are expected, as early career professionals, to take on significant responsibility for their own progress and de- velopment. A system of professional development profiling is welcomed particularly among those who have completed the course because it sets them apart from their peers in their first year of teaching.

We offer multi-tiered levels of support to guarantee that our trainees make exceptional progress throughout their training and beyond: our provision includes subject based mentor with a dedicated session each week one-to-one, professional mentor, Director of ITT and University tutor.