What is School Direct:
The Department for Education (DfE) describe School Direct as:
‘School Direct courses are based on the skills providers are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). Designed by groups of schools for a Schools Direct placement, the schools recruit you as a trainee with a job in mind just for you. This is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train.
School Direct courses generally last a year and result in qualified teacher status (QTS) – most also award you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and Master’s-level credits.
You’ll train in at least two good schools, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported.
The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. Trainees may be eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.’