About the course
School Direct (salaried) is an employment-based route for high quality graduates, typically with at least three years’ experience of transferable work history. You’ll earn a salary while you train towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation, and won’t need to pay any tuition fees. This route is available for both primary and secondary teaching, and is run by individual schools or a group of schools.
Students who opt for a School Direct (salaried) training programme are employed as an unqualified teacher while they learn on the job. In some cases, this may be a school the student is already working at, or has an existing relationship with.
This course leads to QTS with the addition of the PGCE qualification. Where this is an option, there may be an additional cost required for completion of the PGCE – if gaining master’s credits is important to you, check with your training provider before applying, to confirm exactly what is included on your chosen training programme.
If you decide to apply for a School Direct (salaried) training programme, one of your references must be from an employer. If you’re self-employed and unable to provide a reference from a former employer, your referee should be someone who knows you from work, who can comment on your work and suitability for teaching.
Successful applicants will be offered an interview at one of our schools where they will:
- be interviewed by a Headteacher and a school representative
- be observed working with a group of children
- complete an oral presentation on a topic of their choice
Following success at interview, a School Direct placement will be offered within one of our partner schools
How school placements work
All School Direct trainee teachers will be spend the majority of their training in one school, either Primary or Secondary, with regular training sessions, either at the Lead School, Uplands Primary, one of the partnership schools or at the University of Reading. The individual placement schools have taken responsibility for deciding individual trainees teaching commitment but the partnership agreement in place ensures that all trainee teachers gain the same range of experience, whatever the school.
In addition to their main placement school all trainee teachers will undertake a second placement in the spring term for five weeks.
All trainee teachers will gain experience across a range of key stages and contexts and this experience will be tailored to meet the needs of individual trainee teachers to ensure that all gain the range of expertise needed to become an effective professional.
You’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher. The salary awarded will differ between schools; you should check the salary with the school before you apply for either salaried routes.
You will be liable for the additional cost of £1500 for the PGCE part of this qualification.
Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.
If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.
We would normally expect you to have a 1st, 2:1 or 2:2 honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). You will also need to have achieved Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE Mathematics, English Language and a Science subject (or equivalent qualifications).
You will also be required to pass the QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy.
-Demonstrate and promote positive values, attitudes and behaviour;
- Are aware of their professional responsibilities;
- Can work with others to promote the learning and welfare of young people;
- Can adopt a reflective and critical stance towards their own practice, policy initiatives and listen to and act upon advice;
- Take responsibility for their own professional development;
About the training provider
Uplands Primary School is the lead school for Forest Learning Alliance, working with Primary and Special Schools within our local area to provide School Direct fee funded and salaried placements across Bracknell Forest, Wokingham and beyond. We work in partnership with the University of Reading who have an exceptional reputation in teacher training. As an Alliance we provide high quality provision to ensure a well-rounded training programme, with a clear emphasis on mentorship throughout.
Who are we looking for?
For both salaried and training places we are looking for inspirational people who have a proven track record of good communication skills, the ability to use their initiative and ability to work under pressure in a demanding environment.
School Direct (salaried) is aimed at graduate career changers who have three or more years’ work experience. This year successful applicants have proven at the point of application and also at interview, that they have the necessary skills and understanding of the role of the teacher to be able to train as teachers whilst working in a school environment.
School Direct (fee paying) route is also a school based route into initial teacher training but applicants often do not have as much experience working in schools, leading classes and taking responsibility for teaching on a regular basis.
About the accredited body
We work in partnership with The University of Reading who provide a stringent complementary academic training programme to our students. For more details follow:
Training with disabilities and other needs
We aim to make any reasonable adjustment for any applicant with a disability or any other specific need.
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