About the course
School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training pathway that offers practical, ‘on-the-job’ training and teacher education. The programme aims to create highly qualified, highly skilled teachers, who are an integral part of a school community.
You will be placed in a school from the start of your training but you don’t need to worry about being thrown in at the deep-end – you won’t be teaching classes until you are ready! You will be supported by an outstanding and well-trained classroom mentor and a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team, in partnership with an experienced professional tutor from one of our University partners. Alongside our committed ETSA training team, you will be supported every step of your journey to reach the professional standards of teaching and gain Qualified Teacher Status. Your timetable and teaching responsibility will increase as you gain in confidence and skill.
Your training will be delivered by expert teachers within the school and complemented by attendance at the UCL, Institution of Education (UCL IoE) . You will develop your understanding of pedagogy, teaching practice and curriculum knowledge. By being part of our cohort of ETSA trainees, you will also develop a strong professional support network who understand and share the teacher training experience alongside you.
As well as your main training placement, you will complete a contrasting placement in different key stage which will allow you to fill gaps in your experience; this will afford you the opportunity to work with different students, within different structures and with a wider range of colleagues.
Successful completion of the School Direct Salaried programme results in gaining QTS. There is also the option of joining the PGCE pathway, should you wish to pay top-up fees, which are currently around £2800.
You do not have to be supernumerary and you can have up to 80% of a teaching timetable by the end of the training year. ETSA School Direct Salaried trainees will be paid on the Unqualified Teacher pay scale. Pay varies depending on your placement school’s location.
Interviews take place at our lead school, Tidemill Academy. During the interview process we will observe you interacting with a group of children, conduct additional numeracy, literacy and ICT tasks and conduct a formal interview where we would ask you to present to us about why you wish to be a teacher. We aim for our interview process to be as relaxing as possible so that you can feel comfortable and show us your true potential.
The Professional Skills test is required; this is a core skills tests in numeracy and literacy and are to be completed before you begin the training course.
How school placements work
This route is aimed at high calibre career changers. You will be employed by your main placement school, start on the first day of the autumn term and be paid a salary while you train. You will complete a 6 week placement within a different Key Stage in a contrasting school, usually within our alliance.
Our partner schools are each unique yet share our values of integrity, inclusion and success for all children, regardless of their background. We have excellent relationships with our partner schools, most of whom have been successfully supporting School Direct trainees with us for the last 4 years. We work with schools across several London boroughs and the majority of our schools are part of the REAch2 Academy Trust, the largest primary only academy trust in the country, offering unrivalled training and development and excellent career progression. To find out more visit www.reach2.org
The majority of candidates apply to us with a partner school in mind, and name this school on their application. Where an applicant has not named a partner school, we take into account the distance a candidate will have to travel from home to school when placing candidates, as well as any preferences discussed during the interview process. Because we see School Direct training as a long-term investment in teachers, we feel it is important that candidates are training in a school which is right for them. Our motto is train with us, stay with us!
ETSA School Direct Salaried trainees will be paid on the Unqualified Teacher pay scale. Pay varies depending on your placement school’s location.
England and Wales (excluding London and fringe)
Min £ 16,626
Min £ 19,749
Min £ 17,718
In addition to the basic salary you’ll earn, there are other great benefits available including:
• holidays – you’ll get more days than many people in other professions, though teachers work for 195 days per year in school, and tend to do some work during their holidays
• a generous pension – when you’re employed as a teacher you’ll automatically be a member of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme
• special educational needs (SEN) allowance – if you work as a qualified teacher with pupils with SEN, you could be eligible for an SEN allowance of no less than £2,106 and no more than £4,158 per annum
• teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments – additional money if you take on more responsibilities ranging from £2,667 to £13,027 depending on the type of duties.
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.
All candidates must hold a UK degree (or equivalent) with at least a 2:2 in a relevant subject. You must also have 3 years’ work experience (this does not have to be education related).
If you are currently studying towards an undergraduate degree, you must have completed the course prior to commence a School Direct training programme.
All qualifications gained outside of the UK will be checked to ensure they meet the relevant equivalency standards.
All applicants must have the right to work in the UK to be eligible for School Direct training with the Endeavour Teaching School Alliance.
We are looking for applicants who understand the difference high quality education makes to children. We want to see passion and creativity, reflection and emotional intelligence, resilience and integrity. Candidates need to have an appreciation of how children learn and an awareness of how to engage them in the learning process. You should be confident, articulate and have a strong work ethic and sense of humour!
School Direct salaried trainees require a minimum of 3 years work history. Please note that this does not have to be gained within a school however it is recommended that you acquire a minimum of two weeks school experience prior to the programme commencing.
If you are made an offer you will be required to pass Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults.
About the training provider
Who are we?
The Endeavour Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) is a vibrant partnership of schools who are passionate about nurturing talented individuals to become outstanding Primary School teachers.
Our diverse and expanding alliance currently has 16 schools across London and the West Midlands. Our teacher training is in partnership with two outstanding Universities: UCL Institute of Education and The University of Derby.
Our trainees are successful; over the last 5 years, 100% of our School Direct trainees were graded good or outstanding at the end of the course. We provide comprehensive training to our School Direct mentors to enable you to get the best possible support. This is complemented by the practical training you will receive from us, led by outstanding classroom teachers and experts in their field. Previous trainees have 'loved' our 'on the job training' and the 'strong relationships' they built with our team.
Shortlisted candidates attend an interview at our lead school which consists of:
- Child centred activity
- Maths and English assessments
No matter which partner school in the Endeavour Teaching School Alliance you apply to, you will be a valued member of our staff and part of our school community. You will have personalised support from an experienced class mentor, a senior leader and our Teaching School hub lead. Your classroom practice will be enhanced by our comprehensive training programme, led by outstanding teachers across our alliance.
About the accredited body
UCL is a global leader in teacher education. Their programmes are recognised by Ofsted as "outstanding" across Primary and Secondary Education
All UCL School Direct students have access to UCL support services and facilities
Primary School Direct Salaried route:
Primary School Direct (PGCE) route:
Training with disabilities and other needs
We have a strong commitment to equality and inclusion and we seek to offer a first class education to all students, including students with disabilities. All of our sites are wheelchair accessible and we undertake all reasonable adjustments necessary to ensure inclusion of all disabilities.
We are committed to our Equality Policy in respect of serving students and employing staff. Within this policy we will endeavour to ensure that disabled students and staff receive the same standards of service as others. We will not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of disability.
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Choose a training location
You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.
Aerodrome Primary Academy
Aerodrome Primary Academy, Goodwin Road, Croydon CR0 4EJ
Brampton Primary Academy
Brampton Primary Academy, Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4SL
Concordia Primary Academy
Union Road, Havering RM7 0GN
Tidemill Academy, 11 Giffin Street, London SE8 4RJ
Southwark Park Primary
383 Southwark Park Road SE16 2JH
The Robert Fitzroy Academy
80 Brampton Rd, Croydon CR0 6JN
The Woodside Academy
Forest Site, Wood Street, Walthanstow, London E17 3JX
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