School Direct

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Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in England is undergoing a large shift towards school-led provision, such as that proven highly successful by the West Midlands Consortium (WMC). The partnership of schools led by Thomas Telford School (TTS) has been recognised as an outstanding model of delivery and one that many teacher training providers are currently trying to emulate.


School Direct Routes

The new School Direct routes allows schools to be at the heart of the teacher training process. There are two versions of the programme, School Direct (PGCE) and School Direct (Salaried). In both cases, schools request training places, recruit trainees and form a partnership with a training provider such as the West Midlands Consortium. The school and training provider determine the pattern of training and agree responsibilities.


School Direct Training (PGCE) is similar to the standard WMC PGCE route. The trainee must pay a course fee, but can receive a bursary depending on subject and degree classification. This route leads to the internationally recognised PGCE with Masters Credits. This course is currently available for Secondary Dance and Primary - General. Find out more


School Direct (Salaried) is similar to the WMC GTP route.  Trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher during training and receive a salary. This route will lead to QTS with optional Masters Credits.Find out more and to apply

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PGCE Pass Rate

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Employment- Based Pass Rate

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2005 96%
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