School Direct Routes Summarised

 

School Direct (Training)
- School Based PGCE -

School Direct (Salaried)
- Employment Based -

Proposed target

This route is best suited to non-priority subjects, e.g.:
English
Business Studies
Biology
Humanities

This route has been designed to address shortages in priority subjects, e.g.:
MFL
Physics
Chemistry
Mathematics
Trainees must have three or more years’ career experience (not necessarily teaching).

Length of Programme Outcome for Trainee

37 week programme starting in September 2015. Leads to PGCE (with up to 90 Masters Credits) and QTS.

Programme lasts 3 terms, starting in September 2015. Leads to QTS only (optional 30 Masters Credits) – replaced the GTP route.

Funding to / from Trainee

Trainee pays a course fee to study on the course.

Trainee may be eligible to receive a bursary based on subject and degree level. Trainees do not receive a salary but may have recourse to Access Funding.

Trainee will receive a salary at Point 1 of the Unqualified Teacher Scale from their employing school.

Trainee is not eligible for hardship funding or a bursary.

Contractual obligations

The trainee is not employed by the Partner School during training.

There is the expectation for Partner Schools to offer the trainee a position as an NQT if successful.*

The trainee is employed by their training school for three terms on a ‘training contract’.

There is the expectation for Partner Schools to offer the trainee a position as an NQT if successful.*

Training Structure

Trainee will undergo two placements at their main school with an interim, shorter placement at a complementary school. 120 days minimum teaching experience.

Trainees will attend centralised training and twilight sessions. The majority of training will be arranged by TTS/WMC.

Trainee will spend the majority of their time at their main (employing) school. The trainee will spend a minimum of 20 days in a complementary school.

The majority of training will be arranged by the main (employing) school. Trainee will attend some training and twilight sessions arranged by TTS/WMC.

 

Expectation of employment

Places on the West Midlands Consortium / Thomas Telford School Direct programme are offered as it is the Consortium of School’s intention to retain the teachers, based on a reasonable expectation of there being vacancies.

Naturally there will be occasional circumstances that prevent a trainee taking up employment in one of the Consortium Partner School, for example, not completing the course, changes to the school structure, outside factors, personal preference, etc.