School Direct (Salaried)

About the programme

The School Direct (Salaried) training programme offers you a way of qualifying as a teacher whilst you work in one of our Partner Schools. This is a one-year individualised training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). With QTS you can work as a qualified teacher in any Maintained School, Sixth Form, Tertiary or Further Education College in England or Wales.

School Direct (Salaried) is for graduates with some work experience. Career changers can bring valuable skills and experience to the profession, which they have developed since leaving university.

Competition to enter teaching via the School Direct (Salaried) route is strong, and candidates are expected to be of high calibre and show a strong commitment to teaching, for example by having worked as a classroom assistant or supply teacher.

NB: If applying for School Direct Salaried you must apply via the UCAS ITT application system to the Lead School, Thomas Telford School using the UCAS Provider code 1K7.

Thomas Telford School, as Lead School for the Consortium, will receive all School Direct applications. If you have a preference for a particular Partner School to which you would like your application directed, please state this in your application or in an email to the WMC Administrator. If you have no preference, your application will be sent to all Partner Schools wishing to host trainees in your subject.

Course Outline

Following successful application, interview and appointment, School Direct (Salaried) trainees complete a Skills Audit and an individualised Training Plan is developed to guide their studies and teaching for the training period. Trainees will be required to train for two consecutive age ranges, typically this covers Key Stages 3 and 4 across all ability levels. Thomas Telford School acts as the Lead School and is the base for the Education and Professional Studies component of the programme.

Trainees will spend a minimum of 20 days in a second school to help gain a wider understanding of learning and teaching. Trainees also spend time in a Primary school to help develop their knowledge of Key Stage 2 and transition into Key Stage 3. School Direct (Salaried) trainees are required to complete a series of short written assignments as part of their studies, including a Comparative Study between their Training School and School 2 placements.

The West Midlands Consortium, through its partnership with Staffordshire University, includes an optional 30 Masters Level Credits as part of the School Direct (Salaried) programme.

WMC/TTS does not currently offer School Direct (Salaried) for the Primary Phase. For enquiries contact

School Direct (Salaried) Financial Information

The School Direct (Salaried) training programme is one of the Training Agency's Employment Based Initial Teacher Training programmes.

The training salary for a School Direct (Salaried) trainee is at Point 1 of the Unqualified Teacher Salary Scale and is paid by the training school. The Training School also provides a Training Contract for the length of the training programme which details school specific aspects such a term-dates and working hours.

As School Direct (Salaried) training is employment based, the salary is subject to income tax and insurance deductions. School Direct (Salaried) trainees are not eligible for any further financial support such as student loans, maintenance grants, bursaries etc.

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To apply to the West Midlands Consortium, please use the UCAS ITT application system. For more information see the application section of our website