School Direct (Salaried)

About the programme

The School Direct (Salaried) training programme offers you a way of qualifying as a teacher whilst working 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 an ideal route into teaching 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 a high calibre and show a strong commitment to teaching, for example, by having worked as a Teaching Assistant or Cover Supervisor.

NB: If applying for School Direct Salaried you must apply via the UCAS ITT application system to West Midlands Consortium using the UCAS Provider code W53.

Thomas Telford School, as Lead School for the West Midlands 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 development for the training period. Trainees will be required to train within two consecutive age ranges, which typically covers Key Stages 3 and 4, and across all ability levels. Thomas Telford School acts as the Lead School and is the base for the Education and Professional Issues component of the programme.

Trainees will spend a minimum of 20 days in a contrasting second school to help gain a wider knowledge and understanding of learning and teaching. Trainees also spend time in a Primary school to develop their knowledge of both Key Stage 2 and transition into Key Stage 3. School Direct (Salaried) trainees are required to complete a series of short academic 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.

For primary phase School Direct (Salaried) enquiries, please contact ssplant@ttsonline.net .

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 and conditions.

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