The School Direct (Training) programme offers you a way of qualifying as a teacher whilst training in one of our Partner Schools. This is a one-year individualised training programme leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which is subject to a course fee but which is also eligible for a bursary. 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 (Training) 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 (Training) 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have no preference, your application will be sent to all Partner Schools wishing to host trainees in your subject.
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Following successful application, interview and appointment, School Direct (Training) 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 (Training) 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.