School Direct is a route into teaching which involves schools working in partnership with accredited teacher training institutions, such as the University of Greenwich, to devise a training programme. The programme is a combination of school based training and university-based courses. This route allows candidates to apply to a lead school with an expectation of employment in either the school in which they trained or within the School Direct provision on successful completion.
School Direct offers two types of training places; the School Direct Training programme and the School Direct Training programme (Salaried). The School Direct Training programme places are open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of tuition fees charged available through Student Finance England. In addition, a bursary may be available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is open to graduates with three or more years' career experience. Trainees will be employed as an unqualified teacher with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. This programme replaces the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP).
School Direct places are offered by a school or group of schools in partnership with an accredited teacher training institution.
The University of Greenwich is currently working in partnership with the following schools for primary School Direct training places: Bensham Manor School; Heronsgate Primary School; Saint Mary Magdalene Church of England Primary School.
All School Direct places will lead to recommendation for qualified teacher status (QTS) and in the case of the School Direct Training programme a PGCE.
This programme enables graduates to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to teach in primary schools. We work in partnership with schools in London, Kent, Essex and the south east of England and can offer a varied teaching experience to students ranging from the inner city to the rural and suburban context.
What you'll study
Full time - Year 1: Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Primary Professional Enhancement (15 credits) The Child, the School and the Community (15 credits) Initial School Experience (15 credits) Final School Experience (30 credits) Children's Learning and Development (30 credits) Creativity in Learning and Teaching (Inspiration, Motivation and Challenge) (30 credits) Professional Development (15 credits)
Part time - Year 1: Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Primary Professional Enhancement (15 credits) The Child, the School and the Community (15 credits) Initial School Experience (15 credits) Children's Learning and Development (30 credits) Professional Development (15 credits)
- Year 2: Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.
Final School Experience (30 credits) Creativity in Learning and Teaching (Inspiration, Motivation and Challenge) (30 credits) Professional Development (15 credits)
Fees and finance
Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.
Trainees are assessed on a continuous basis for the award of Qualified Teacher Status. School Direct Training programme students will also complete assignments for the academic award of the PGCE.
The programme leads to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.
Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in primary schools.