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    22 February 2018

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As a motivating and engaging primary school teacher, you will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on a child's life.

School Direct is a route into teaching which involves schools working in partnership with accredited teacher training institutions, such as ours, to devise a training programme. We have a successful track record of working with schools to offer School Direct training routes to Qualified Teacher Status. Collectively, we are committed to the development of outstanding teachers who have a transformative impact on learners' lives.

The key focus of our School Direct programmes is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to teach across the primary age phase (electing to specialise within either the 3–7, 5–11 or 7–11 age range). During your training, you will develop an understanding of the National Curriculum and the learning needs of children. You will also develop the professional values and practice that you will require to meet the broad demands of teaching.

The quality of teacher training in primary education was rated as 'Outstanding' in Ofsted's report on our initial teacher education provision in 2016. "The high employment rates on both core and School Direct routes which support local needs" was identified by Ofsted as a key strength.

Routes into teaching

We are delighted to work with a number of schools, alliances and multi-academy trusts in London and the South East to offer two School Direct routes into teaching:

School Direct salaried programme

School Direct programme

Both of our programmes include a combination of school-based training and university-based courses. Our programmes harness the knowledge, experience and expertise of our school colleagues within the partnership in the delivery of both programmes.

We have a long history of teacher training, going back over 100 years at Avery Hill Campus. Employment rates are consistently above national and London averages. Training is delivered by highly effective teachers from both our partner schools and the university.

School Direct salaried programme

Our School Direct salaried programme is open to graduates with three or more years' career experience. This does not necessarily need to have been in a school or education setting.

Trainees will be employed as an unqualified teacher with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. This programme leads to the recommendation of the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

School Direct programme

Our School Direct programme is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. Trainees will study for a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) as well as the recommendation of the award of Qualified Teacher Status.

Home and EU students may be eligible for a tuition fee loan available through Student Finance England. In addition, a bursary may be available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). For more details on funding, visit the Department for Education website.

Our partners

Our current training partners include:

School Direct salaried programme:

School Direct programme:

What you'll study

For those trainees embarking upon the School Direct programme, you will follow our PGCE route.

The full-time PGCE consists of the following 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 (30 credits)
  • Professional Development (15 credits).

You will have the option to study both the Children's Learning and Development course and the Creativity in Learning and Teaching course at Master's level, earning 60 Master's-level credits.

The School Direct salaried programme is an employment-based route into teaching and will lead to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

The majority of training will take place within schools. The training programme will be personalised to the individual's professional needs but will include training in a range of areas. For example, teaching and learning, curriculum, assessment, working with parents and the community.

All training is closely aligned to support the trainee achieve the Teachers' Standards. In addition to this, taught input will also be provided by the University of Greenwich.

Both programmes are 1 year full-time.


Trainees are assessed on a continuous basis for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). School Direct programme students will also complete assignments for the academic award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Professional recognition

The programme leads to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.


Graduates for this programme can pursue a teaching career in primary schools.

Visit the School Direct Training Programmes (Primary) page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!





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