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Train to be a teacher

School Direct in the Wider Ponteland Partnership

School Direct courses are designed by groups of schools and a university – based on the skills they are looking for in a newly qualified teacher (NQT). The schools recruit you as a trainee onto their School Direct course. This is a popular choice for those who wish to work 'on the job' as they train.


School Direct courses generally last a year, and you’ll train in at least two good schools.  This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’ – but you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.


The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses. You’re also equally eligible for a training bursary (or, where appropriate, scholarship) and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans. School Direct courses all result in qualified teacher status (QTS). Most also award you a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or Master’s-level credits, but you should check individual courses on the UCAS Teacher Training site.


These combined factors mean that school-led courses have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction. And, with the expansion of School Direct, the chances to train locally are better than ever – wherever you live in England, there should be a School Direct partnership nearby.


Advice is available from Get Into Teaching Line adviser on Freephone 0800 389 2500.


Darras Hall Primary School is part of the Wider Ponteland Partnership (WPP) School Direct training programme.  See the attached brochure for more information, or contact our school directly.