School Direct is a school-led teacher training route, where participating schools recruit and select their own trainees with the expectation that on completion of the course, their former trainees will teach at the school or within the alliance of schools at which they trained.

Places are offered by a school in partnership with an accredited teacher training provider, such as UEL. You can expect to be trained in schools with experience of teacher training. Some of these schools will have been judged as outstanding by Ofsted.

At the end of the programme you will be recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

    We work in partnership with a number of schools and school alliances in the delivery of School Direct courses.

    You will need to visit the schools' individual websites to find out more details of the primary and secondary schools in their wider partnership, and where you could potentially undertake your training.

    You should register and apply through UCAS Teacher Training application system which has a searchable database of schools offering School Direct.

    If you have any further queries please email :

    The School of Education and Communities has a strong commitment to working in partnership with local schools to support teacher development. We can support you in each stage of the School Direct journey and will work in partnership with you to ensure high-quality teacher training for your specific staffing needs.

    If your school wishes to be involved in School Direct training and would like more information about how the School of Education and Communities can work with you and our models of provision please contact us.

    School Direct gives schools the opportunity to ‘grow your own’ staff, sharing the training and/or the employment commitment across a group of schools, supported by UEL as the accredited ITT provider. The School of Education and Communities has extensive experience of teacher training and over 500 new teachers graduate from the school each year.

    School Direct programmes can be designed to include the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education. This involves integrating two Masters’ Level (level 7) modules into the training year. Both modules are specifically designed for the training year and are practice-based.

    Trainees on School Direct Salaried programmes will be paid, as a minimum, on the lowest point of the unqualified teacher scale. There is no ‘supernumerary’ requirement. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) provides funding, which the participating schools use to subsidise the trainee’s salary and/or training.

    Self-funded training is usually paid for by the school. Application by the school on behalf of the candidate is made directly to UEL. Contact us for further information and an application form