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School Direct

A new route into teaching

School Direct is a new route into teaching which is led by schools, working in close collaboration with Initial Teacher Training (ITT) providers. Many of the new Teaching Schools are part of this new programme along with other outstanding schools. Canterbury Christ Church University works in close partnership with a large number of schools involved in this programme, and is proud of its record of innovation in initial teacher education.

There are 3 dimensions to a School Direct programme which you will need to consider:

  1. Salaried or unsalaried: Some School Direct places are offered by schools as salaried posts. In order to qualify for a salaried place, you will need to have worked for 3 years or longer in any field, since you graduated. Unsalaried trainees may be eligible for a government bursary, subject to criteria such as your degree classification and subject. Both variations will involve payment of fees, either by the trainee or the school.
  2. Programme outcome: School Direct pathways can lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) alone, or to QTS plus 1 or 2 Masters-level modules, or to a full 120 credit PGCE. Applicants need to check this with the school to which they will apply. Regardless of the outcome, you will be expected to plan and evaluate lessons, and keep a detailed learning journal. If you choose a route involving the PGCE or the completion of academic modules, the programme assessment will also include written assignments. Fees for 2013-14 have yet to be agreed and will be paid by all trainees unless there is prior agreement that their school will pay them. For 2012-13, our fees for a QTS-only route were 5,500 and for a full PGCE were 8,500.
  3. The extent to which your school will be involved in teaching the programme: Schools may opt to have  a large majority of the teaching on your programme undertaken by the University, often at its Canterbury campus. In other cases, schools will be organising more of the taught elements of your programme on-site, or shared across a federation or consortium of schools. It is likely that at least some of your programme will be taught on one of the University’s campuses.

Please see our FAQs page for our answers to other commonly asked questions.

How to apply?

You will need to visit the Teaching Agency website to search for a school local to you that is offering school direct places.

Contact details for the lead schools offering places are given on the Teaching Agency website. You are recommended to contact your school of choice in order to check that the pathway will meet your requirements. 

You will need to have registered with the Teaching Agency which will allow you to complete the online application form at their website (see above). Applications will be screened by us to ensure that they meet our basic criteria. They will then be passed to schools for shortlisting; schools will then invite shortlisted candidates for interview. You may be required to attend a second interview at the University. The decision whether or not to accept an applicant on to a School Direct programme is made jointly by the University and the school.

Where can I find out more?

For applicants:    

  • Click here for background information on the School Direct programme.
  • Click here for our list of frequently asked questions about school direct. 
  • Click here for government information on fees and bursary entitlements for 2013-14.
  • Click here for information about our PGCE.
  • Click here to email us if you have any further queries.

For schools:

  • Guide to recruiting on to School Direct (please note this is currently being revised)         
  • Click here for our funding scenarios which illustrate the financial implications for schools running school direct        
  • Click here for background information on the School Direct programme.
  • Click here for our general information leaflet.   
  • Click here to email us if you have any further queries.