School Direct is a school-based approach to teacher training, which in many ways mirrors the life of a ‘real’ teacher, as you are based in school from the very start of the training and for the majority of the course.  The School Direct training at Newman runs alongside existing PGCE and undergraduate programmes.  When you successfully complete the course, you are awarded a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE with QTS) with the opportunity to attain additional Masters’ credits.

There are two School Direct routes into teaching:

  1. The School Direct Training programme: open to all graduates this route is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee directly. You will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships where eligible.
  2. The School Direct Training programme (salaried): this employment based route is aimed at high quality graduates usually with three or more years’ career experience. This experience will normally have been gained since leaving university and does not have to be from an educational setting. You are employed as a member of staff in school, as an unqualified teacher and paid a salary.

Recruitment and selection of trainees to the School Direct programme is primarily the responsibility of the schools involved and all applications must be made through the DfE, which is accountable for quality assurance, will work with partner Teaching School Alliances (TSA)  to assess the suitability of candidates for the programme, who must meet Newman’s standard entry requirements.