School Direct

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a programme whereby schools recruit trainees directly and select them to train and work within their partnership schools. Schools, therefore, have more control over the quality of training that is provided and how it is delivered. We guarantee an interview for any relevant post in a partnership school for those who are successful on the programme with us.

What are the routes?

There are two routes into School Direct: Salaried and non-salaried. The salaried route is aimed at graduates with at least three years work experience and is an employment based route into teaching. The non-salaried route is open to all graduates funded by tuition fees paid by the graduate through the student loan scheme. Our School Direct programmes will lead you to gaining a PGCE in conjunction with our partnership universities.

Who is in our partnership

We have a very successful and long-standing tradition of working with these schools and universities and have been fortunate enough to offer permanent employment to several of our School Direct Trainee teachers this year.

What kind of training can we offer you?

The model for training that we will follow will primarily focus on training in the classroom as well as having regular focused training days delivered by outstanding practitioners. We believe it is important to be in an innovative environment where you are supported and challenged to reach your potential.

The Warwick Partnership will be delivering all training and professional development to those on the School Direct programme. We believe this will give a rich and varied experience to prepare you for a highly successful teaching career.

University Training Component

Both School Direct Training and School Direct Salaried Routes

Our training is supported by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton

Both universities have a long and successful tradition in teacher education. The university works with us to provide quality inputs on how to teach and assess in different secondary subjects or across the curriculum in primary schools. The University also provides a comprehensive programme of professional studies which complements the sessions offered across our partnership. University sessions take place on the University campus and include a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials led by the Faculty of Education, excellent teachers from partnership schools and other educational experts. These sessions also allow you to share your experiences with other trainee teachers and reflect upon the learning and teaching trainees do in schools.

Every trainee is expected to complete a number of academic assignments at Masters Level which are designed to develop knowledge and understanding, encourage reflection and assess progress against the Teachers’ Standards. The University works in partnership with the school to organise a final assessment and make a recommendation for QTS. A university tutor will be assigned to support you whilst on the programme and you will be eligible to access a range of support services provided by the University.

School Direct Training Route
Candidates on a School Direct Training place will be automatically registered on the PGCE which offers up to 90 Master credits and enables progression onto an MEd in the NQT year.

School Direct Salaried Route
Candidates on the School Direct (salaried) route can opt for an additional academic award - a PGCE in Pedagogy and Practice (PP).

To find out more about our partnership with the universities please visit:

What are the entry criteria?

  • UK university degree (2:2 or above) or a recognized equivalent qualification
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics and successful completion of the Skills tests for Numeracy and Literacy before you commence the course
  • You will be required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify you’re suitable for working with young people


How to apply?

Applications must be made through UCAS Teacher Training using the APPLY system found on their website at

Candidates begin by registering their details; then choosing where, when and how they plan to train.  Applicants will need to provide details of two references as part of the application process. 

Once the application has been received and processed by UCAS, it is made available online for training providers to consider.

Applicants have two opportunities to secure a place – Apply 1 and Apply 2

Apply 1
This is the first application route, which allows applicants to apply to several training programmes simultaneously, from 1 November each year.  Candidates can choose up to three open training programmes at a time

Apply 2   
Eligible candidates can use Apply 2 from 2 January each year
The application fee for 2015 is £19 – which covers both Apply 1 and 2

Below is the link to the UCAS website where you can view a video on the School Direct application process.

Video on School Direct Application Process - to be able to access this video you will need either Firefox or Google Chrome.