School Direct

School Direct is school-led, employment-based postgraduate initial teacher training, leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

School Direct (salaried) is an employment-based route for high quality graduates, typically with at least three years’ experience of transferable work history. You’ll earn a salary while you train towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation, and won’t need to pay any tuition fees. This route is available for students wishing to pursue a primary or early years route, and is run by individual schools or school clusters in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire. These providers work closely with us and we are responsible for certifying successful trainees.

Students will be part of a school team from the start and will receive intensive support from experienced teachers in the classroom. Opportunities will exist to build networks with fellow trainees, through cluster based training programmes.

Students undertake two main school placements. They are expected to complete the appropriate school based tasks, and to build a PDP (Professional Development Portfolio) of evidence during the academic year in order to demonstrate they have met the Teachers’ Standards.

Students do not undertake academic credits on this programme. However, all components, including completion of two assignments will need to be assessed to gain QTS.

On the School Direct scheme, the University works in close partnership with a number of local schools to deliver training for Primary PGCE students. Schools select their own trainees and an agreed syllabus is followed which includes professional, pedagogical and subject development. This route is available on either on a tuition fee (non-salaried) or salaried basis.

Tuition fee (non-salaried)

This training programme involves unsalaried placements within a school and is full-time for one academic year. Although the programme is funded by tuition fees paid directly by the trainee, you will also be eligible for a standard support package which includes training bursaries, tuition fee loans and scholarships where applicable.


This is normally a ten-month programme where you are employed directly by the school and earn a salary as an unqualified teacher. It is only open to graduates with three or more years’ career experience. You will need to demonstrate a good understanding of learning and teaching in the primary years for this option.

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