Index Magazine Article

School report

It's a new year and perhaps a change of career appeared on your New Year resolution list?  If you've ever contemplated teaching as a career but have been put off by the training requirements, you might want to consider School Direct.

This government-run scheme is a school-based route into teaching that allows you to train 'on the job'.  Knole Academy in Sevenoaks is the lead school for a partnership that comprises two secondary and seven primary schools that work in conjunction with the London Diocesan Board for Schools and the University of Sussex.

Successful trainee teachers starting out on the School Direct programme can work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Who can apply? High quality graduates are sought-after, including those looking for a change of career.  The entry requirements include English, maths and science GCSE's of grade C or above, a degree of 2:2 or above, three years' work experience and two weeks of school experience.

How does it work?  Trainees undertake their training in school, being released for one or two days each week to either Sussex or London training providers.  They learn alongside trained teachers while being employed as an 'unqualified' teacher.  The training is spread over a one-year period and there are both salaried and unsalaried routes available.

How to apply?  Candidates can apply through UCAS throughout the year provided there are still places available.  There are bursaries and funding available for some priority subjects such as maths and science.


Amy and Jenny