What is School Direct?

School Direct is a national teacher training initiative offering the exciting opportunity to train alongside outstanding practitioners, gaining valuable knowledge skills and professional attitudes that will enable you to start you on your journey to becoming an outstanding teacher and a future school leader.  For the academic year 2020-21, two types of School Direct training places are available:

  • The School Direct Training Programme.  This is open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may be eligible for a bursary from the Teaching Agency (TA).
  • The School Direct Training Programme (salaried).  This is an employment based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience.  The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school.  The Teaching Agency provides funding for the school to subsidise the trainee’s salary and/or training

Entry Requirements All candidates are required to have, or are expected to gain:  - A good degree of a United Kingdom Higher Education Institution of 2.2 or above - GCSE English Language, Mathematics and a Science at Grade 4 (Grade C) or above.  Applicants must be a graduate with a minimum of a 2.2 degree although applicants with a 2.1 or 1st class degree will be seen as more desirable.  Graduates will need to be able to demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.  Applicants can apply from any degree subject discipline; however applicants will need to demonstrate how the skills, knowledge and understanding developed within the degree are applicable to primary teaching.  Applicants who are currently retaking a GCSE or awaiting a degree classification will be offered a conditional place if successful on interview until the grade can be confirmed.  Admission is subject to a suitable DBS Enhanced Certificate and a satisfactory health check.

For programmes which begin after April 2020, applicants are no longer required to undertake the professional skills tests in English and Maths, but there remains a requirement for trainee teachers to demonstrate competency in the use of English and Maths in a professional context.  Northumbria students will be supported in developing these skills over the course of their programme and their competency assessed before recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

International qualifications: If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements: International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*Northumbria University accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in their English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Experience - experience working with children in a school or other settings will enhance your application.  - An informed professional reference to support the work experience.  - A reference containing a strong recommendation that they are suitable to train as a primary school teacher.  In addition to the academic qualifications we will consider the full range of knowledge, skills and prior experiences of every application in judging whether the applicant is capable of meeting the requirements.


TETSA can offer you:

  • Outstanding pedagogy delivered by specialist staff in all areas of the curriculum
  • School based training sessions delivered by outstanding leaders and staff in a range of settings across our partner schools
  • Strong and skilled support networks in the application of effective teaching and learning methodology
  • Strong partnerships between Northumbria University and our school-based trainers
  • Continuing professional development opportunities
  • Employment opportunities
  • Professional and approachable ITT mentors
  • NQT support
  • Our end of course celebration event are hosted at the stunning Ramside Hall in County Durham.  This visit is inclusive of an overnight stay, all meals and use of the spa facilities.  The opportunity provides you with a relaxed environment to reflect upon your learning.