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 2018-19, 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 Science at Grade C or above - 2 A levels or equivalent 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. Applicants must have passed the English and mathematics skills test before commencing the course. 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 launch and celebration events are hosted at the stunning Ramside Hall in County Durham.Both visits are inclusive of an overnight stay, all meals and use of the spa facilities.The opportunities provide you with a relaxed environment to get to know one another and reflect upon your learning.