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Primary School Direct

School Direct is a one-year full-time route into teaching. All School Direct programmes lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - allowing you to teach either primary or secondary age groups in England and Wales. As a School Direct trainee you can choose whether to opt into studying for a PGCE or follow the QTS-only option.

School Direct programmes enable you to gain a school-led teaching qualification whilst working in close partnership with the Institute of Education. 

We work with over 300 schools - both primary and secondary - to offer this route into teaching alongside the university-led PGCE route. At the Institute of Education, we pride ourselves on the excellent relationships we have with these partner schools.

"As a career changer, I was looking for a route into teaching which provided immediate immersion into both teaching and school life.

"School-led training offered a practical hands-on approach under the tutelage of experienced practitioners and allowed me to gain a broad range of experiences whilst becoming an active member of the school community. This knowledge together with the in-depth academic focus, provided by the University of Reading, meant being able to view high quality teaching practices, methodology and pedagogy and put it into practice. The University also provided exceptional support during my training year, allowing me the time and freedom to reflect, frame and inform my teaching practice and to ultimately be accountable for how I evolved as a teacher.

"I have successfully secured my first teaching post at a primary school in Caversham, Reading, and I am looking forward to starting my new career. "

Tuition fee-funded trainee

How you'll learn

The Primary School Direct route prepares you to teach in all primary and early years schools and settings. Most of your time will be spent in your training school with a placement of six weeks in a contrasting second school.  You can also choose to train or carry out a second school placement in a special school.

You will be trained to teach the full curriculum within the primary age-range, and your training will cover a minimum of four year groups.

During the year you will attend 30 central training sessions, based at the University. These sessions are where you will receive input and support and have the opportunity to meet with other trainees. You will  be assigned a school mentor, whom you will meet with once a week. A tutor from the University will also visit you regularly.

Subject specialism in Primary Mathematics

We are one of the few providers in the country authorised to offer Primary trainees the opportunity to follow the Primary with Mathematics specialism route, leading to subject leadership, or specialist teaching of mathematics within a primary setting. Trainees following this route may be eligible for an additional bursary depending upon their A-level qualifications.

School Direct programmes

If you decide to follow a school-led route you will need to select from the following programmes:

School Direct Tuition Fee Programme QTS only

Lead Schools offer training based in school with supporting sessions at the Institute of Education. You may be eligible for a bursary depending on your subject and undergraduate degree.

  • Duration: 1 year
  • Fees: payable by the student
  • Outcome: QTS only

School Direct Tuition Fee Programme PGCE

This programme is delivered through training in schools and supporting sessions looking at effective teaching taught at the Institute of Education. You may be eligible for a bursary and student loan for this programme.

  • Duration: 1 year, full time
  • Fees: payable by the student
  • Outcome: PGCE and QTS

School Direct Salaried Programme QTS Only

This programme is taught through training in schools and supporting sessions at the Institute of Education.  For a salaried place you must have at least three years' full time work experience (in any industry) after your degree.

  • Duration: 1 year, full time
  • Fees: paid by School and the student will receive a salary
  • Outcome: QTS only

School Direct Salaried Programme PGCE

This programme is taught through training in schools and supporting evidence-based sessions at the Institute of Education. For a salaried place you must have at least three years full time work experience (in any industry) after your degree.

  • Duration: 1 year, full time
  • Fees: paid by School and the student will receive a salary
  • Outcome: PGCE and QTS

Applications for all School Direct courses should be made to the lead schools through UCAS.

Our Primary School Direct partners

Schools
Burnham Grammar School
Calthorpe Park Fleet
Christ the King Catholic Primary School
Bracknell Forest Partnership
Geoffrey Field Junior School
Maiden Erlegh School
Encompass Learning Alliance
Trinity School
Uplands Primary School
Upton Court Grammar School
Wycombe High School

"I started teacher training in September 2016. Having spent the previous four years in work, I didn't want to go back to University full time, so enrolled on a school-based train to teach course. This route suited me perfectly; I was able to learn on the job and get paid.

"I spent the majority of my time in one school, allowing me to receive continued support from both the school and the University. I attended University at various points throughout the year and received multiple visits from tutors, all of which were very helpful.

"Following a successful training year, I have been employed on a permanent basis within my training school and I am currently preparing myself for my NQT year as a year 4 teacher. "

Salaried trainee

Applications and enquiries

Applications for all School Direct programmes should be made to the lead school through UCAS. You can apply to more than one school with School Direct, and also for other routes into teaching such as our University-led campus-based Primary PGCE programmes.

Visit the Department for Education (DfE) website for more information on School Direct, or contact the University of Reading School Direct administration team on schooldirect@reading.ac.uk.

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