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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.

Primary School Direct Film

The Institute of Education collaborates with local primary schools across the region to deliver Primary School Direct programmes, preparing you to teach in all primary and early years schools and settings.

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 400 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.

"The School Direct route is individually tailored to meet your needs and work on your already existing skills and experiences. You're the one who sets your starting point really."

Sherine Ahmed

Primary School Direct (Salaried)

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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 Partners

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
  • Outcome: QTS only
  • Fees: typically paid by the student, however the student will receive a salary
  • Require at least three years' full time work experience (in any industry) after your degree.

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
  • Outcome: PGCE and QTS
  • Fees: typically paid by the student, however the student will receive a salary
  • Require at least three years' full time work experience (in any industry) after your degree.

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Primary School Direct Partners

Applications and Enquiries

Apply for teacher training is a new GOV.UK service where you can apply for postgraduate teacher training. 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.

Teacher training events

Come to a Postgraduate Initial Teacher Training event. These events cover all routes into teaching for Early Years, Primary and Secondary Postgraduate programmes.

Read Sherine's story

The School Directroute is individually tailored to meet your needs and work on your alreadyexisting skills and experiences. You're the one who sets your starting pointreally.

Sherine Ahmed

Primary School Direct (Salaried)

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