School Direct Additional Information

Entry Requirements

We are looking for enthusiastic and committed applicants who have the potential to make outstanding teachers. We want to see that applicants have considered the teaching profession and are aware of their subject or phase and the current issues relating to it.

Most importantly we are looking for reflective and resilient people who have a willingness to enter a profession dedicated to lifelong learning.

You will need to satisfy the following requirements:

  • A degree (BSc, BA, BS, etc.) 2:2 and above (1st or 2:1 preferred). For Secondary applicants the type and subject of your degree is very important: The subject content should be 50% of the subject you wish to train to teach in. If you are unsure, you should contact the HEI provider for the route and subject you wish to pursue, for advice on your degree content.
  • GCSE English and Maths (‘C’ and above)
  • GCSE Science (‘C’ and above), if you wish to teach in a primary school
  • We expect that you are able to tell us about recent and relevant experience in a relevant school setting, preferably within the last 12 months. You should also ensure that your references are able to tell us about your skills, experience and the contribution you made.Advice on who your referees can be, can be found here.
  • We will also give priority to applicants who have already passed both their numeracy and literacy skills tests at the time of interview. If you haven’t already done your skills tests, you will only be able to book them once your application has been made.

Applicants must be aware that they may be placed in any of our partner schools throughout the training year. You will also be expected to attend join training at Harton Technology College as well as the H.E.I. providing the training. The travel implications of this are something to bear in mind when selecting a School Direct Place.  We strongly recommend looking at the web-sites of the schools you may be placed at.

Information on the application process in UCAS can be found here. UCAS also publish dates when applications can be submitted.

Once submitted, your application is ‘held’ by UCAS until your referees have submitted their references. Only when they have done this, your application is forwarded to us and we will consider whether to offer you an interview or not. We will do this within 40 working days.

Interview Days

If successful at the application stage, you will be invited for interview. This will involve a full day spent at one of our partner schools. The day is a rigorous selection process where you will be required to teach a short observed lesson (usually around 20-25 minutes), and have the opportunity to talk to some staff and our students. There will also be a series of tasks including a group and written task designed to show off your strengths. You will be told in advance about the content of the lesson and the age group you will be teaching as well as any other relevant information to enable you to show off your skills and qualities. There will be representation from the accrediting provider who will ensure that you meet all of the academic requirements of the course.


All offers to train with us are conditional to the applicant gaining a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service check, a professional skills tests in literacy and numeracy and proof of qualifications.

Financing your studies, bursaries and funding

Financial support for trainee teachers has never been better. You could get £30,000 tax-free while you train, either as a bursary or prestigious scholarship – or you could earn a salary of up to £25,000 while you train on a School Direct (salaried) course. Your eligibility for financial support, and the amount you can expect to receive, will depend on the subject you choose to teach and your degree classification or highest relevant academic qualification. If your degree isn’t in the subject you wish to teach, you may be eligible for a funded course to increase your subject knowledge before starting your training.

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Financial incentives for postgraduate non-salaried teacher training courses in 2018/19 by subject:

Eligibility 2018 to 2019 Trainee with 1st/PhD 2:1/Master’s 2:2 Other
Physics, biology, chemistry, classics, computing, geography, languages £26,000 £26,000 £26,000 £0
Secondary mathematics £20,000 £20,000 £20,000 £0
English £15,000 £15,000 £15,000 £0
Design and technology £12,000 £9,000 £0 £0
History, music, religious education £9,000 £4,000 £0 £0
Primary mathematics £6,000 £6,000 £6,000 £0

Secondary mathematics early-career payments

Secondary mathematics trainees will receive 2 additional early-career payments of £5,000 each (£7,500 if teaching in specified areas of England) in their third and fifth year of teaching, if they have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their teacher training course. These amounts are after tax, so teachers will receive the full amount as stated.

Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE)Please direct any queries to

We may ask you to take an SKE course if we feel you have the right qualities to become a teacher, but think you need to complete additional subject training first. If that’s the case, we will offer you a place conditional on doing an SKE course.

This could be for several reasons, including:

  • your degree wasn’t in your chosen subject, but it was closely related
  • you studied the subject at A level, but not at university
  • you have relevant professional experience, and an SKE course will show you how to apply that to the curriculum and your teaching

SKE courses are fully funded – so you won’t have to pay any tuition fees – and you may be eligible for a training bursary of up to £7,200 to support you throughout the course.

They can be completed before your teacher training or could be delivered in parallel with some or all of your teacher training. The length of SKE varies depending on your need – from eight-week ‘refresher’ or ‘booster’ programmes, through to more extensive 36-week courses.