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School Direct

School Direct is a route into teaching which moves the focus of study from a university based programme to a school based programme with university input.

Whether you’ve just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years (education based or otherwise), the School Direct route enables you to learn to teach, whilst actually doing the job, maximising the time spent in school.

We are looking to recruit graduates to begin training in primary and secondary schools across Bexley. We work closely in partnership with UCL, Institute of Education, University of Greenwich and Canterbury Christ Church University to provide School Direct Tuition Fee and School Direct Salaried routes into teaching.

Our courses include:

                  • the majority of the school year based in one main host school from our alliance within Bexley
                  • a second school placements in a school differing in context to your main host school, but still within Bexley
                  • highly trained and experienced in-school mentors
                  • strong support provided by the Bexley Teaching School Alliance
                  • networking opportunities with trainees from other school
                  • PCGE (tuition fee route only) and Qualified Teacher Status accreditation from an outstanding Ofsted rated university. Please note, salaried trainees can also work towards a PGCE. Please ask for further information
                  • a personalised approach to your training
                  • support to secure a teaching position on completion of the course. While we cannot guarantee employment, we will support you to gain a minimum of an interview at a Bexley school. We have a 100% success rate of our trainees moving immediately into employment following the training year.

The training programmes will build your confidence and subject knowledge and give you the necessary skills to become an effective classroom practitioner. Throughout the year, you will be supported by a highly-trained mentor who will hold weekly meetings to review your progress and set targets. As your confidence grows, you will deliver parts of lessons on your own, taking on more responsibility until you are teaching full lessons. As part of your further development you will undertake one other main placement at another school, usually in a different context to your ‘home’ school. There will also be the opportunity to spend a varying amount of time at other schools to further enhance your learning through experiencing a diverse range of educational settings. Our placement strategy is aimed at giving you the best preparation possible for a successful teaching career.

What are the entry criteria?

Places on either training programme will be conditional to:

  • a degree qualification from the UK (or equivalent). Please notes preference will be given to applicants with a 2:1 classification or higher. For secondary places, the degree will need to have direct relevance to the subject you wish to teach. If you have an overseas qualification, please speak to NARIC.
  • at least 2 weeks work experience in a school is desirable, within the last 2 years. One way to gain experience can be through the School Experience Programme (SEP). If you are applying for a secondary School Direct programme, you will also need to spend 5 days in a primary setting, prior to starting the course.
  • GCSE English and Maths Grade C (5-8) or above (and Science if you are applying for a Primary place). Equivalency tests are accepted but please speak to us about the companies to use for this.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
  • Occupational health screening to show you have a suitable level of health to work.
  • Entitlement to work in the UK.

In addition to this, if you are applying for a School Direct (salaried) place, the following are desirable

  • at least 3 years (or equivalent) work experience. This experience can be in any field and does not have to be related to education or working with you people at all. This route is intended for career changers.

What places are available?

We have a range of places available in primary and many secondary subject areas, from music to mathematics, economics to physics. Some of our places are through the School Direct route, where tuition fees must be paid and you will work towards gaining a PGCE and QTS. Other places are for the School Direct (Salaried) route, where you are paid a salary as you train and work towards gaining QTS only. See above for the eligibility criteria for both routes. 

School Direct Tuition Fee Places

Trainees on a School Direct Training Programme will pay tuition fees to cover the cost of the course (currently £9250), but home and EU trainees will be eligible for a grants and bursaries to help with this. Please click here for further information. In many subjects (particularly shortage secondary school subjects such as maths, physics and MfL) these are very generous. This route into teaching is for high quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one. Experience working with young people is vital, and we would expect applicants to have a minimum of 2 weeks experience in a school at the age range appropriate for the course that they are applying to.


School Direct (Salaried) Places

Trainees on the School Direct (Salaried) Training Programme will be employed as an unqualified teacher by their school and will therefore earn a salary at U1 (unqualified 1) of the outer London teacher pay scale. This is an employment-based route into teaching for high quality experienced graduates with three or more years’ work experience. This career experience does not have to be from an educational setting or from working with young people as we believe career changers can bring valuable skills and experience to the profession from other sectors. We have salaried places available at primary schools and secondary schools. Some experience with young people is vital to the application process, and we would expect applicants to have a minimum of 2 weeks experience in a school at the age range appropriate for the course that they are applying to.

Both routes carry a genuine intention to provide employment to those who successfully achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), however it is very difficult for schools to predict what their staffing levels will look like at the completion of the course. The BTSA will ensure that support is provided for students to, at the very least, secure an interview within Bexley.

How to apply

Full details of how to apply for School Direct places can be found at the UCAS teacher training website and a video giving further information is also available:



The UCAS application system opens in October annually. When searching for BTSA places, our primary and secondary places will be found under the lead Teaching School which is Bedonwell Infant and Nursery School, postcode DA17 5PF.  We interview on a monthly basis and close courses on UCAS once they are full. Please contact us to enquire as to whether places are availble within your subject area. Successful applicants will initially be invited to a school based interview, often then followed by an interview at UCL, Institute of Education.

If you have any further questions in relation to the School Direct programme please contact our Teaching School Lead, Natalie Palin, by emailing

 We wish you luck with your application and look forward to hearing from you.