Frequently Asked Questions

School Direct (non-salaried)
As the name suggests, the School Direct (non-salaried) route of study is unpaid. The School Direct (non-salaried) route is run by a school or group of schools who work closely with a university or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) consortium to offer a school based training programme.

School Direct (salaried)
A school-led teacher training course option, this route is available for both primary and secondary teaching and is run by the school or group of schools. These providers work closely with a university or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). School Direct (salaried) training programme are employed by the school as unqualified teachers whilst they learn on-the-job.

School Direct and SCITT are very similar as in they are both a school based route into teacher training led by partnership of schools. Both routes will award QTS and some will also offer a PGCE. The main difference is in who awards the QTS. In a SCITT this is awarded by a SCITT where in School Direct this is awarded by the partner HEI. The SCITTs that also offer a PGCE with partner with a HEI to award this element.

No, each School Direct Programme/SCITT programmes are unique to the group of schools offering the programme. All of the programmes will have general coverage to ensure that you meet the Initial Teacher Training Standards but each will offer a bespoke programme that often reflects the values and ethos of the consortium.

Yes, you can train to teach all phases (EYFS, Primary and Secondary) through the School Direct/SCITT training programmes and you are able to train in both mainstream and special schools.

Programmes generally last for one year. Some schools may offer training on a part-time basis; you should contact your chosen school to discuss this.

Candidates must have prior to commencement of the course:
At least a 2:2 degree from a UK university (some SCITTs can accept 3rds)
Candidates need GCSE English, maths & Science grade C or above (or equivalent qualification) for Primary and Maths and English grade C or above for Secondary.

Requirements may vary depending on the provider – Please look at individual providers for their specific requirements.

The cost of the programme can differ depending on the qualification awarded on completion, please check with the Lead School/SCITT Provider.

Details of funding available can be found on the Department for Education, Get Into Teaching, Funding for Postgraduate Teaching Training pages.

You are required to undertake Professional Skills Tests in Literacy and Numeracy prior to entry to this programme. Successful completion of the Professional Skills Tests will form part of the conditions of any offer of a place. Further details can be found on the Department for Education website:

Yes. This is your opportunity to explain why the school should offer you a place on the programme.

Yes. Before commencement of the course you will some school experience, but training providers differ in their requirements. Please check with individual training providers for details.

Many Lead Schools/SCITTS will endeavour to help you gain your experience within their Alliance; however this may not always be possible.

Each Lead School/SCITT will work with their own specific groups of schools. To find out exactly which schools they work in partnership with either contact the Lead School/SCITT or visit their website.

Yes; however you will need to ensure that the Lead School/SCITT provider is either a Special School or has links with one.

All Lead Schools are linked to a HEI/SCITT as they are the accrediting body for the programme. If you are applying to a SCITT they will award your qualification but you may also be linked to a HEI if the programme includes Masters Credit.

The teacher training provider(s) you apply to may ask you to take an SKE course if they feel you have the right qualities to become a teacher, but they think you need to complete additional subject training first. If that’s the case, they’ll offer you a place conditional on doing an SKE course.
SKE courses are fully funded and are available all over England at universities, schools, or third parties. They can be completed before your teacher training or could be delivered in parallel with some or your entire teacher training.
Please speak with your chosen teaching training provider for more information before you submit your teacher training application.

To apply for a teacher training place please visit

Applications open 26th October 2017.