School Direct information

Students in classWe offer the following School Direct routes for those training in Early Years, Primary or Secondary settings, including Special Schools:

  • Unsalaried - where trainees pay fees and may be entitled to training bursaries.
  • Salaried - where trainees are employed as unqualified teachers by their training school on at least the minimum of the unqualified teachers' pay scale (maintained schools) or at an advertised rate (academies).

Lead Schools are allocated training places through the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

All routes have taught sessions at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, at least once a week except for primary places offered through Pen Green Centre for Children and their Families.

School Direct (unsalaried) – Training Programme

With the University of Hertfordshire, the main features of this programme are:

  • Trainees are enrolled as full-time postgraduate students at the University of Hertfordshire studying for a Primary or Secondary Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE at Masters' Level).
  • At the end of the programme, successful trainees will be awarded a Primary or Secondary PGCE, which includes recommendation to the National College for Teaching and Leadership for Qualified Teacher Status.
  • Trainees may have a student loan from the Student Loan Company for living expenses while training and to pay the University of Hertfordshire fees for PGCE of £9,250, if they are eligible.
  • Bursaries are available for some subjects.
  • Trainees have a home school which was involved in their recruitment and will lead their training, including providing a mentor.
  • There is an expectation that the school or consortium of schools will employ the trainee once they have qualified.
  • The University of Hertfordshire, as the accredited provider, remains accountable for the quality of the training and ensuring the training meets and continues to meet the Initial Teacher Training criteria (ITT training criteria)

Find out more about School Direct (training programme).

School Direct (salaried)

With the University of Hertfordshire, the main features of this programme are:

  • It is directed towards high quality graduates with three or more years' career experience.
  • Schools employ the trainees as unqualified teachers.
  • Trainees are enrolled as part-time postgraduate students at the University of Hertfordshire
  • At the end of the programme successful trainees have the opportunity to gain 30 credits at Masters level and are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.
  • There is an expectation that the school or consortium of schools continue to employ the trainee once they have qualified.
  • The University of Hertfordshire, as the accredited provider, remains accountable for the quality of the training and ensuring the training meets and continues to meet the Initial Teacher Training criteria.

Find out more about School Direct (salaried).

Funding to schools for salaried allocations

Funding is provided from the National College for Teaching and Leadership and this reflects priorities in:

  • subjects or specialism
  • location of school

Read more about School Direct guidance for schools.

If your school has allocated places with the University of Hertfordshire for 2018-19, or you are interested in working with us for 2019-20, find out more information about School Direct.

Trainees

Trainees need to apply directly to a school through UCAS TT

Find out more about entry requirements.

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