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School Lead Teacher Training

School-led teacher teacher training courses generally last a year and all lead to qualified teacher status (QTS). A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and/or master's-level credits are often included.

School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

Schools that have been given Government approval to run their own training are called SCITTs. They provide practical, hands-on teacher training delivered by experienced, practising teachers based in their own school or at a school in their network.

All SCITT courses generally last a year and result in QTS.

School Direct and School Direct (Salaried)

These programmes are employment based routes into qualifying as a teacher while working in a school.

There are two types of training place available under the scheme, the School Direct Programme and the School Direct (Salaried) Programme which is for graduates who have been working for at least 3 years and for career changers.

School Direct is a popular choice for those who hope to secure a teaching post in the network of schools they are training with. If you're successful in your training, there is a Government expectation that you will get a job offer in one of the schools when you qualify. School Direct courses generally last a year and all result in QTS.

With School Direct (Salaried) you'll be based at a school and earn a salary during your training – and you can expect a job offer when you qualify.

Further information:

Full details of all these training options, funding and how to apply can be found on the DfE website at:


School Direct: Information for Schools on Getting Involved

School Direct enables schools to:

  • select and recruit their own trainees – with an expectation that trainees will be employed by the school or partnership of schools once they are qualified
  • choose which teacher training provider to work with
  • agree the content and focus of the training programme depending on the needs of both the trainees and the school
  • decide how funding will be split between the school and the training provider

School Direct is run by a partnership between a lead school, other schools and an accredited teacher training provider.

Training places are allocated to the lead school on behalf of the partnership, usually for 1 year. The lead school has overall responsibility for requesting places from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) and ensuring that the criteria for School Direct are met.

For more information on how to get involved visit the DfE website at: