Secondary teaching at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)
School Direct is a training route which allows you to work and study within a school of your choice while studying towards a postgraduate qualification (PGCE) degree and Qualified Teacher Status.
This is an innovative training route which allows you to choose the school, or group of schools, in which you train with an intention, but no absolute guarantee, that they will employ you once you successfully graduate. School Direct is run as a partnership between a lead school, other schools in their alliance and an accredited teacher training provider.
We have established successful partnerships with schools to offer both School Direct salaried and non-salaried courses for Primary and Secondary teaching:
– The School Direct Training Programme
This is open to all graduates (including those who expect to complete their degree prior to the September start date). You will pay tuition fees and may be eligible for student loans, and a bursary or scholarship.
– The School Direct Training Programme (salaried)
This is an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. You will pay tuition fees and be employed as an unqualified teacher by a school who will pay you a salary.
The salaried option of the School Direct programme is ideal if you wish to bring your career experience to the field of teaching. Career changers can bring valuable real-world skills and knowledge to the classroom to inspire the next generation.
From the beginning you will be working within a school, learning and training in the classroom while supported by qualified teachers and mentors. You will also spend time studying at the University, as you progress towards gaining a postgraduate qualification in education (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status.
The salary you receive will be dependent on the school you apply to and the subject you wish to teach. However you will usually be paid as an unqualified teacher on point one or above of the unqualified teacher scale.
School Direct (salaried) places are offered by a school or group of schools in partnership with NTU. The schools involved have an excellent history of involvement in teacher training and a long history of supporting trainees to become confident and effective teachers.
You can apply to more than one school with this programme. You apply directly through UCAS. Interview and selection will be conducted by both staff from NTU and from the school.
Careers and employability
You will be employed as an unqualified teacher while training. The salary you receive will be dependent on the school you apply to and the subject you wish to teach. However you will usually be paid as a unqualified teacher on point one or above of the unqualified teacher scale.
It is expected that you will continue to work at the school or group of schools in which you trained, after you gain your teaching qualification. However there is no absolute guarantee of employment once you finish.
You will gain a Qualified Teaching Status if you successfully complete the course and therefore can apply to other schools as a Newly Qualified Teacher in the event that you are not employed by your training school.
You will work within the school or group of schools to which you applied. You may also be expected to spend time in a range of other key stages, or schools to observe best practice and expand your practical experience.