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School Direct

Old Basing Infant School works with the Aspire Taaching Alliance to support the School Direct route into a career in teaching.


What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school-led teacher training programme.  School Direct courses are designed by a group of schools in partnership with a university. A School Direct course lasts a year and you will train in at least two schools.

Why choose School Direct?

This course offers a brilliant option if you want to train and learn ‘on the job’, and you shouldn’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end. You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.


There are 2 types of School Direct training placements available:

School Direct (tuition fee) places

These places are open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee. The fees for our programme are £9000 and this may be financed by a government loan from Student Finance. 

School Direct (salaried) places

These places are aimed mainly at graduates with 3 or more years’ work experience.  Trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher. Please contact us for more information about the actual annual salary. On the salaried route, the trainee is not liable for any fees and will not be eligible for a training bursary. Places on the salaried route are highly competitive and are offered to attract high calibre applicants.


Qualifications Earned

Both routes carry the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) if successful in passing the school-based part of the programme. The award of a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) and credits towards a Master’s Degree is dependent on the standard of the 4 assignments over the year set and assessed by the University of Winchester.


Because the financial support arrangements change each year, click on the link to see if you are eligible for a training bursary or scholarship

Information on student loans on finance can by clicking on the link:


Please follow the link on our home page to find out more about the Aspire Teaching Alliance