School Direct - The new way into teaching

‘Always, always, always, always, always do what you are afraid to do.’

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is School Direct?

Derby Teaching School Alliance is offering School Direct places from September 2018 in both primary and secondary schools on programmes that generally last for one year and lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE). School Direct is a new route into Initial Teacher Training that places the school based programme at the heart of the experience. The main aim of School Direct is to allow schools to recruit and select the trainees they want with the expectation that they will then go on to gain although there is no guarantee of employment.

DTSA is working in partnership with The University of Derby for primary placements and a number of other universities for secondary placements to deliver high quality training for all students. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS) and our programme also includes a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) awarded from one of our partner universities.

There are two separate School Direct training options:

  • School Direct Training Programme is for high-quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one.
  • School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience. You will earn a salary while you train.

You can also register online and obtain a straightforward guide to teaching and teacher training, plus regular updates by going to:

If you would like to discuss the DTSA Schools Direct programme please contact

If you would like to speak to someone about teaching or teacher training, please contact the DfE Teaching Line on freephone 0800 389 2500.

For information about all the routes into teaching and information about bursaries and funding go to:



‘Always, always, always, always, always do what you are afraid to do.’

— Ralph Waldo Emerson