School Direct (salaried) is an employment-based route for high quality graduates, typically with at least three years’ experience of transferable work history. You’ll earn a salary while you train towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and won’t need to pay any tuition fees. We work closely with the University of Reading as our accredited provider.
Students who opt for a School Direct (salaried) training programme are employed as an unqualified teacher while they learn on the job. If you decide to apply for a School Direct (salaried) training programme, one of your references must be from an employer. If you’re self-employed and unable to provide a reference from a former employer, your referee should be someone who knows you from work, who can comment on your work and suitability for teaching.
All School Direct trainee teachers will spend the majority of their training in one school with regular sessions, either at the Lead School, Uplands Primary, one of the partnership schools or at the University of Reading. The individual placement schools have taken responsibility for deciding individual trainees teaching commitment but the partnership agreement in place ensures that all trainee teachers gain the same range of experience, whatever the school.
In addition to their main placement school all trainee teachers will undertake a second placement in the spring term for five weeks.
All trainee teachers will gain experience across a range of key stages and contexts and this experience will be tailored to meet the needs of individual trainee teachers to ensure that all gain the range of expertise needed to become an effective professional.
You’ll need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.
You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C/4, or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.
If you intend to train to teach pupils aged three to 11 (early years and primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C/4, or above, in a GCSE science subject examination.
-demonstrate and promote positive values, attitudes and behaviour
are aware of their professional responsibilities
can work with others to promote the learning and welfare of young people
can adopt a reflective and critical stance towards their own practice, policy initiatives and listen to and act upon advice
take responsibility for their own professional development
You’ll be paid and taxed as an unqualified teacher. The salary awarded will differ between schools; you should check the salary with the school before you apply for the salaried route.
You are responsible for full payment of your tuition fees.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
Uplands Primary School and Nursery is the lead school for Forest Learning Alliance, working with primary schools to provide School Direct fee funded and salaried placements across Bracknell Forest. We work in partnership with the globally renowned University of Reading who have an exceptional reputation in teacher training. As an Alliance of a number of schools, we deliver a high-quality training programme with a clear emphasis on mentoring throughout. We will provide you with ongoing support and guidance throughout the training year and beyond as an Early Career Teacher (ECT). We will provide you with a training platform to excel and ultimately become part of an amazing profession.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking to offer places to inspirational people who have a proven track record of good communication skills and the ability to use their initiative and work under pressure in a demanding environment.
PLACES NOW FULL - School Direct (salaried) is aimed at graduate career changers who have three or more years’ work experience. This year, successful applicants have proven at the point of application and also at interview, that they have the necessary skills and understanding of the role of the teacher to be able to train as teachers whilst working in a school environment.
School Direct (fee paying) route is also a school-based route into initial teacher training for applicants who are often undergraduates or who have limited experience of working in schools, leading classes and taking responsibility for teaching on a regular basis.
Successful applicants will be offered an interview at one of our schools where they will:
be interviewed by a Headteacher and a school representative
be observed working with a group of children
complete an oral presentation on a topic of their choice
Following success at interview, a School Direct placement will be offered within one of our partner schools.
Covid restrictions may have an impact on this process and you will be advised of any changes prior to interview.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We aim to make any reasonable adjustment for any applicant with a disability or any other specific need.
Uplands Primary School and Nursery Albion Road Sandhurst Berkshire GU47 9BP
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