About the course
School Direct is a school-led initial teacher training pathway that offers practical, ‘on-the-job’ training and teacher education. The programme aims to create highly qualified, highly skilled teachers, who are an integral part of a school community.
You will be placed in a school from the start of your training but you don’t need to worry about being thrown in at the deep-end – you won’t be teaching classes until you are ready! You will be supported by an outstanding and well-trained classroom mentor and a member of the school’s Senior Leadership Team, in partnership with an experienced professional tutor from UCL Institute of Education (UCL IoE). Alongside our committed ETSA training team, you will be supported every step of your journey to reach the professional standards of teaching and gain Qualified Teacher Status. Your timetable and teaching responsibility will increase as you gain in confidence and skill.
Your training will be delivered by expert teachers within the school and complemented by attendance at UCL IoE . You will develop your understanding of pedagogy, teaching practice and curriculum knowledge. By being part of our cohort of ETSA trainees, you will also develop a strong professional support network who understand and share the teacher training experience alongside you.
As well as your main training placement, you will complete a contrasting placement in different key stage which will allow you to fill gaps in your experience; this will afford you the opportunity to work with different students, within different structures and with a wider range of colleagues. Please note this programme covers the 5-11 age phase.
Successful completion of the School Direct Salaried programme results in gaining QTS. There is also the option of joining the PGCE pathway, should you wish to pay top-up fees, which are currently around £2800.
ETSA School Direct Salaried trainees will be paid on the Unqualified Teacher pay scale. Pay varies depending on your placement school’s location.
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How school placements work
This route is aimed at high calibre career changers. You will be employed by your main placement school, start on the first day of the autumn term and be paid a salary while you train. In your main placement school, you will be placed in a specific class, working whit an experienced teacher, who will act as your mentor. You will complete a 6 week placement within a different Key Stage in a contrasting school. This is usually within our alliance. This programme covers the 5-11 age phase. Placements normally take place in KS1 and KS2.
There are 8 schools in our London partnership recruiting for School Direct Salaried across South-East, South and East London. Our partner schools are each unique yet share our values of integrity, inclusion and success for all children, regardless of their background. We are proud of our excellent relationships and most of our partners have been successfully supporting School Direct trainees with us for the last 6 years. We work with schools across several London boroughs and the majority of our schools are part of REAch2 Academy Trust. REAch2 is the largest primary only academy trust in the country, offering unrivalled training and development and excellent career progression. To find out more visit www.reach2.org
The majority of candidates apply to us with a partner school in mind, and name this school on their application. Where an applicant has not named a partner school, we take into account the distance a candidate will have to travel from home to school when placing candidates, as well as any preferences discussed during the interview process. Because we see School Direct training as a long-term investment in teachers, we feel it is important that candidates are training in a school which is right for them. Our motto is train with us, stay with us!
ETSA School Direct Salaried trainees will be paid on the Unqualified Teacher pay scale. Pay varies depending on your placement school’s location but the following can be used as a guide to the starting salary you could earn whilst you train:
England and Wales (excluding London and fringe)
Min £ 17,208
Min £ 21,004
Min £ 18,844
Once qualified, your starting salary will be between £24,373 - £30,480 depending on the location of your school. This is based on 2019-20 pay scales. Please note that pay scales are revised annually.
In addition to the basic salary you’ll earn, there are other great benefits available including:
• holidays – you’ll get more days than many people in other professions, though teachers work for 195 days per year in school, and tend to do some work during their holidays
• a generous pension – when you’re employed as a teacher you’ll automatically be a member of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme
• special educational needs (SEN) allowance – if you work as a qualified teacher with pupils with SEN, you could be eligible for an SEN allowance of no less than £2,106 and no more than £4,158 per annum
• teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments – additional money if you take on more responsibilities ranging from £2,667 to £13,027 depending on the type of duties.
All candidates must hold a UK degree (or equivalent) with at least a 2:2 in a relevant subject.
If you are currently studying towards an undergraduate degree, you must have completed the course prior to commencing the programme.
UCL will only accept GCSE or iGCSE English Language, Maths or Science at grade C/5 or above. They will not accept English as a second language, “applied” or “additional” GCSE subjects, BTEC, City and Guilds, Functional skills or Access course modules in place of GCSEs
Qualifications gained outside of the UK will be checked to ensure they meet the relevant equivalency standards.
We are looking for applicants who understand the difference high quality education makes to children. We want to see passion and creativity, reflection and emotional intelligence, resilience and integrity. Candidates need to have an appreciation of how children learn and an awareness of how to engage them in the learning process. You should be confident, articulate and have a strong work ethic and sense of humour!
This programme is aimed at career changers and work experience is desirable. Please note that this does not have to be from a school however although it is recommended that you acquire a minimum of two weeks school experience prior to the programme commencing.
If you are made an offer you will be required to pass Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks.
All applicants must have the right to work in the UK to be eligible for School Direct training with the Endeavour Teaching School Alliance.
About the training provider
The Endeavour Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) is a national partnership which works on a local scale. We are passionate about nurturing talented individuals to become the primary school teachers our children need. Our 'Lead School' is Tidemill Academy, an Outstanding Primary school in the heart of London.
Our alliance has 34 schools working in local partnerships. These are led by an Ofsted Good or Outstanding 'hub' school and are currently located in the East and West Midlands, London, Harlow and Lowestoft. Our teacher training is delivered through the local hub school partnership and with a local University or SCITT provider.
Our School Direct trainees are successful; since 2013, 100% received a good or outstanding grading at the end of the course, with 75% securing an outstanding grade in 2019. We provide comprehensive training to our School Direct mentors to enable you to get the best possible support. This is complemented by the practical training you will receive from us, led by current classroom practitioners and experts in their field. Previous trainees have 'loved our on the job training' and the 'strong relationships' they built with our team. 100% of our trainees would recommend training with us.
No matter which partner school you apply to, you will be a valued member of staff and part of our school community. You will have personalised support from an experienced class mentor, a senior leader and our Teaching School hub lead as well as benefit from a comprehensive training programme led by expert practitioners.
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