School Direct Salaried 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, with the expectation that successful trainees are employed within the alliance of schools on completion of the programme.
Whilst this is a fast-paced training pathway, you don’t need to worry about being thrown in at the deep-end on our programme. Within your placement schools, 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 our University partner, the University of Greenwich. 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.
You can choose the 3-7 or 5-11 training pathways.
During the Primary School Direct Salaried programme you will be employed by your main school for the duration of the year. You will also undertake a contrasting school placement in on of our partnership schools for 6 weeks.
Our alliance of 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 with our partners, most of whom 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 the REAch2 Academy Trust, 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 an alliance of schools which is right for them. Our motto is train with us, stay with us!
All candidates must hold a UK degree (or equivalent) with at least a 2:2 in a relevant subject.
Those currently studying towards an undergraduate degree must have completed the course prior to commencing the programme.
You must have achieved a minimum grade C or level 4 in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science or equivalent.
All 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!
It is recommended that candidates gain some experience in a school prior to commencing the training programme.
If you are made an offer you will be required to successfully complete Occupational Health and Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Disclosure checks. These checks are required to ensure you meet the Department for Education’s requirements for physical and mental health to teach, as well as assessing your suitability for access to children and vulnerable adults.
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 £ 18,169
Min £ 21,582
Min £ 19,363
Once qualified, your starting salary will be between £25,714- £32,157 depending on the location of your school. This is based on 2020-21 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.
Fees and financial support
About the training provider
The Endeavour Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) is a national partnership of schools operating 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 35 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% have 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 support. This is complemented by the practical training you will receive from us, led by experts in their field. 100% of our trainees would recommend training with us.
After 8 years of operation, from the end of the 2020-21 academic year, Tidemill Academy will no longer be designated as a National Teaching School. This is due to the DfE’s closure of the Teaching School programme and introduction of Teaching School hubs in September 2021. Tidemill Academy will continue to operate as a Lead School, providing Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct route with our national and local partners in 2021-22 and beyond.
About the accredited body
The Primary Education Department at The University of greenwich is Ofsted Outstanding and is located at the Avery Hill Campus, which is set in pleasant parkland in south-east London.
The university has a long history of teacher training, going back over 100 years. Employment rates are consistently above national and London averages.
Interviews usually takes place at our lead school, Tidemill Academy, however currently, we are conducting interviews online. During the interview process we will conduct a thinking task for you to demonstrate your understanding of the primary curriculum, teaching and learning as well as conduct a formal interview where we would ask you to present to us about why you wish to be a teacher. You will also take numeracy and literacy tasks. We aim for our interview process to be as relaxing as possible so that you can feel comfortable and show us your true potential.
Training with disabilities and other needs
We have a strong commitment to equality and inclusion and we seek to offer a first class education to all students, including students with disabilities. All of our sites are wheelchair accessible and we undertake all reasonable adjustments necessary to ensure inclusion of all disabilities.
We are committed to our Equality Policy in respect of serving students and employing staff. Within this policy we will endeavour to ensure that disabled students and staff receive the same standards of service as others. We will not tolerate discrimination on the grounds of disability.
Tidemill Academy 11 Giffin Street Deptford London SE8 4RJ
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