The Salaried School Direct programme is an employment based route which leads to Qualified Teacher Status. The English Departments at our trust schools are outstanding and an excellent base to begin your training and teaching career.
School Direct is a route into teaching featuring a school-centred approach. As a School Direct (salaried) trainee, you will be employed in a school, working alongside highly professional and well-qualified colleagues while you train. You will receive a salary from your school (the amount paid is linked to the unqualified teacher pay scale. The school will also cover the cost of your training to become a qualified teacher. Specific subject knowledge training will enable you to build up a strong knowledge of the English curriculum for Key stage 3 and 4.
Trainee timetables are progressive in design, however, trainees are supported at all times to ensure a balance between challenge and support. All trainees gain experience of both key stage 2 (upper primary) and Key stage 5 (post 16).
Progress is monitored with your planning, teaching and assessment being observed by your school-based mentor. During each placement you will also have at least one joint observation with the Head of Initial Teacher Training. Trainees reflect on progress on a weekly basis, culminating in termly written reports produced jointly with mentors. Trainees are supported on this journey through a series of school based tasks to enable a thorough understanding of the Core Content Framework and Teachers’ Standards.
Throughout the course, trainees engage with professional development training. This training takes an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning and is delivered by lead practitioners and specialist leaders of education.
Can I refresh my subject knowledge?
Not everyone feels confident in teaching every subject from the outset, for example, your degree might not be in your chosen subject but is closely related. As a Trainee Teacher, you should identify parts of your subject knowledge you need to refresh or deepen.
- A Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course is available, with a bursary, for English.
How do I become a qualified teacher?
The award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is given based on how well you have met each of the Teacher Standards. Evidence gathered to substantiate each of the standards comes from teaching files, reflections and observations completed during your training.