School Direct

School Direct programmes

There are two different School Direct programmes which lead to recommendation to Department for Education for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) that we offer:

School Direct Tuition (PGCE) route

The School Direct Tuition (PGCE) route is for graduates who are looking to secure training at a specific partnership school whilst following a PGCE programme. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools who will organise your placements and provides University and school-based training. Successful completion of this route will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), along with 60 credits at Master’s level. that can be used towards our Masters degree in education. Trainees are responsible for tuition fees and are entitled to bursaries and student loans.

School Direct Salaried route

The School Direct Salaried route is for graduates and ideally suited to career changers. This route allows you to apply to one of our partnership schools for your training year, where you will be employed as a full-time member of staff, subject to employment regulations and attend training sessions with theoretical underpinning. Whilst training you will usually receive, from your emplying school an unqualified teacher's salary. Successful completion of this route will lead to recommendation for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), along with 40 credits at Master’s level that can be used towards our Masters degree in education.

Entry Criteria

School Direct applicants must meet the Department for Education and University of Wolverhampton etnry crtieria outlined here.

The University and its Partnerships

“The quality of training reflects the strengths of the partnership and how the relevant expertise of mentors and tutors is deployed skilfully”. (Ofsted, 2013)

Centre-based teacher training takes place at the Institute of Education, Walsall campus, with some specialist sessions taking place at partner schools. 

School-based teacher training takes place at one of our partnership schools. This includes schools located in the following areas:

Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Staffordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Wolverhampton and Walsall.

General Teacher Training Information:

Preparing for teacher training

View our Preparing for ITT Application & Interviews vJuly 2019 advice document.

There are many ways that you can prepare for teacher training. We have put together a list of things that you can do and courses that you can take to support your application.

Professional Skills Tests

Applicants for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the professional skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy before the start of the course. If you are offered a place following an interview, you will have to pass both skills tests as one of your conditions of acceptance before the course starts.

We also offer support with the taking and passing of the professional skills tests. To find out more about the kind of support we offer, please follow this link to our webpage.

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'Choose to Teach' offers a brilliant opportunity for you to meet university staff and schools and get one-to-one advice about your journey to becoming a teacher!

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For any enquiries about School Direct please e-mail education-enquiries@wlv.ac.uk