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School Direct courses are a great
choice if you hope to teach at one
of the schools after qualifying
This training option is for those university
graduates who would like the bulk of
their training to take place in a school,
enabling them to immerse themselves
in a teaching culture from day one.
You'll usually work four days a week at
the school, where you'll be able to learn
from more experienced colleagues, and
one day a week at a university or college.
You will also experience at least two
contrasting schools during your training.
To apply, look on the UCAS website
(see box, right)) and search for "schoolcentred initial teacher training" or
SCITT, which is the course provided by
government-backed schools. Most courses
last a year, after which you will gain QTS;
most courses also award a postgraduate
certificate in education (PGCE).
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School Direct courses offers schoolbased teacher training via a network of
schools signed up to the initiative, and
are a great choice if you hope to teach
at one of the schools after qualifying.
Courses last a year and result in QTS
- again, many, but not all, also award
a PGCE. School Direct (salaried) is a
route that makes teacher training more
doable for those considering a change
of career. If you're a graduate with at
least three years' work experience, you'll
earn a salary while you train and can
expect a job offer when you qualify.
University-led or further education training
is for those who'd prefer to complete
their teacher training at a university or
college. You'll still spend at least 24 weeks
on placements to develop your practical
skills, and can train full-time for a year
or part-time for two. All courses lead to
qualified teacher status (QTS) and a PGCE.
Teach First is a charity that offers twoyear training programmes to graduates
with a degree of 2:1 or above. The aim of
Teach First is to end educational inequality
by putting exceptional teachers into
challenging schools in low-income areas.
Trainees receive a salary during training.
During the first year, you'll receive the
basic salary for an unqualified teacher
(minimum £16,626), which goes up to that
of a newly qualified teacher in the second
year (minimum £22,917). For more details,
contact Teach First (see box, right).
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To teach in an English state school,
whether at primary or secondary
level, you need to be educated to
degree level and have qualified
teacher status (QTS) by following
a programme of initial teacher
education or training (ITET). This can
be attained in the following ways: