School Direct

Thinking about training to teach?

Teaching is a rewarding and challenging profession and there are more routes into teaching than ever before. We are committed to training the next generation of outstanding teachers within our alliance schools, through the School Direct programme.

School Direct with the Griffin Teaching School Alliance

School Direct is run as a partnership between a lead school (in this case Lawrence Sheriff School), other schools and a university, where the school you are based in has a significant role to play in the selection process. You spend most of your time in your base school, but would also spend time in a second contrasting school, in addition to time spent at university.

Our main partner is Warwick University, but for some subjects we partner other institutions.

2018-19 School Direct places

Places for a September 2018 start will be shown here as soon as they are available.

Primary and Secondary Subjects

We offer a broad range of secondary school subjects and when you apply for Secondary you generally are able to choose the school you wish to train in. The subjects on offer will vary year on year.

At primary level we offer Primary General (Key Stage 1 and 2) which trains you to be a primary school teacher. You will be based in one of our partner Primary schools. After you have applied we will contact you to ask you to rank the schools in order of preference and we will send your application first to your top choice school(s).

Types of training places

There are two types of school direct training places available. For both routes with Warwick University there is an expectation that you will attend training at the university for one week prior to the commencement of the academic year.

School Direct (tuition fee)

These places are open to graduates and the trainee pays the university tuition fees (but many trainees qualify for bursaries or scholarships).  Warwick University’s PGCE tuition fees for the academic year 2017-18 were £9,250 (fee for 2018-19 has not yet been confirmed).  The amount of bursary or scholarship typically depends on the subject that you wish to teach and degree class held, but for example in 2017-18:

  • A trainee on a Primary General course would receive £3,000 if they have a 1st
  • A trainee on a secondary school Maths, Physics, Chemistry or Computing programme could receive up to £30,000
To check how much you might be eligible for follow this link – Funding Options for Trainee Teachers
Bursary and scholarships for 2018-19 are yet to be announced.
The fee will be charged at the start of the academic year.

School Direct (Salaried)

These places are aimed mainly at graduates with three or more years’ work experience and career changers.

Trainees are employed by the school for the duration of the course. The school pays the university tuition fees and the school employs the trainee throughout the training programme, paying them a salary.   Your salary would be just over £16,000. Some schools may pay more for shortage subjects and salaries for Maths, Physics or Computing trainees can be up to £21,000.

There are tuition fees towards the PGCE element of the qualification. For 2017-18 these were £2,000 (2018-19 tbc). School Direct trainees on the salaried route are not eligible for bursaries or scholarships.

Qualification outcome

You need Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to be able to teach in a school in England as a qualified teacher.

All our Warwick and Worcester University programmes lead to the award of QTS and an additional academic (Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE) qualification with masters credits.
Programmes with the Cambridge Partnership lead to QTS and possibly PGCE. This will be discussed on an individual basis.

Entry Requirements

Before you apply, please check you have the following:

  • Minimum of a second class (2:2) honours degree.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent).
  • Some experience in mainstream schools at Key Stage 1 and 2, preferably 10 days or more, but ideally try to gain as much experience in school as possible.

  • Minimum of a second class (2:2) honours degree in the subject you wish to teach or that is relevant to your chosen subject.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent).
  • Some experience in mainstream schools at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5, preferably 10 days or more, but ideally try to gain as much experience in school as possible.
  • Before starting your course you must also:
  • Pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. You will need to book a place at a test centre and take these as soon as you can after applying. These are required in addition to any tests carried out at interview.  See more information about the Professional Skills Tests here.
  • Pass an occupational health check and a criminal record (DBS) check.
How do I apply?

All applications must be made online through UCAS.   UCAS will open for applications for 2018-19 programmes on 26th October 2017.

The UCAS website has lots of useful information to help you with your application.

Your application

We recommend including the following in your application:

  • Any teaching experience or general experience in schools
  • Other work with young people
  • The skills and abilities you can bring to teaching
  • Why you want to become a teacher
  • Details about your subject knowledge
What happens once I have applied?

Applications are processed initially by Lawrence Sheriff School and the appropriate university.
You are notified of decisions via UCAS, so please check this regularly. Emails will also be sent to those invited to interview.

  • Interviews are held at either Lawrence Sheriff School or the school you have applied to.
  • Typically the selection process will last approximately half a day, during which you will attend an interview, conduct a short teaching task, meet members of the department or school team you will be working with and tour the school. For Secondary applicants there may also be a discussion or task relating to your chosen subject.
  • If you are successful at interview, you will be informed by UCAS and the lead school.
Further information

If you would like to contact us about our School Direct programme please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information on our School Direct courses with specific partners:

The University of Warwick

The University of Worcester

The Cambridge Partnership


For more general information on School Direct, please visit the
Department for Education website.


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