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What is School Direct?

Training programmes for entry in September 2019 will be opening to applicants on October 16th 2018.

Do you want to make a real difference to the outcomes of children and young people living in the capital? Do you have the skills and abilities that would make you an outstanding teacher? Are you interested in finding out more about training ‘on the job’ in high performing schools?


We are looking for exceptional candidates to train with the Harrow Collegiate Teaching School Alliance as part of the School Direct Programme. To join us you will need to have a passion for your subject grounded in academic achievement as well as a deep commitment to working with young people to transform their lives through education.

School Direct is a national teacher training initiative, which offers an exciting opportunity to train alongside outstanding practitioners, gaining valuable knowledge, skills and professional attitudes that will enable you to start your personal journey towards becoming an excellent teacher.

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What are the training routes available to me?

School Direct (Tuition Fee)

School Direct (Tuition Fee) is a school-led, one-year initial teacher training programme that equips our trainees with 1) a wealth of classroom experience, 2) a full PGCE, and 3) QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). This route is also referred to as the Non-Salaried route. This programme is run by our experienced team of educators, whilst also benefiting from the academic rigour and expertise of the staff at our partner university.

You will work closely with an experienced mentor and will undertake school placements in contrasting settings. Whilst you are a part of the team from day one, you are not expected to teach classes independently until you and your school feel you are ready.

Places are self-funded; you may be eligible for a student loan and for a tax-free bursary of up to £30,000 as you have to pay tuition fees of £9,250 to Middlesex University, our training provider.

School Direct (Salaried)

The School Direct (Salaried) route means that you are employed for the maximum of a year by one of our partnership schools. You are paid at least point 1 of the unqualified teacher pay spine.You do not have to pay any fees for your training. You gain QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) status at the end of your training.

This route is designed for candidates who have had some experience in the workplace.

Although there is no guarantee of employment upon successful completion of the training year, we have an excellent record of trainees gaining employment at their host schools or at another local school within the collegiate.