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What do you need to know?

School Direct.


The Wroxham Teaching School works in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire.  We offer two courses School Direct (Salaried) and School Direct (PGCE) which is self funded.  Both courses last a year and result in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  The SD PGCE course will award you a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), which is internationally recognised.  You will train in two good schools, getting the chance to learn 'on the job' and spend one day a week training at the University of Hertfordshire.  You will get to know your class very well and your teaching workload will build up gradually, meaning you won't be teaching classes unsupported until your school thinks you're ready.  You will spend most of the year in your host school and have a contrasting experience in a second school for six weeks in the Spring term.

How do I apply?


​Applications are made via the UCAS website. Course code 2298 (Salaried course)  2NY8 (PGCE course)

What happens to my application?

All applications are processed by The Wroxham Teaching School, who will shortlist and invite candidates to interview if their application is successful and meets the university criteria. If the applicant is accepted, they will then be allocated to a school in our alliance that has requested a trainee, in line with their year group or key stage requirements. We are always willing to work with schools that are new to our alliance, especially if they are already keen to host a particular applicant.

School Direct Salaried or Unsalaried?

If you are on the School Direct Salaried Primary Training Programme you will be employed by and paid a salary by the school that you train in for that year. The salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay scale but you are not eligible to apply for a bursary.

The only applicants we will be able to shortlist for the salaried route, are those with schools already committed to hosting them for their training year, prior to application. Due to recent changes in funding, many schools are no longer in a position to take on a salaried trainee.  

On the unsalaried route, the School Direct Primary PGCE Training Programme, you are not paid a salary but you are eligible for a bursary, depending on your previous degree level status.  You may also be eligible for student finance.

Please see the School Direct website and the University of Hertfordshire for more details and the different course programmes.


What do I need to do before I am able to apply?

Applicants need to have Maths, English and Science at GCSE level before they start the course, as well as an undergraduate degree (2:2 or above). Experience is vital, obviously the more experience you can get, the better prepared you are and the more likely you are to be selected. We do ask candidates for the salaried route to have significant primary classroom experience prior to application.

How do I get into school to gain primary experience?

Try offering to volunteer in a local school. Unfortunately we are unable to take on any more volunteers at Wroxham due to a high number of trainees and volunteers already in our school but many other schools are able to accommodate. Alternatively, the School Experience Programme helps to provide placements in order to gain experience in schools.


What about my skills tests?

The skills tests need to be passed before you start the course.

All the ITT information provided on our website is subject to change. We will endeavour to keep you updated as government changes are announced and introduced.

For more information from the University of Hertfordshire about the School Direct routes into teaching, please click here


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