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School direct information

How do I apply?

Applications are made via the UCAS website.

All applicants must complete the pre-application task that will be sent to them when they are invited to an interview, this must be presented on the day.

What happens to my application?

All applications are processed by The Wroxham 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.

We are currently looking for students to fill PGCE training spaces in our own school for the academic year 2019/20 and also have lots of other schools interested in hosting a trainee.

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). The more experience you can get, before you start the course, the better prepared you are and the more likely you are to be selected. We do recommend candidates for the salaried route to have significant primary classroom experience prior to application.

How do I get into school to gain primary experience?

Please contact Jenny at to talk about what ways you will be able to gain experience before potentially starting your course.

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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