Would you like to train to teach while based in school, gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 credits towards an MA all in one year? Then School Direct is ideal for you.
Why study School Direct at Middlesex?
School Direct is an exciting new programme offering you a way to qualify as a teacher (QTS) while based mainly in a school. As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.
The School Direct Training programme is available to high-quality graduates and our partnership schools offer places on both the tuition fee route and the salaried route. The salaried route means you will be able to earn a salary while you train, and aims to attract high quality candidates in hard to fill subjects.
At Middlesex the school direct programme is closely aligned to the PGCE route, meaning you will benefit from the provision of a range of high-quality central training, delivered by research-leaders and academics, who are widely published across disciplines such as multilingualism, diversity and childhood development.
On this programme you will also have the opportunity to gain a Postgraduate Certificate, which can be used as 60 credits towards a Masters award in the future. This will enable you to develop your skills for teaching and understanding of the interrelationship between learning and teaching, as you develop into a critically reflective practitioner.
Teacher training at Middlesex University has been rated 'good with outstanding features' by Ofsted. Our extensive history of delivering leading education courses ensures that you will benefit from the guidance of expert tutors who bring a wealth of professional experience to their teaching.
As a school led route the great majority of your time will be spent in your training school, and the content and focus of many aspects of the training programme will be targeted to meet your individual needs, by utilising the resources of the school and their alliance partners. In addition, at Middlesex you will also benefit from access to the University's extensive resources, including those provided by the library and student support services.
The Middlesex School Direct programme provides you with a series of subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies which will be run at the University. These may include sessions which:
Allow you to visit a variety of partnership schools to enhance learning in specialist areas.
Provide you with opportunities to enhance your knowledge and pedagogy of your subject, or specialist areas of the curriculum.
Develop your understanding of key contemporary issues within education, such as those around inclusion or EAL and SEND provision in schools.
For 2015-16 Middlesex University is the linked provider for training places for school alliances led by the following partner schools:
We are proud to have strong and committed partnerships with hundreds of schools located in London and the surrounding area. After graduation, School Direct students are expected to be employed within the School where they are pursuing their School Direct programme, although this cannot be guaranteed.
Recent research into teachers' daily experiences by the Department for Education has found that teaching is better at giving you a 'natural high' than many other professions. The starting salary of a newly qualified teacher is at least £21,804 a year (£27,270 if working in inner London) and, on average, teachers' salaries increase by 30% after the first four years of their career.
Teachers can find career progression in both the classroom and the school's management structure. You might aspire to become the head of a department, age group or curriculum. And through developing your leadership skills and experience, you could progress to a senior management position, such as deputy head or head teacher (earning a salary of between £42,803 and £113,303).
What are the entry requirements for School Direct (QTS)?
A bachelor degree, usually 2.1 or 1st, relevant to the subject or phase (primary, secondary etc.) you want to teach
GCSE grade C, or equivalent, in mathematics and English. All primary applicants must also hold grade C, or equivalent in a science subject.
For salaried posts, applicants must have a minimum of three years work experience, although schools may accept less in shortage subject areas. This experience will normally have been gained since leaving university and does not have to be from an educational setting. Indeed there is a recognition that career changers can bring valuable skills and experience to the profession, which they have developed since leaving university. Schools will decide which skills and experience are important to them.
UK/EU students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
For both routes you will need to attend an interview, which should take place within the school you will be training to teach, and you will also need to pass Professional Skills Tests prior to commencing the courses.
How to apply
To apply for either salaried or tuition fees School Direct training places you will need to apply via UCAS Initial Teacher Training. This will provide you with specific entry requirements for each available position.
For both School Direct routes, prior to commencing the course, you must pass Department for Education professional skills tests in numeracy and literacy. You are advised to pass them wherever possible before your interview in order to give yourself the best possible chance of success. However if you haven't passed at the time of the interview and you receive an offer it will be conditional on passing the tests by a nominated date. Please visit our dedicated webpage for further information about how to prepare and book for the professional skills tests.