School Direct is a school-led route offering you a way to qualify as a teacher (QTS) while based mainly in a school.
The School Direct Training programme is available to high-quality graduates and our partner 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 career changers and high quality candidates in hard to fill subjects.
At Middlesex, the School Direct programmes are closely aligned to the PGCE routes, meaning you will benefit from the provision of a range of high-quality training delivered by phase and subject education specialists who have considerable experience of school and university teaching.
All of our School Direct programmes provide the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification, which can be used towards a master's degree in the future. This will enable you to develop your skills for teaching and for understanding the interrelationship betweentheory and practice, as you develop in to a critically reflective practitioner. Our School Direct programmes are aligned with the PGCert Teaching qualification. School Direct Tuition Fee programmes are aligned with the respective PGCE Secondary programmes or primary PGCE programme.
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.
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As a school-led route the great majority of your time will be spent in your training school. Your training programme has fully embedded the Core Content Framework for Initial Teacher Training. You will have the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to fully meet the Teacher Standards by the end of your training. 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 will be provided through an integrated programme of school-based and centre-based training. The centre-based training is a blended programme of online and campus teaching. It includes subject enhancement sessions, and a programme of professional studies.
There are opportunities for you to:
Middlesex University is the linked provider for training places for school alliances led by the following partner schools:
As a student on this programme you'll receive a free electronic textbook for each of the modules you study.
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Your university training (centre-based) timetable will be built around on campus sessions using our professional facilities, with online sessions for some activities where we know being virtual will add value. We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.
You’ll receive final arrangements for your teaching and a full course timetable before you start.
Outside of taught sessions, you will be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes.
You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.
Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.
You have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.
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.
Our employment rates are extremely high. Typically over 95% of our PGCE graduates in employment or further study six months after graduation. As a newly qualified teacher, your salary will be between £25,714 and £32,157, depending on where you teach.
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.
For more information on salary and career progression, visit the Department for Education's website.
We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.
Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.
Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.