School-led training

If you want your training to be based in a school where you will be part of school life and work with experienced teachers from day one, a school-led course is for you.

You can earn while you learn on some courses and be a qualified teacher after 1 year’s training.

If you have not completed a degree you will need to do university-led training.

Your options

There are different options within School-led training.

School Direct

  • The salaried option is an employment-based route for high quality, experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience in any field. You’ll earn a salary while you train and won’t need to pay any fees – you should check with the provider if this also includes a PGCE.
  • The non-salaried or tuition fee option is unpaid. It is run by a school or group of schools who work closely with a university or School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) consortium who certify successful trainees. You’ll pay fees but you might be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries, or scholarships.

School-centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

  • Training programmes are similar to a School Direct (non-salaried) programme and are run by schools or groups of schools. Students spend a minimum of 120 days in school as they work towards their Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Teach First

  • Supports high quality graduates to become leaders in low income communities. Following six weeks of intensive training, you’ll teach in a school for two years while working towards a PGCE.
I went on to train to become a teacher while I was working in a school.

Local training providers

Check our local providers for more information.

For more training providers please see the Department for Education website.

Karen’s story

Karen trained while working as a teaching assistant at a school in Bexhill. Read more about Karen’s story.

“I feel that I have achieved what I have always wanted to do.”
Teacher circles Karen