School Direct is an innovative route into teaching which enables schools to take a leading role in Initial Teacher Training through working in partnership with accredited ITT providers, such as Birmingham City University.
The School Direct route into teaching is led by a lead School, working individually, or as part of a network of schools in partnership with an accredited teacher training institution. Through Birmingham City University the School Direct route is a one year full time course leading to a PGCE and Qualified Teacher Status for primary and secondary trainees.
School Direct partnerships and school networks select and recruit trainees that they want to employ as teachers once they qualify.
Applications are made through the DfE.
Each Birmingham City University School Direct partnership offers trainees a unique training package carefully tailored to suit the needs of the schools, their pupils and their future teachers. Trainees will study and work in schools within the network and the university, and their learning will be supported by teachers, mentors and university tutors from across the partnership.
School Direct is a way of schools growing their own teachers and future leaders, so from the beginning of the programme trainees become part of a network of schools.