School Direct

School Direct – Excellence in Practice

School Direct fast becoming the most popular route into teaching. Whether you have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for a number of years School Direct offers a route way into the rewarding career of teaching. Successful completion of a School Direct course with the Central Learning Partnership Trust (CLPT) and its partners will lead to the award of qualified teacher status (QTS), within many cases, an academic qualification.

School Direct Routes

School Direct Salaried: This is an employment-based route for high-quality experienced graduates with at least three years’ work experience. Colleagues will earn a salary while they train.
School Direct non salaried: This is aimed at high-quality graduates who want to be part of a school team from day one. Applicants may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000 to support them while they train

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CLPT and School Direct

The Central Learning Partnership Trust (CLPT) is a School Direct provider committed to engage with accredited ITT providers to recruit high quality trainees and provide rich training programmes. We are dedicated to improving the lives of young people and we believe that the recruitment of trainee teachers is of paramount importance in achieving this goal. Our partnership allows trainees a breadth and depth of experience so that they begin their career seeing, experiencing and developing excellence in practice.

Subjects Offered

Primary – Salaried and non-salaried
Secondary – Non-salaried in the following subject areas:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Religious Education

The CLPT work in partnership with:

Secondary Schools:

  • Heath Park (Lead school), Wolverhampton
  • Aldersley High School, Wovlerhampton
  • Moseley Park, Bilston
  • Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Academy, Wolverhampton
  • The William Allitt School, Swadlincote

Primary Schools:

  • Chancel Primary School, Rugeley
  • Woden Primary School, Wolverhampton

Advantages of applying for School Direct with CLPT

  • Partnership schools have a strong tradition of highly successful ITT
  • Very experienced school based mentors
  • Strong relationship with training providers
  • Track record of talent management and succession planning for colleagues that have completed ITT
  • Collaborative working
  • Joint Professional Studies and forward thinking approaches to professional development
  • Range of placements
  • Inter school visits
  • Networks and support
  • Potential employment with a school in the Trust or at partner schools
  • Pre + post application workshops; personal statements, QTS tests, pre-course experience

The CLPT School Direct programme

We are currently working in partnership with both the University of Wolverhampton and Newman University to deliver a comprehensive training experience. We are constantly reviewing and developing our programme and next year we will be offering the following elements:

  • Professional studies based at the University and partnership schools
  • Subject studies with input from subject leaders & experts from across the Trust and partnership schools
  • School placements in differing contexts across the alliance
  • Networking opportunities with trainees at other teaching schools

Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses

The University of Wolverhampton is also offering fully funded pre-ITT Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses. SKE programmes are designed for candidates to gain the depth of knowledge needed to train to teach their chosen subject.

More information can be found here: Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses

UCAS Teacher Training 2018 cycle

The 2018 UCAS Teacher Training application cycle will open on Thursday 26 October. This is when applicants will be able to register for 2018 entry.

CLPT are looking for graduates with:

  • A commitment to working with young people
  • Good communication skills
  • A fascination with the learning process
  • A love of their subject
  • The ability to motivate and enthuse
  • A desire to make a difference

For more information, contact

What qualifications will you need?

  1. You must have a UK university degree or a recognised equivalent qualification. If your degree subject does not link closely to the subject you intend to teach, you may improve your ability to gain a place on an initial teacher training (ITT) programme by following a subject knowledge enhancement course.
  2. To train as a teacher on any programme you must achieve a standard equivalent to a grade C in GCSE English and mathematics. If you want to teach primary or key stage 2/3 (ages 7 to 14), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C in a science GCSE.
  3. To apply for the salaried route you must have at least 3 years work experience.
  4. Teaching is a challenging and demanding profession and training to teach is no exception to this. As a trainee you will find it essential to work outside of school hours, probably including weekends and during school holidays. We recommend that anybody interested in entering the profession gains significant school experience prior to application to ensure that they are aware of the reality of the demands of the profession.

QTS Skills tests

Applicants to all ITT courses will be required to pass QTS skills tests before starting their course. Applicants can register for the skills tests  once they have submitted their application. We strongly advise applicants to take the tests as soon as possible after submitting an application.

You will find information on:

Clearance from the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB)

We have a duty to protect children and vulnerable adults. If you are offered a place on the School Direct programme, you will be asked to apply for an Enhanced Disclosure certificate from the CRB as a requirement of entry to the course. This document will contain details of any cautions, convictions, reprimands, warnings or bindovers recorded against your name (even where they would ordinarily be considered spent) or confirm that you have none. It will allow us to make an assessment of your suitability for access to these vulnerable groups.


The funding available to you will depend upon which School Direct route and which subject you choose. It is also affected by what degree you hold.

Details below are based on 2013-2014.

School Direct Salaried:  You will be paid a salary by the school in which you train. This salary will be in line with the unqualified teacher pay ranges . You will not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your qualified teacher status (QTS) award. You will not be eligible for a training bursary.

School Direct Non Salaried:  You could be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £20,000, depending on the subject you want to teach and the degree class that you hold. You will need to pay tuition fees to cover the cost of your course.


Eligibility 2016/2017
Scholarships Bursaries
Trainee with 1st/PhD 2:1/Master’s 2:2 Other
Physics £30,000 £30,000 £25,000 £25,000 £9,000


Maths £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £25,000 £9,000


Languages £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £0
Chemistry, computing £25,000 £25,000 £20,000 £20,000 £0
Biology £20,000 £15,000 £15,000 £0
Geography £15,000 £15,000 £15,000 £0
D&T £12,000 £9,000 £0 £0
English, history, music, RE £9,000 £4,000 £0 £0
Primary maths £6,000 £6,000 £6,000 £3,000
Primary £3,000 £3,000 £0 £0


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ITT financial incentives for the academic year 2018 to 2019

The ITT bursaries, scholarships and School Direct (salaried) grants for the academic year 2018 to 2019 will be available shortly on GOV.UK and Get Into Teaching. All languages, biology, chemistry, physics and computer science teachers who start a teacher training course or are in years 1 to 5 of their careers from September 2018 will be eligible for the Teachers’ Student Loan Reimbursement scheme announced recently by the Secretary of State, provided they are teaching in a state-funded school in a designated local authority. The full list of participating local authorities will be available shortly on GOV.UK and Get Into Teaching.

Applying for School Direct QTS­

Applications for 2016-17 places will be managed by UCAS through a single admissions system. Applications window will open on 27 October 2015. Please follow this link for detailed information:

Subject Route Allocation Filled Remaining Provider
Art & Design Schools Direct Training 2 0 2 University  of Wolverhampton
Biology Schools Direct Training 4 0 4
Chemistry Schools Direct Training 6 0 6
Computing Schools Direct Training 2 0 2
Design Technology Schools Direct Training 2 0 2
English Schools Direct Salaried 6 0 6
Schools Direct Training 3 2 1
Geography Schools Direct Training 5 0 5
History Schools Direct Training 3 0 3
Schools Direct Salaried 3 1 2
Mathematics Schools Direct Training 8 0 8
Modern Languages Schools Direct Training 3 1 2
Physical Education Schools Direct Training 1 1 0
Physics Schools Direct Training 4 0 4
Social Sciences Schools Direct Training 3 0 3
Schools Direct Salaried 2 1 1