School Direct is a new route into teaching. It is available within the School of Education, University of Birmingham through partnerships with both primary and secondary schools.
There are two routes currently being offered:
School Direct Training programme
Graduates pay a tuition fee to the University of Birmingham but may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000, subject to criteria such as degree classification and subject.
School Direct Training Programme (salaried)
This is an employment-based route available to graduates with at least three years' work experience. It is financed at least partly by a training salary.
The university’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDipEd) is available alongside Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) for those who train to be a teacher via this route. The PGDipEd offers 120 credits at Masters level (two thirds of a Masters) which makes it a highly rewarding and well regarded course by combining both theory and practice.
Just like the university’s full-time Primary and Secondary PGDipEd programmes, the School Direct routes are intensive one-year programmes designed to maximise the expertise and experience available in schools and the opportunities made available by training with an internationally recognised School of Education.
Find out more about the subjects, fees, and how to apply on the School Direct course page. (www.birmingham.ac.uk/school-direct)
Information for Schools
If you are interested in partnering with the University of Birmingham in the provision of either School Direct or School Direct (Salaried) then we would be pleased to discuss working together. Please contact:
Head of Department, Department of Professional Education
Tel: 0121 4147607
Two principle models of partnership are available, each with a different level of responsibility assumed by the school and each with a different funding formula. In addition the university is always keen to discuss broader partnership objectives and strategy with schools and how School Direct can fit into such negotiated partnerships.