Institute of Education


School Direct Salaried (Primary only)

The School Direct (Salaried) programme is an employment-based route into teaching, enabling you to earn a salary while you study to become a teacher and awarding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

This programme aims to enable participants to meet the Department for Education Teachers’ Standards through effective professional practice, gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end of the training year.

We strongly recommend that you have previous work experience (not necessarily in education) if you choose to follow this route.


You will: 

  • work in a school from day one, spending the majority of your time in school supported by an experienced school-based mentor 
  • develop your practice by teaching and learning within the employing placement school and a shorter second placement (lasting approximately 6 weeks)
  • develop your knowledge, understanding and critical engagement by attending a series of day-long university-based professional practice and subject studies sessions.

Every student has a personal university tutor who will visit you in school, liaising with you and your school-based mentor to plan your next steps, identify support and develop your practice. 

Top-up for additional qualification

For students who want the additional formal qualification and professional development of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), the IOE offers students on the School Direct (Salaried) route the option to apply for a “top-up” programme, for a fee.

This is a part-time course which spans the training and newly qualified teacher years and is designed to fit into the demanding lives of early career teachers. It consists of two modules providing 30 Master’s-level credits each assessed by coursework and a portfolio. Beginner teachers decide during the training year if they wish to participate in the Top-Up. 


During the School Direct programme you will be employed as an unqualified teacher by a school, who will also pay the School Direct (salaried) programme course fees. Note that there is an additional fee for the optional “Top-up” PGCE, which may not be covered by your school.

How to apply

Applications are made through UCAS to your chosen partner alliance.

Partners offering the primary School Direct Salaried route 2019-20

Each partner alliance has a website with details of their participating schools and key contacts for further details: