School Direct

School Direct is an initiative by the Government which enables you to do the majority of your teacher training based in a school. Schools work in close partnership with universities to provide postgraduate initial teacher training courses which lead to qualified teacher status.

About School Direct

All schools working with the University of Cumbria offer a PGCE qualification. There's also an expectation that School Direct places are offered based on the school's assessment of future employment needs.

As a School Direct trainee, you will be at the school from the first INSET day at the beginning of the year through to the last day of the school year.

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Routes to Learning

There are two School Direct routes available:

Salaried - the school covers the tuition fees and pays you a salary based on the unqualified teacher salary scale. If you get a salaried place, you will not be entitled to a student loan or bursary.

Non-salaried - you will not be paid a salary, however, you will still be eligible for a student loan and a teacher training bursary.

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School Direct or Traditional Route to PGCE?

Our School Direct programme follows the same structure as our PGCE courses. Both require 60 days of training and 120 days of teaching in the classroom, and both cover the same subject and professional development modules. Both result in a universally recognised PGCE qualification at the end.

The decision about which route to take boils down to personal preference. Would you prefer to study at the university, with time away from the school environment to reflect on your training; or would you prefer to do all of your training and practice at school as an associate member of staff?

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Why Study with Us?

The University of Cumbria is one of the country’s leading providers of teacher education and School Direct partnerships. We're working with almost 30 school partnerships nationwide, providing hundreds of teacher training places in primary and secondary schools.

The success of our PGCE course is underpinned by both an academic teaching philosophy and the practical skills of real school based learning. This learning process allows you to develop your teaching skills and reflect on the impact you make on pupils, the school and the community.

With the practitioner and academic expertise of the university and school staff at your disposal, you can become an outstanding, critically reflective teacher. 

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How to Apply

You can apply for School Direct on the UCAS Teacher Training website.

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School Direct Partnership Map


  1. Bishop Rawstorne School Direct, PR26 9HH
  2. Blackburn TEAM Alliance, Blackburn, BB2 6LX
  3. Blackburn with Darwen Education Alliance, Darwen, BB3 3HD
  4. Blackpool Sea View Trust School Direct, Blackpool, FY3 9HF
  5. Carlisle School Direct, Carlisle, CA1 1JB
  6. Catholic Teaching Alliance, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 3SQ
  7. Dallam Teaching Alliance, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7DD
  8. Everyone Learning @ Lime Tree/Mossley Hollins/Hawthorns Teaching Partnership, Sale, M33 2RP
  9. Omega Teaching Partnership, Great Sankey, Warrington, WA5 3AA
  10. Kendal Primary Partnership, Natland, LA9 7QH
  11. Kirkbie Kendal School Alliance, Kendal, LA9 7EQ
  12. Learning Futures Partnership, Tyldesley, M29 7PY
  13. Castle Hill School, Hudderfield HD4 6JL
  14. Preston Primary and Secondary Alliance , Broughton, Preston PR3 5JJ
  15. Teach Heart Alliance, Westhoughton, Bolton BL5 3DU
  16. St Ninians Catholic Federation, Cummersdale, Carlisle, CA2 4JD
  17. Teach North West, Bolton, BL3 2DT
  18. Teach Manchester, Wythenshawe, M23 2YS
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