School Direct FAQs

School Direct FAQs

Learn more about our School Direct programme using the FAQs below.

If you still have a question, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

Is there a guarantee of employment?

The main aim of School Direct is to allow schools to recruit and select the trainees they want with the expectation that they will then go on to work within the school or group of schools in which they were trained, although there is no guarantee of employment.

Is early years an option?

Yes. We provide a 3-7 route as well as a 5-11 route.

Is this a PGCE?

Yes. You will obtain a PGCE (equal to a third of a masters degree) and QTS.

Is SEND an option?

Yes. From September 2017 there will be a SEND pathway.

Is the course assignment heavy?

The programme is being validated for September 2017 and the number of assignments has been reduced to those that are essential for the PGCE. These will be at L7 (masters).

What schools will I be training at?

All of our schools are quality assured, effective schools. Most schools belong to St. Bart’s Trust or are Strategic Partnership schools.

Can I choose which school I train at?

We will work with you to place you in the best school to meet your training needs. The responsibility of allocating placements rests with BTSA.

How is the year broken up?

You will complete a main placement in a Key Stage of your choice. This will cover the Autumn term and the Summer term. In the Spring term, you will complete a second placement in a contrasting school and Key Stage. There will also be enhanced placements e.g. SEND, EYFS and International.

How much school experience is needed?

There is no minimum requirement regarding school experience.

Do I need references/referees to apply?

Yes. You will need two references/referees to apply – these need to be ready when you submit your application.

How do I apply?

Apply for our School Direct programme via The UCAS Portal, by searching for Britannia Teaching School Alliance.

When does the application portal open and close?

The portal usually opens in the Autumn term for applications starting in the following September. The portal closes when all places are filled. Places are limited so please do not delay your application.

Got a question?

If you have another question about School Direct please please contact our School Direct Lead, Eva Cerioni, at or  complete the form below.

We will respond with the answer and add the question to this page.