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School Direct Initial Teacher Training – Salaried Route



September 3 at 8:00 am
July 31, 2019 at 5:00 pm
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Pen Green Research, Training and Development Base,
Rockingham Road, Corby,
NN17 1AG
United Kingdom

School Direct Salaried trainees are employed in a school as an unqualified teacher during their training year. They are likely to have an existing relationship with a school and/ or extensive experience in a school environment enabling them to secure a position as an unqualified teacher in a school for their training year. Salaried Trainees are trained at Pen Green in Corby during three one-week-long study blocks and 4 seminar days. The salaried route gives QTS and there is an option to undertake one assignment giving 30 level 7 (Masters level) credits. Trainees are paid a salary by their school and their tuition fees are paid by the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

Induction for School Direct Salaried trainees starts in June and July with trainees attending sessions at Pen Green along with their home school mentors and then independently. There is also an induction day at the start of the school year in September.

The first full study week takes place in September. This is followed by the first seminar day and then the second study week, prior to the Christmas break.  The second seminar day usually falls in February, followed by the third study week in March. Two further seminar days take place in the Summer term.

Salaried Trainees spend the rest of their time in school, learning ‘on the job’ from their teacher mentor, with additional support from their professional mentor and visiting tutors from the University and Pen Green. Teaching time will build gradually from a maximum 10 hours per week during the first term to a maximum of 16 hours per week. The responsibilities taken on and the rate at which they are increased will be decided upon by the in school mentors, taking into account the confidence, skills and experience of the unqualified teacher.

For 6-12 weeks of the year trainees undertake a second placement in a complementary school and in the adjacent age range of their home school placement. Trainees placed primarily in EYFS will undertake a second placement in Key stage 1 and vice versa. Trainees undertaking part of their training in special provision will need to spend at least 8 weeks in their second placement and trainees undertaking part of their training in a nursery school or class will need to spend at least 9 weeks in their second placement.

Course Content

The themes covered in the course include;

  • Forming a Learning Community
  • Reflective Practice
  • Beliefs and Values
  • The Core Subjects: English, Maths and Science
  • Children’s Literacy: Learning with a focus on phonics
  • The Foundation Subjects
  • Teacher Subject Knowledge
  • Safeguarding
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
  • Multilingual Childhoods
  • Teachers as Researchers
  • Underpinning Theory about how Children Learn
  • Involving Parents in their Children’s Learning
  • Children’s Progress in Learning over Time: Formative and Summative Assessment
  • The Teacher’s Role as Researcher and Leader

During the study weeks we have visiting speakers as well as visits to schools to see practice in action.

To be eligible for a place on the University of Hertfordshire and Pen Green’s Initial Teacher Training programme applicants must have the following academic qualifications:

  • An honours degree (2.1 or above preferred; 2.2 accepted with relevant experience or higher qualification).
  • GCSE or IGCSE Grade 4 or above in English language and mathematics (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).
  • GCSE or IGCSE Grade 4 or above in science/ biology/chemistry/physics/additional science or applied science (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).

Original certificates will need to be shown at interview. Where courses are still in progress, evidence of this will be required at interview and certificates will need to be shown prior to the course start date in September.

 Equivalent and International Qualifications

The City and Guilds Level 2 qualifications in numeracy and English are not deemed as equivalent to GCSE grade 4 or above for entry into initial teacher training.

The University of Hertfordshire does not accept equivalency tests in the place of GCSE qualifications

If your qualifications have been taken abroad then these need to be verified by NARIC before applying for the programme. Visit NARIC for more information or call +44(0)870 990 4088. English studied as a second language is not accepted, however an IELTS qualification of 5.5 or above in each of the 4 skills may be. If your qualifications have been taken abroad, please discuss the requirements in detail with Julia Mackintosh, the lead tutor at the University of Hertfordshire.

 School experience

To access the School Direct (salaried) programme, applicants must have a minimum of three years’ prior career experience, preferably but not essentially in a relevant work environment.

School Direct Salaried trainees must be employed full time as an unqualified teacher for the duration of their training year.

Professional Skills Tests

All Applicants will need to pass the Professional Skills test in literacy and numeracy prior to the course start date. There are practice papers and guidance available online.

In order to sit your skills test you must have already submitted an application for teacher training and will need to take proof of your teacher training application with you to the test, as well as two forms of ID (a primary ID such as a passport, and a secondary ID, for example a debit card). More information can be found on the STA website.


Applicants who are invited to interview will need to provide evidence of their right to train and/ or work in the UK.


Successful applicants must be willing to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formally criminal records bureau check).

The School Direct Salaried course normally takes a year to complete, and is a great choice if you want to stay in the world of work. You would be employed by your home school as an unqualified teacher for the duration of your training year and trainees often continue teaching in their school following training.

The National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) pays the course fees for Salaried teacher trainees.

Applications for initial teacher training should be made via the UCAS website.  The UCAS code for this course is 2ZZB

You will need to enter details of your qualifications and work experience as well as write a personal statement and obtain statements for two referees.

Please include your full career work experience in the ‘work experience’ section, even if you do not feel that a previous post is relevant to teaching.

Use your personal statement to highlight your motivations for pursuing a career in teaching and your relevant work experience.

If you are applying for the salaried route and have an established relationship with a school that is willing to employ you as an unqualified teacher during your training year, please highlight this in your personal statement and ask any relevant referees to do the same in their statements.

Please be aware that your application will not be visible to Pen Green or the University of Hertfordshire until all fields have been completed, including your references.

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to attend an interview at Pen Green or one of our partner schools. You will need to bring proof of your identity, qualifications, and right to study/ work in the UK with you to your interview.

To register your interest, obtain a work experience form to guide you during your work experience, or to discuss any questions you may have, please contact us via pengreenenquiries@northamptonshire.gov.uk or on 01536 443435.