Initial Teacher Training

ITT/Schools Direct

Schools Direct Teacher Training

Working in partnership to train tomorrow’s outstanding teachers.

  • Could you be an outstanding and inspiring teacher?
  • Do you have a good degree?
  • Do you want to develop your teaching skills in a supportive school environment?
  • Then School Direct is the training route for you…

Suffolk Borders Alliance has primary and secondary placements in schools across the area for school direct training in partnership with University of Hertfordshire and SNITT.


What is School Direct?

School Direct is a relatively new path into teaching and is a great  way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher.  If you have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years you can combine teacher training with learning on the job..


School Direct Routes:

There are two versions of the programme, Schools Direct (PGCE) and Schools Direct (Salaried). In both cases, schools request training places, recruit trainees and form a partnership with a training provider such as the Suffolk and Norfolk Initial Teaching Training Programme and the Anglia Ruskin University . The school and training provider determine the pattern of training and agree responsibilities.


School Direct (Salaried) Trainees are employed as an unqualified teacher during training and receive a salary. For more information go to:


Primary School Direct For more details regarding our Primary School Direct  go to:


Schools Direct (Tuition) The trainee must pay a course fee, but can receive a bursary depending on subject and degree classification.


Applications for September 2016 (the application process opens mid October on the UCAS website:

We have places in the following subjects:


Primary (salaried) Please note: On October 5th 2015 the Government announced changes to elements of their funding of initial teacher training. As a result of this, funding to providers to run the primary salaried programme is at a significantly lower level. We anticipate primary schools in our Alliance may well still offer this training route however it will be in more exceptional circumstances than previously seen.  At the end of the Primary Salaried programme successful trainees have the opportunity to gain 30 credits at Masters level and are recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.


English (salaried)


Maths (salaried)


Physics (salaried)


Chemistry (salaried)


Biology (salaried)

Art & Design

Computer Science

Computer Science (salaried)


DT - Food

DT - Product Design (salaried)

DT - Food (salaried)


MFL - French

Religious Education


All of these posts are subject to an enhanced DBS check


For more information and to apply please click here:


For Primary applicants only:  

Please click on the link below for the pre-application task. If you are invited to interview you will be required to bring the completed task with you.


For Primary and Secondary:

Before you start your training you will be required to pass a professional skills test, the link for information regarding this is below:


Obviously, you’ll also need a strong understanding of the subject you want to teach before you start training. If your degree subject doesn’t link closely to your chosen teaching subject, we’d advise you to take a subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course  before starting teacher training. You can only do these in England and only in certain subjects. The link below will give you more information.


If you would like to support your application for teacher training by spending time in a classroom and speaking to experienced teachers and school staff you can register with the School Experience Programme:


SCITT - School Centered Initial Teacher Training:



NQT (Newly Qualified Teachers):

In Addition, we are running our comprehensive NQT programme (programmes attached to this page).  In line with this, we also act as an appropriate body, registering NQTs with the NCTL and supervising their induction year.


 Train to Teach Events

We will be attending three Train to Teach events. For more information please see the flyer attached to this page.