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School FAQs

What will the financial cost be to the school in taking a School Direct trainee?

There is the fee to the initial teacher training provider for training and assessment. This varies from provider to provider. The cheapest charge will be for the Assessment Only route, but this is only available in certain circumstances. Tuition fees are capped at £9,000 – many are around £7,000 per student, for a basic QTS qualification. The trainee will only teach part of a full time teachers timetable - up to 90% but often less than this.
Schools normally pay a salary to the trainee. This is in the school’s discretion. Most schools pay an unqualified teacher salary (c £15-17,000 pa).
Your school may also have to pay for Mentor training based on the requirements of the ITT provider. Your school will also need to consider the cost of time allocated to senior staff for mentoring.
Some schools assess the trainee for a year by employing them as a teaching assistant or unqualified teacher before committing the school to paying for their training.

How much time commitment is involved in training a School Direct trainee?

Most schools would say a lot!
It is normal to allocate one or two sessions a week to each trainee to meet with their mentor. Where a school has subject or phase mentors and a professional mentor overseeing all trainees, the professional mentor will also be allocated time, though they may be combining this with other staff development work.
There will be times of the year when there will be more work to do, like when completing paper work, and some trainees require much more support than others.

Which initial teacher training (ITT) provider should we use?

We list some ITT providers who have already worked with the independent sector in the Training Providers list. This is not comprehensive but includes some of the training providers commonly used by the independent sector.

What is the role of the initial teacher training (ITT) provider?

This will vary. All ITT providers give QTS accreditation and therefore assess the school experience and progress of the trainee. They will help the school to provide the necessary framework, assistance, expertise and guidance to train a teacher to the highest possible standard.

Do we have to offer the trainee a permanent post after training?

No, but most schools train with that possibility in mind. It is important to make clear in the employment contract what the position is.

Are there other schools that we can contact who have already taken a School Direct Trainee?

We provide a list of schools you could contact in our Participating Schools list, this is not comprehensive, but is a starting point. You can also read the case studies written by schools who have trained teachers.

We only occasionally are in a position to employ an unqualified teacher. Is it worth therefore even considering School Direct training?

Yes it certainly is. There is a lot of support available and through this website you can contact schools who have already taken a School Direct trainee, please see our Participating Schools list, this is not comprehensive, but is a starting point.

My school is interested in pursuing on the job training. What are the next steps?

Contact a provider and discuss what they offer. Advertise the post saying that you are interested in an unqualified teacher to train on the job.

Do we have to have an in school mentor?

Training providers will insist on this and having a positive and committed mentor for the trainee is key to the success of the training. Many providers will offer training to the mentor.