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How to apply for School Direct Training

Apply to an independent school

Apply for a post in an independent school that will accept someone without Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and where there is a commitment from the school to train you (you may need to ask). The school will work with an initial teacher training provider. It is likely you will need to be interviewed and accepted by this training provider too.

Once appointed, you are likely to be required to undertake some pre-training before you actually start in the classroom. This may include online preparation, time with the training provider and lesson observations. This varies from between schools and providers.

For a full explanation of other ways to apply for School Direct training please visit the Department for Education Get into Teaching website.

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Where to look for jobs

You may be able to take a teaching position without QTS with a commitment from the school to train you on the job. ISC schools will list job vacancies in the TES and sometimes on the following ISC member associations’ websites:

ISC schools all belong to our member associations. Schools are only accepted into membership if they meet the association's high standards. These schools in England are also inspected by the Independent School Inspectorate (ISI) and you can read their most recent report on the school's website or on the ISI website.

School Direct Training

School Direct allows you to do on the job training.

School Direct Funding

Some Independent schools offer School Direct places where the trainee is paid a salary.