The School Direct (Tuition Fee) programme allows trainee teachers to learn in the role as they work towards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
This is a non-salaried route, so schools do not need to pay trainees.
The Tuition Fee route is available for both primary and secondary teaching; it is paid for by the trainee and is run by a school, or group of schools, working closely with e-Qualitas to certify successful trainees.
- Programme length: 3x Academic Terms
- Teaching Qualification: Qualified Teacher status
- Fees & Funding (Academic year 2021/22) £7,200 (Trainee pays)
School Direct programmes are popular with students who are hoping to gain a position in their placement school following their training. The secondary programme focusses on the 11 – 16 or the 14-19 age range and the primary programme takes place across the 3-7 or, 7-11 or 5-11 age ranges.
Although trainees are based in a school, they are not employees and in many ways their training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges.
Unlike School Direct Salaried, trainees will pay fees – though they might be eligible for funding through student loans, bursaries, or scholarships.
Schools will have option to keep a trainee on as a full-time teacher after they gain their QTS.
Fees: £7,200, payable by the trainee (£6,000 + VAT with an optional disbursement of £2,000 – so a maximum fee of £9,200)