Criteria for the programme and Interview Process

Criteria for the Programme

School Direct offers a unique training route to achieving qualified teacher status (QTS) and aims to attract the highest quality candidates. In order to apply for a place on School Direct, you must have:

  • A UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification
  • A GCSE grade C or above in English and Mathematics
  • A GCSE grade C or above in English, Maths and Science if you are applying to teach Primary or Key Stage 2/3 (ages 7-14)
  • For the salaried Primary route you need around 3 years experience (this does not have to be a job in education but must be separate to working whilst studying a degree).
  • For the salaried Secondary route you need 3 years experience (some of this should be in a UK classroom).

The Department for Education are removing the Professional Skills test from the 2019/2020 recruitment cycle. These will be replaced with a 'test' carried out at interview but the contents haven't been confirmed yet. 

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A-Levels and an undergraduate degree.

The School Direct Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should have a strong understanding of the subject you wish to teach before you start training. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, it is recommended that you undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training. 

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Interview Process

Once candidates have been shortlisted they will be invited to interview at one of our Academies or our Head Office.

The interview process will include feedback on an observed lesson.

A 'Teach the Panel' activity - details will be included in a confirmation email.

Secondary candidates will complete a Sheffield Hallam University English task.

There will also be a selection of formal interview questions.