School Direct

School Direct is an employment based initial teacher training programme. School Direct places are available through St Francis School, a lead school, working with an accredited provider. St Francis School is working with Bishop Grosseteste to provide this training programme. Financial support and bursaries may be available throughout your training. 



The course lasts for one academic year. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Our School Direct programme also includes the option of a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). 


School Direct Routes




The School Direct programme (Fee Paying) is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary. 



The School Direct Programme (Salaried) is an employment based route into teaching fro high quality graduates with three or more years career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by the school. 


For more information, please visit this site Steps to become a teacher | Get Into Teaching (



St Francis School works alongside Bishop Grosseteste to provide outstanding training, care, guidance and support throughout your School Direct Programme. Training is provided by Bishop Grosseteste. This provides ample opportunities for all trainees to visit other local schools and meet many Outstanding teachers.



  • Degree Qualification 2:2 or above
  • GCSE English, Maths & Science Grade C or above
  • 3 years career experience (Salaried Route)
  • Successful completion of Skills Tests in English & Maths 

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How to Apply?

Applications for the academic year 2022 – 2023 can be submitted through UCAS from October 2021


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