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School Direct Training Programmes (Primary)

Become a primary school teacher and make a positive impact on a child’s life with a School Direct programme.

School Direct involves schools working in partnership with accredited teacher training institutions to offer training routes to Qualified Teacher Status for outstanding teachers. 

This course equips you with the knowledge and skills to teach across the primary age group (specialising in 3–7, 5–11 or 7–11 years). You'll develop an understanding of the National Curriculum and the learning needs of children, as well as the professional values you need to meet the demands of teaching.

We offer two School Direct routes into teaching - a salaried programme for graduates with three years' career experience, who will be employed as unqualified teachers, and a non-salaried route where you pay tuition fees and work towards a PGCE (with other sources of funding available). Both routes lead to the recommendation of Qualified Teacher Status.

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Department

School of Education

Campus

Avery Hill

Duration

1 years full-time

Start month

September

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What you should know about this course

  • School Direct offers a non-salaried programme, which combines school-based training with university study, and a salaried programme for graduates with three years’ career experience (not necessarily in education).
  • Ofsted rated the quality of teacher training in primary education as 'Outstanding' in its recent report on our initial teacher education provision in 2016.
  • This course leads to the recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status.
  • Our current training partners include Invicta Grammar School, Heronsgate Primary School, Northumberland Heath Primary School, Federation of Barnehurst School, Northfleet Nursery, Heronsgate Primary School and Northumberland Heath Primary School.

What you will study

About the course team

Welcome to our School Direct Training Programmes (Primary). Your teaching comes from an experienced team of lecturers. These include academics and practitioners with a wide range of experience. All of our teaching team holds a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

If you are

Applicants should have:

Candidates must also: 

  • Attend an interview
  • Undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check and an occupational health screening
  • (If applying for the School Direct Salaried Programme) Provide evidence of 3+ years' career experience, which does not have to be in an educational setting.

Recent experience of working with or observing children in a primary school classroom is encouraged.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

Alternatively, please contact us:

Available to overseas students?

Yes

Can I use prior learning?

Find out more on our Recognition of Prior Learning pages.

How you will learn

Teaching

You will be placed in your training school by the lead school and their School Direct Tutor (SDT). 

Your progress towards the Teachers' Standards will be supported, monitored and assessed by the members of the Greenwich Primary Partnership (School Direct Mentor, School Direct Tutor and School Direct link). 

 Over the course you will be expected to take increasing responsibility for the teaching of whole classes, groups and individuals.

Class sizes

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Independent learning

As a trainee working within the school setting, you will be supported to reflect on your learning through your portfolio as well as being supported by your school direct tutor.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of contact hours (lectures, seminars, etc), independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.

Assessment

Assessment is by written assessment and presentation, a case study and presentation, and an evidence portfolio. Full attendance at partnership events is expected.

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Dates and timetables

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

* For fees information please visit our fees information pages.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

Financial support

Other costs

Further costs may include (but are not limited to):

  • Resources: you may need to purchase books for your studies, as well as specific computer software (estimate, £150 per year)
  • Memberships: applying for membership of a professional body may incur further costs
  • Field trips: you may need to contribute towards any trips required for your course (estimate, £300 per year).

Careers and placements

Will I have a work placement?

Placements are a core element of teacher training which enable our trainees to put theory into practice in a supportive environment. 

We are extremely lucky to work with a wide range of partners across London, Essex and Kent to support our trainees. We work closely with trainees when deciding on placements to ensure that trainees get the best training possible whilst on our programmes. 

Our strong partnerships ensure our trainees are well supported and have outstanding experiences whilst training with us.

How long is my placement?

9-12 months of full-time paid work.

What are the financial arrangements?

For our School Direct Training (Salaried) programme, trainees are employed as unqualified teachers with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates of this course can pursue a teaching career in primary schools.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

More about Careers.

Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.

Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.

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Not quite what you were looking for?

We've got plenty of other courses for you to choose from. Browse our postgraduate taught prospectus or check our related courses below.

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Visit our teacher training subject page.

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