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The resulting qualification is accredited as a PGCE with QTS. Applications for the School Direct programme are available from the following link:


We will be offering a number of placements for the current and coming academic year in:

  • http://www.tcts.education/images/bullet_2.jpg Early Years

  • http://www.tcts.education/images/bullet_2.jpg Primary

In order to submit your application, you will be required to confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for School Direct. All applicants will be asked for details of:

  • http://www.tcts.education/images/bullet_2.jpg Contact information
  • http://www.tcts.education/images/bullet_2.jpg Qualifications and educational history, including details of the institutions at which qualifications were gained
  • http://www.tcts.education/images/bullet_2.jpg Referees, including contact information
  • http://www.tcts.education/images/bullet_2.jpg Candidates are advised to have this information to hand before completing their application.

You will also be required to submit a personal statement. This is your opportunity to explain why the school should offer you a place on the programme. As there is considerable competition for places, we recommend that you spend some time writing, drafting and checking this before submitting your application.

Registration and applications are completely free. In addition, the system allows you to save and manage your draft applications, and stores copies of your submitted applications for your reference. You can apply for School Direct places at up to three lead schools initially. You will be able to apply to further schools if any of your initial applications are unsuccessful and you have not accepted a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) place through the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) or Teach First.

Please note that whilst applications for School Direct will not be accepted via the GTTR, you will be asked to note on your School Direct application form whether you have made an application to the GTTR for a place, and if so, which teacher training provider you have applied to and your chosen subject.

You will also be required to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

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