School Direct Training Programme (Secondary) (PGCE)

University of Greenwich the United Kingdom

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About School Direct Training Programme (Secondary) at University of Greenwich

School Direct programmes offer on-the-job training in schools and university-based courses.

Successful School Direct graduates frequently find employment within their training school or in another school that is part of the scheme. Job prospects are excellent with 9 out of 10 newly qualified teachers gaining employment within six months of completing training.

School Direct offers two types of training place:

The School Direct Training programme leads to a PGCE and qualified teacher status (QTS). The university supports mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, music, physical education and French subjects. A bursary may be available from the Department for Education and trainees can apply for financial support, such as tuition fee loans and student loans.

School Direct Training  (Salaried)  places are open to graduates with three years or more work experience (not necessarily in education). Trainees are employed as unqualified teachers with a salary subsidised by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. The university can support the following subjects: maths, physics, biology, chemistry, MFL,music and PE.

The University of Greenwich is currently working in partnership with the following schools and providers for secondary School Direct training places: 

  • The Royal Greenwich Teaching Schools Alliance (St Ursula's Convent School, Greenwich, Plumstead Manor School, Thomas Tallis School, John Roan School, Eltham Hill School)
  • Dunraven School, Streatham
  • Trinity Church of England School, Belvedere
  • Valentines School, Ilford
  • St Angela's Ursuline Convent School, Forest Gate
  • Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, Saltwood
  • Forest Hill School, Lewisham
  • Northgate School, Edgware
  • The Leigh Technology College, Dartford
  • Woolwich Polytechnic School, Thamesmead.

All successful School Direct graduates will receive recommendation for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and in the case of the School Direct Training programme a PGCE.

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The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop the practical knowledge and theoretical understanding required to work with secondary school pupils
  • To develop the professional values and practice needed to meet the broad demands of teaching.

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Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

Find out more about our fees and the support available to you at our:

  • Teacher training fees and support
  • Postgraduate finance pages
  • International students' finance pages

Entry requirements for this course

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