John Kelly 2“School Direct is a school-led Initial Teacher Training (ITT) scheme.  It is an approach to ITT that gives schools control over recruiting and training their own teachers.”

What is Schools Direct Salaried?

School Direct Salaried (SDS) is an exciting and challenging Initial Teacher Training programme that Ignite Teaching School offers in association with Suffolk and Norfolk School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT).  The programme attracts a wide variety of graduates into the teaching profession, including those seeking a career change.  Many, though not all, of those who train via this route already have some school experience. One of the reasons to choose this route is that this ITT route offers you the unique opportunity to earn a salary as you train to teach and there are no tuition fees to consider. It also offers a more ‘hands-on’ experience: As an SDS trainee with Ignite you will become part of a team of experienced professionals in a school from the start of the school year and will, therefore, benefit from opportunities to work and learn alongside experienced teachers both within the school and the larger alliance.

You will spend four days each week working within your Ignite placement school and one day each week in central training. Within your placement school you will gain further classroom experience by gradually taking over responsibility for additional lessons in the course of the year under the supervision of an experienced teacher.  Your maximum timetable commitment in term three will be 13 hours per week.

The following subjects are available for training commencing in September 2020:

High Priority Secondary (Full Time Route):  Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and Computer Science.

Priority Secondary  (Full Time Route) Biology, English, History, Geography, Design & Technology.

How do I apply?

Applications for School Direct Salaried places can be made by clicking here. To make an application for an Ignite Teaching School you need to search for us by postcode (NR31 7JJ) or by our provider code (18Z).  Your eventual salaried placement isn’t necessarily at Ormiston Venture Academy and may well be at one of the schools in the Teaching School Alliance.

Please note all School Direct candidates will be expected to have passed their QTS skills tests in both English and Maths before they begin their training.

How to maximise your chances of being offered an ITT place

Your application

Make your personal statement as detailed as possible – explain why you want to be a teacher; long holidays or ‘works well with childcare’ are not good reasons! You need to mention what it is about teaching children that appeals to you, and why you feel that you would be good at it – mention your personal qualities, and any relevant experience that you have. Try to show that you understand what the job of teacher entails.

Preparing for interview – do your research.

While it is no longer mandatory to gain school experience in order to be accepted onto a teacher training course, we strongly recommend that you spend some time in a school before your interview. Allow plenty of time to arrange this: while most schools are very happy to accommodate people wishing to get a taste of what it is like to work in a school, they are very busy places and may not be able to give you a date immediately. Obviously the longer the time spent there the better, but one day is better than nothing. Ask if you can shadow a teacher or a pupil and have some questions ready to ask yourself while you are there – what different things do the staff do? What are the expectations of the children? How does the curriculum work across the day/week?

Read up about teaching. Look up the teacher standards, the national curriculum and the exam specifications for your subject or phase. Read the OFSTED framework for inspecting schools.

Make sure you have all your exam certificates as you will usually be asked to bring them with you to interview. You can order them from exam boards or universities if you don’t have them, but this takes time so be prepared.

The Interview

It may sound obvious, but work out how you will get there.  Teachers have to be organised and able to come up with solutions: it doesn’t impress the teacher training provider if you ring up to ask for directions, or about public transport options.

Dress appropriately. Most schools have a staff dress code, which is generally smart, and often more conservative than many offices – so no miniskirts, leggings or flipflops; no jeans or t-shirts. You do have to be able to move freely around a classroom, so avoid tight suits or other restrictive clothing – but if in doubt, dress up rather than down.

You will usually be asked to deliver a short lesson – 10-20 minutes long – to a class or group of students. You will be told the topic and the year group. When planning this, don’t over-complicate it: the panel want to see that you have some idea of the ways in which children learn, and that you can interact effectively with them. Your pre-interview research will be very useful here.

You might be asked to participate in a group discussion or task with other candidates – if so, remember that the panel is looking not just for how much you know, but how well you work with others as a team.

In the interview itself, give examples to back up your answers. These could come from what you have read or seen when in a school.

Fees and Funding

School Direct Salaried is an employment-based route into teaching and full details of the finances for this can be found by clicking here.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss this training route further please contact us using the details shown below.