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Funding for employment-based teacher training

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The School Direct (salaried) programme is an on-the-job programme that allows you to qualify as a teacher and pays a salary while you work.

You will be employed by a school, earn a salary, and work towards qualified teacher status (QTS) all at the same time. The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is a great employment-based route, open to graduates with at least three years' work experience. However, schools can decide to accept applications from candidates with less work experience to attract high-quality candidates in hard-to-fill subjects, such as maths and physics.

Salary

As a trainee on this route, you must be employed in a school while you train. You will receive a salary from your school. The amount will depend on where you train and your subject. This year trainees in maths, physics and computing could earn between £21,000 and £25,000 depending on your location.

The school will cover the cost of your training to become a qualified teacher, but you may need to pay for a qualification such as a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE), if awarded. Please check with the school you are interested in applying to about their particular arrangements.

Next steps

Please call the Teaching Line on Freephone 0800 389 2500 for more information about becoming a teacher, or register with us right now – it only takes a few minutes.

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