School Direct

Thinking about training to teach?

Teaching is a rewarding and challenging profession and there are more routes into teaching than ever before. We are committed to training the next generation of outstanding teachers within our alliance schools, through the School Direct programme.

School Direct with the Griffin Teaching School Alliance

School Direct is run as a partnership between a lead school (in this case Lawrence Sheriff School), other schools and a university, where the school you are based in has a significant role to play in the selection process. You spend most of your time in your base school, but would also spend time in a second contrasting school, in addition to time spent at university.

Our main partner is Warwick University, but for some subjects we partner with The Cambridge Partnership.

2021-22 School Direct places

Applications for a September 2020 start are now closed. Applications for a September 2021 start will open in October 2020.

Our available courses can be found using the Department for Education’s ‘Find postgraduate teacher training’ service:

Primary and Secondary Subjects

We offer a broad range of secondary school subjects. At Primary level we offer general Primary (Key Stage 1 and 2) which trains you to be a primary school teacher.

We have vacancies in the following subjects for 2021-22:


Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages (French, German & Spanish), Physical Education, Physics & Religious Education.

The subjects we offer will vary year on year.

We have places available with the following partner schools:

·        Avon Valley School, Rugby

·        Coundon Court, Coventry

·        Moat House Primary School, Coventry

·        North Leamington School

·        Rugby High School

·        Stockton Primary School

Types of training places

There are two types of school direct training places available. For both routes with Warwick University there is an expectation that you will attend training at the university for one week prior to the commencement of the academic year.

School Direct (tuition fee)

These places are open to graduates and the trainee pays the university tuition fees (but many trainees qualify for bursaries or scholarships).  Warwick University’s PGCE tuition fees for the academic year 2020-21 are £9,250. The amount of bursary or scholarship typically depends on the subject that you wish to teach and degree class held, but for example:

  • A trainee on a secondary school Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Languages programme could receive up to £28,000 in scholarship and an additional £6,000 in early career payments.

To check how much you might be eligible for follow this link – Funding Options for Trainee Teachers

The tuition fee will be charged at the start of the academic year.

You may also be eligible for a tuition fee or maintenance loan.

School Direct (Salaried)

These places are aimed mainly at graduates with three or more years’ work experience and career changers.

Trainees are employed by the school for the duration of the course. The school pays the university tuition fees and the school employs the trainee throughout the training programme, paying them a salary.   Your salary would be confirmed, but is just over £17,500. Some schools may pay more for shortage subjects.

There are tuition fees towards the PGCE element of the qualification. This fee is between £2,000 - £3,000 and depends on the awarding University. School Direct trainees on the salaried route are not eligible for bursaries or scholarships.

Qualification outcome

You need Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to be able to teach in a school in England as a qualified teacher.

All our Warwick University programmes lead to the award of QTS and an additional academic (Postgraduate Certificate in Education - PGCE) qualification with masters credits.

Programmes with the Cambridge Partnership lead to QTS and possibly PGCE. This will be discussed on an individual basis.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Before you apply, please check you have the following:


  • Minimum of a second class (2:2) honours degree.
  • Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science (or equivalent).


  • Minimum of a second class (2:2) honours degree in the subject you wish to teach or that is relevant to your chosen subject.
  • Grade C/Level 4 or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent).

Before starting your course you must also pass an occupational health check and a criminal record (DBS) check.

How do I apply?

All applications must be made online through UCAS.   UCAS opens for applications for 2021-22 programmes in October 2020.

The UCAS website has lots of useful information to help you with your application.

Your application

We recommend including the following in your application:

  • Any teaching experience or general experience in schools
  • Other work with young people
  • The skills and abilities you can bring to teaching
  • Why you want to become a teacher
  • Details about your subject knowledge

What happens once I have applied?

Applications are processed initially by Lawrence Sheriff School and the appropriate university.

You are notified of decisions via UCAS, so please check this regularly. Emails will also be sent to those invited to interview.

  • Interviews are held at either Lawrence Sheriff School or the school you have applied to.
  • Typically the selection process will last approximately half a day, during which you will attend an interview, conduct a short teaching task, meet members of the department or school team you will be working with and tour the school. For Secondary applicants there may also be a discussion or task relating to your chosen subject.
  • If you are successful at interview, you will be informed by UCAS and the lead school.

Further information

If you would like to contact us about our School Direct programme please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

More information on our School Direct courses with specific partners:

The University of Warwick

The Cambridge Partnership

For more general information on School Direct, please visit the Department for Education website.

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