New 'School Direct' programme opens
Schools can now apply for ‘School Direct’ teacher training places, commencing in September 2013.
School Direct gives schools the opportunity to recruit and train their own staff, who will go on to teach in their school, or another school in their partnership.
Under the new scheme, schools will train the best graduates as teachers in the subjects and phases they need, and work with accredited providers – such as top universities and other schools – to lead the way they are trained. This will help drive up the quality of teacher training by giving schools a greater role in recruiting and training new teachers; involving the best serving teachers in training the next generation; and encouraging more school-led partnerships for teacher training.
Candidates benefit from attractive bursaries for priority subjects like mathematics, physics, and modern languages, as well a job at the end of their training. They will also benefit from an additional 25 per cent premium on top of the bursaries if their training is based in a challenging school with a high proportion of disadvantaged children – where 35 per cent or more of pupils are eligible for free school meals.
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