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School Direct (Salaried) (QTS)

 School Direct Programme (Salaried) (QTS)

This one year programme leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Whilst on the programme you will be employed as an unqualified teacher by the school. You will be in school from the first day of the school year and be treated as a member of teaching staff from the outset. Most of your time will be spent training in school where you will be assigned two mentors; a senior mentor and a subject mentor. The school based training will also be complemented by up to 20 days training at the Walsall campus of our accredited provider, The University of Wolverhampton. 

You will have one main school placement during the year. During the spring term you will complete another placement in a second school. In both schools you will be supported by a school based tutor and a university tutor. At least one of your placements will give you access to post-16 learners. 

This full-time course is demanding. However, the mentors both in school and university will support and monitor your progress. Regular meetings with your mentors will provide feedback and help you to set targets. CPD sessions tailored to your needs as a trainee teacher will be delivered throughout the year in addition to staff meetings, whole school CPD sessions and INSET days. 

Further information about the School Direct (Salaried) programme can be found here:  

Placements Available

School Direct (Salaried) places are listed on the UCAS Teacher Training site under our Lead School, Lordswood Girls’ School. Our training provider code is 1VK.


Trainees who successfully complete the School Direct (Salaried) route will be awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


We are currently offering salaried places in:

Secondary English (based at Lordswood Girls’ School) Training Programme Code 27V3

Entry Requirements

We welcome applicants with a UK-recognised Honours Degree, preferably 2:1 or above, in which the majority of the content was in your chosen teaching subject.

In addition to a good honours degree you must have GCSE grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent.

All applicants will be required to have passed the Numeracy and Literacy Professional Skills tests before commencing an ITT programme. Ideally candidates will have passed these tests before interview. If not, any offers made will be conditional on passing these tests. If required, The University of Wolverhampton will provide free support to pass the skills tests.

School Direct (salaried) is primarily aimed at career changers with three or more years’ work experience. In addition you will need to have secondary school experience in the UK and will have spent time within the subject you are applying to teach.

All candidates called to interview will be required to complete a medical fitness declaration. An enhanced disclosure certificate from the Disclosure and Barring Service will also be required before commencing the programme.

Selection Process

All applications for 2016 from 27th October will need to be made online through the UCAS Teacher Training website. Information and guidance on completing the application form can be found at:

All applicants prior to 27th October should be made via our Fast track recruitment optic.

The University of Wolverhampton will sift and short-list applications based upon the course entry requirements. Successful applicants will be invited to attend a school assessment day and a formal interview at the university. 

The school will invite shortlisted applicants to school for assessment. This will involve a full day in school. During the day you will observe students in classes, teach a short lesson and have the opportunity to talk to some staff and students. The school will decide whether a candidate would be suitable for their school or not – and list them according to preference. This information will be forwarded to the university. 

After the school assessment day, successful candidates will be required to attend an interview at the University of Wolverhampton, our accredited provider. The day will include a panel interview where you will be expected to answer questions supporting your application and complete subject knowledge audits. All original certificates for GCSE and degree qualifications and, if completed, Professional Skills Tests will be required at interview. You will also need to bring proof of identity in the form of passport or photo driving licence. 


What We Are Looking For

We are looking for trainee teachers who demonstrate strong subject knowledge in their chosen subject. You should also have studied this subject to A Level. 

Applicants should demonstrate that they can: 

  • Communicate effectively with adults and young people.
  • Reflect on any recent experience they have of teaching and their own learning.
  • Articulate their perceived professional learning needs.


Trainees on the School Direct (Salaried) programme will be employed by their training school on a 12 month contract. You will be paid at no less than point one of the unqualified teacher pay scale.  


Apply through the UCAS teacher training website 

Contact Us


Telephone: 0121 429 2838




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I had no idea we were going to get these (CPD) sessions ……  they really helped my learning.