School Direct

Chauncy School in Partnership with University of Hertfordshire

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School Direct (QTS)

School Direct is a school-based approach to teacher training, which in many ways mirrors the life of a ‘real’ teacher, as you are based in school from the very start of the training and for the majority of the course.

Chauncy works in partnership with Hertfordshire University to recruit trainees and train them according to an agreed programme.   The programme lasts for one year and for trainees this will involve undertaking training at both in school and the University throughout the year.

School Direct is also a way of growing our own teachers and future leaders; it can make a key contribution to school strategy and help the continuing professional development of staff.

Salaried and Training Routes

There are two types of programmes available.  Both programmes are for one academic year and are full-time. Salaries and bursaries are available to support you and your training:

  • School Direct Salaried leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only

    We would expect candidates to have undertaken some experience in an educational setting.  This experience will normally have been gained since leaving university and does not have to be from an educational setting, although it could be.

    Primarily, the salaried route is designed to career changers. 

    You are employed as a member of staff in school, as an unqualified teacher and paid a starting salary £19,365.00 (some subjects attract ‘uplift’ payments)

  • School Direct Unsalaried – leading to the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).  The PGCE comprises 60 masters level credits and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

    Open to all graduates who meet the minimum entry requirements. 

    Funded by tuition fees (£9250) paid by the trainee directly.

    You will be eligible for the standard student support package, including training bursaries and tuition fee loans.  The training programme will be for one academic year and is a full-time programme.

    – In both cases, there are minimum entry requirements.

In addition, we are looking for people who have the right personal qualities and potential to be an outstanding teacher. While experience of working with young people is not essential, it is often found that the strongest applicants are those who have shown an interest in working with young people and a willingness to get some experience of school where possible. You are likely to be asked at interview about your experiences of being in a school, even if it just from an observational point of view.

Details about all the routes available for teacher training and an explanation of how to apply can be found at

The School Direct applicant cycle closes on Monday 26th June 2023, with final interviews scheduled for Friday 30th June 2023.

Link to the University of Hertfordshire website:

How To Apply

All applications must be made through the DofE website: