Teacher Education

School Direct

a trainee teacher with pupils

Loughborough University School Direct Route

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school-led teacher training route, in which a school or group of schools recruit and select their own students in collaboration with an accredited teacher training provider (such as Loughborough University), with the expectation that the trainees may go on to work within the school or group of schools to which they applied, although there can be no absolute guarantee of employment at the end of the training programme.

Loughborough is involved in the School Direct ‘tuition fees’ route into teacher training, in addition to its provider-led route into teaching.

The School Direct ‘tuition fee’ funded route is for high calibre graduates who wish to gain a Loughborough University masters level teacher education qualification. Both routes lead to the award of a PGCE with 90 masters level credits (which represents half a full masters degree) as well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

Which schools do Loughborough work with on School Direct?

Loughborough has School Direct partnerships with the following schools/groups of schools during 2022-23:

  • Diverse Association of Professional Learning
  • Forest Way Teaching School Alliance
  • LiFE MAT and Partners School Direct
  • Lionheart Teach
  • Loughborough Learning Alliance