Our School Direct (tuition fee) programme allows you to learn on the job as you work towards your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) recommendation. This non-salaried route is run by Plume Community Teaching Partnership and we work closely with TES Institute. You will be based at Plume Academy or one of our partner secondary or primary schools and your pedagogical training will be delivered by TES Institute.

School Direct programmes are popular with students who are hoping to gain a position in their placement  or other local schools  following their training.

Although your training is based in a school, in many ways your training will be similar to training programmes in universities and colleges. Our Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) route is accredited by the University of East London.

While the majority of School Direct training programmes lead to a PGCE qualification, you may also opt for our QTS only route, which will fully qualify you to teach in England and Wales.


Entry Requirements

You must have achieved the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for School Direct (tuition fee) programmes:

  • You’ll need to hold an undergraduate degree awarded by a UK higher education provider, or a recognised equivalent qualification.

  • You’ll need to have achieved a standard equivalent to grade C(4), or above, in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics.

  • If you intend to train to teach pupils aged three to eleven (early years and primary), you must also have achieved a standard equivalent to a grade C(4), or above, in a GCSE science examination.

To request more information:


Contact ITT Administrator

01621 854681 Ext 8228

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