The Swindon Teaching School (STS) has been running the Schools Direct (SD) Programme for the last 6 years. Over those years, the programme has successfully trained over 90 trainee teachers who have gone onto gain QTS and successful employment within the town. The standard of trainees leaving the programme is very high with past graduates now holding both middle and senior leadership positions within their schools.
What is the Schools Direct Salaried Programme?
The SD salaried programme is an employment based route into teaching. Trainees are employed by the host school as an unqualified teacher for 10 months and will gain valuable knowledge, skills and teaching experience over the course of the year. Accredited by the University of Gloucestershire, each trainee with acquire Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) on successful completion. As the year progresses, the trainee takes on increased teacher responsibility starting at 50% in Term 2 through to 80% in Terms 5&6.
For the 2019-20 academic year we are seeking schools to support both our PGCE and Salaried trainees.
For more information on what is involved in employing a Schools Direct Salaried trainee please refer to our information booklet.
If you like to speak to someone in person regarding employing a Schools Direct trainee please contact Lee Edmonds on [email protected]
Have a read of what some of the schools said about having a Schools Direct Salaried Trainee;
Taking the opportunity to engage with the Schools Direct programme proved to be an extremely beneficial decision. Mentoring, working alongside and having a direct input into the professional development of the next generation of teachers was a very rewarding experience and something we now look towards as the preferred means of future employment within our school. Dan Clarke – Head Teacher – Brook Field School
Drove Primary School has supported a significant number of Schools Direct students over the last few years. They have come to Drove via a number of routes including securing a role as a TA prior to application or by selection after interview. However, both routes give the school an opportunity to mould and train the students; supporting them to develop into high calibre teachers, with a secure understanding of the values of the school and the teaching methods used by the school. In the current, difficult recruiting climate the school has home grown teachers ready to slot in to openings that may arise. Most of the students who are successfully appointed by the school remain with the school completing the Summer term, familiarising themselves with the children they will be teaching and preparing themselves for the start of the Autumn term. This minimises the induction period at the start of a new academic year which in turn brings about positive impacts on outcomes for the children. Helen Swanson – Principal – Drove Primary School
“Recruiting quality teachers can be challenging so using the SD salaried programme has been supportive in improving outcomes in children as well as providing candidates for future school positions. The STS provides high quality training for trainees which means they are up to date with current and relevant research in Teaching, Learning and Assessment.” – Elaine Murphy, Acting Headteacher, The Croft Primary School
“Trainee teacher from the SD salaried programme bring up to date and new ideas and training into the school. This route also gives schools the opportunity to ‘grow their own’ staff and have a possible teacher, who already understands the ethos and systems in the school. We have had 2 members of staff join us through this route and they have both been great teachers and a real asset to our organisation” Tammy van der Meulen, Principal, Nyland Primary School
“The benefits of having a SD salaried trainee is that you get to develop a teacher for your school for the future. We have always found that these trainees go on to have successful NQT years as they are able to hit the ground running as they already know the processes and procedures of the school.” Rachel Skates, Principal, Mountford Manor