New Teachers (ITT)

School Direct

The School Direct Training Programme is available to all graduates and offers tax free bursaries of up to £25,000 for candidates with top degrees in priority subjects. Swindon Teaching School is offering School Direct places and is looking for applications from the most able graduates across Swindon and the immediate area. School Direct provides candidates with an opportunity to gain practical experience whilst schools are able to personalise the training to the needs of the individual candidate.

This new path into teaching is a great way to gain the qualifications and practical skills needed to become a teacher. It enables those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years, to combine teacher training with ‘on the job’ learning.

School Direct is a convenient way to learn and qualify to become a teacher, offering candidates support from their future colleagues who have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Swindon Teaching School provides training for primary school teachers (through The University of Gloucestershire) and secondary school teachers through Swindon Secondary School Teaching Alliance Initial Teacher Education (SSSTA ITE).  

Swindon Initial Teacher Education (SITE) offers hands-on, school based teacher training from early years through to sixth form levels. Working with its higher education partner, University of Gloucestershire, SITE offers a range of pathways which lead to national and internationally recognised teaching qualifications.

All of our pathways lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Some pathways, however, lead to QTS and Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE Masters) or Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE Honours). QTS is the professional qualification that is required to teach in state schools in England and Wales. Our current pathways are:

  • Salaried School Direct places leading to QTS only (primary)
  • School Direct places leading to QTS + PGCE (primary)
  • Salaried School Direct places leading to QTS + PGCE (secondary)
  • School Direct places leading to QTS + PGCE (secondary)

Additionally, we offer a Return to Teaching programme and an abridged QTS only programme. The Return to Teaching programme is intended for qualified teachers who have been absent from the profession for a while and who now want to return to the classroom with the benefit of getting up to speed with the recent changes in educational thinking. The abridged QTS only programme provides a reduced time, salaried route and is intended for people with at least two years’ work experience and who, for personal reasons, would benefit from completing their training in less than the traditional academic year. Further details of the abridged route can be found at:

The key features of SITE’s Initial Teacher Training pathways are:

  • The integration of school-based and provider-led training
  • Training in two different Swindon schools (a main and a second placement)
  • The full support of an in-school Subject Mentor and in-school Professional Tutor
  • A university awarded PGCE
  • A highly supportive pastoral network

SITE is purposed to train and develop high quality primary and secondary teachers who can lead pupils’ learning in positive and empowering directions which result in high levels of happiness, well-being, and progress and attainment that far exceeds national outcomes.

Alternatively you can call Clare Moon (secondary) on 01793 846127 (e-mail or Sarah Jerman (primary) on 01793 818603 (e-mail


See links below for further information:
DTS A partnership for excellence commercial:
STS A partnership for excellence commercial:
Useful information for prospective trainees:

All applications must be made via UCAS using the link below:

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