How to become a teacher – which route is best for you?
What’s the difference between School Direct and Provider-Led Routes?
‘School Direct’ and ‘Provider-Led’ refers to the types of organisations that are offering the training. One route is not any better quality than another but they are funded differently.
- Provider-Led is a SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training), a partnership of schools offering training who are accredited by the DfE
- School Direct Training is offered by schools, working in partnership with a SCITT or University
Provider-led training routes charge fees and do not offer salaried courses.
So what is a School Direct Salaried Route into teaching?
On School Direct Salaried Routes you will be employed by a school and train alongside training fee trainees, typically finishing training in July and be assessed at that point and recommended for Qualified Teacher Status.
What is the salary like?
The salary offered is calculated on the Unqualified Teachers Pay Scale for 11 months.
What about fees?
On the School Direct Salaried Route, fees are paid by the school, whereas Provider-led and the School Direct Training Route trainees must pay the fees of £9,250 per year (usually funded through student loans).
Is the training different on these routes?
No. All salaried and training route trainees benefit from the 120+ days in school and the 70+ days of centre-based training and will attend lectures together.
How to become a teacher – Choosing your route
At Essex and Thames Primary SCITT, we pride ourselves on offering you a range of teacher training routes which we have put into a handy chart below.
Download our routes into teacher training chart to look at later.
If you’re not sure, do contact us and chat through the options available for you. Our office staff are always on hand to answer your calls, or you may like to pop in for an informal chat at any time.
Call 01268 570215 to discuss with our friendly team.
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We are always very happy to talk you through how to become a teacher with us. You can call, email or visit us at our base at Runwell Community Primary School.