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    School Direct Fee-Paying

    School Direct fee paying is a training route into teaching offered by Southfields Academy and leading to a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). The programme was officially launched in September 2012 and Southfields Academy was one of the first schools in the country to train the first cohort of School Direct fee paying trainees.


    Your training will last one academic year and will be provided by Southfields Academy and one of our HEI partners – Goldsmiths, St Mary’s, the Royal Academy of Dance or the Institute of Education. Your school placements will be either at Southfields Academy or at one of our partner schools in our National Teaching School Alliance – which currently includes a wide range of secondary schools and special schools.


    The programme will enable you to be trained by our experts in I.T.T. (Initial Teacher Training) as well as benefit from the academic rigour and expertise of the excellent staff at our partner universities. Southfields Academy already has a well-established E.B.I.T.T. (Employment Based Initial Teacher Training) which is graded ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and evaluated as the best E.B.I.T.T. in the country by ‘The Good Teacher Training Guide – 2011′.


    Programme Details
    The training is provided at Southfields Academy, the relevant HEIs and partner schools. It includes training sessions at Southfields Academy and the HEIs and two school placements of 3-4 months each. School Direct fee paying offers you the best of “both worlds” – practice-based training and mentoring in schools led by outstanding teachers, as well as university-based training and mentoring provided by some of the best academics in the field of education. For further information about the School Direct programme you can also consult the Department of Education, Get into Teaching, website (Click here).


    Places will be self-funded. Although you could be eligible for a tax-free bursary of up to £25,000. Bursaries are dependent on the subject you want to teach and the degree class that you hold. Visit the Department for Education, Get into Teaching website for further details (Click here).


    Applications are through the UCAS Teacher Training Admissions system, which you can access here.

    The financial incentives available for training in 2017 / 2018 are in the table below.



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