What is School Direct?

School Direct is a new programme proposed in the 2011 Department for Education (DfE) ITT Strategy paper ‘Training Our Next Generation of Outstanding Teachers’ and is intended to help schools take a leading role in ITT. It allows schools, or groups of schools, to apply to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to be able to offer initial teacher training (ITT) places, which they then work with an accredited ITT provider,  to deliver.

School Direct has been expanded for the academic year 2014-15 and now offers two types of training places:

a) The School Direct Training Programme – This is open to all graduates and is funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary from the Teaching Agency (TA)
b) The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) – This is an employment based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. The trainee is employed as an unqualified teacher by a school. The Teaching Agency (TA) provides funding, which the school can use to subsidise the trainee’s salary and/or training. The School Direct Training Programme (salaried) replaces the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP) which has closed

At Aston Academy, we do not offer any "salaried" places.



Mission Statement

At Aston we are committed to providing high quality learning and teaching, enabling everyone to reach their full potential, whatever their age, ability, gender or ethnicity.

We believe that every person is unique and we work together in an inclusive environment of mutual respect and consideration, valuing everyone's contribution.

Through our partnership with the local and wider community we aim to support our young people in successfully taking their place in society.

All adults in school have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

With your commitment we will make a difference.


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