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The School Direct training route provides trainees with a balance of training and work experience which includes ‘on the job’ school experience, formal training, coaching & mentoring, and academic study. Trainees attend lectures and seminars at the University of Bedford, typically one day a week, with the rest of the time spent in one of our DLPT schools or partnership schools. The training course covers the age range from five to eleven years, operates over one school academic year and is a full time programme.

You will be assigned an experienced school-based mentor. They will meet with you on a weekly basis to provide guidance and support. Starting on a zero timetable, with the support of your mentor, this will gradually increase over the academic year until you are eventually teaching around 80% of a full timetable.

A contrasting placement in a second setting is undertaken during the Spring term. This will provide a broader view of educational issues and experiences.

Upon successful completion of the course, all trainees will have achieved Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and credits towards a Masters degree.