School Direct

School Direct Route Into Teaching


At FIPC we believe that teaching is an exciting, challenging and rewarding profession. We pride ourselves on having a proven track record over the past 20 years in training excellent practitioners and supporting them in gaining positions within our partnership schools. (See PGCE route for alternative entry into teaching.)


Hazelwood School is one of the lead schools for Forest Independent Primary Collegiate (FIPC) School Direct – the accrediting provider. FIPC is a school centred initial teacher training provider, offering both salaried and core school direct (unsalaried) routes into teacher training which have QTS status. The salaried route is offered with a salary of point 1 on the unqualified teacher scale (pro rata)

This new path into teaching is an excellent way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. It enables those who have been working in a career for many years to combine teacher training with actually doing and learning on the job.

Applications are made through UCAS to Hazelwood Infant School and these applications go directly through to the FIPC. Our partnership placement schools offer Early Years, Infant and Junior places within West Essex, Enfield, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Havering. These are excellent mainstream schools that are committed to supporting the process of the training. There is also the opportunity of facilitating the school led training at a school you have a relationship with providing it meets our requirements.

This one year course will be based in one school for the majority of the year with a contrast setting placement. Part of the course is theory based and there will be formal training days held mainly in the training room at FIPC in Chigwell. School Direct requires a full time commitment of 5 days per week from September to July and trainees are expected to participate fully in the everyday life of the schools in which they train.


To qualify for this school led route the minimum requirement is English, maths and science GCSE grade C and a degree of a 1st or 2:1, though applicants who have a 2:2 will be considered.

2 references are required and certificates to demonstrate the acquisition of both the literacy and numeracy Professional Skills Tests before a formal offer can be made.


There are two parts to the selection process:

  • There will be an observation of a short teaching activity within the school.
  • Successful candidates will be asked to attend a formal interview.

If there is anything further you wish to know about the School Direct Route please contact, Dr Helen Tyler, FIPC Director, on 07948373053 and she will be happy to answer any questions and talk you through the UCAS application process.


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